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West African Vegetarian Vegetable Stew

Updated on March 13, 2015

Easy One Pot Meal

West African Vegetarian Vegtable Stew.

When I first came across this one pot recipe made with sweet potatoes, I knew I wanted to try it.

The original recipe called for a few other ingredients and used chicken stock, so I had to make a few changes.

I like that it's really easy and can be made in one dish, making clean up a snap. Serve it alone or with rice, cous cous or noodles. A great dish for entertaining or any time.

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LindaJM says:

I made this for dinner tonight. It is delicious! Slightly spicy and slightly sweet. I made some substitutions... currants instead of raisins and kale instead of spinach... but still, very good. Thanks for the recipe!

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 6

Kitchen Equipment Needed

You will need:

12 inch skillet



measuring cup

West African Vegetarian Vegetable Stew by Campbells
West African Vegetarian Vegetable Stew by Campbells


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 large sliced onions (2 cups)
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 pound sweet potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1 large tomato chopped (2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 14 oz. of vegetable broth
  • 15 oz. can low salt Garbonzo beans drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups chopped fresh spinach leaves


  1. Heat oil in a 12 inch skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook until tender.
  2. Add potatoes, tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in raisins, cinnamon, pepper, broth and heat until it boils. Turn down heat to low setting. Cover and cook for additional 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in garbanzo beans, spinach. Cook until spinach is wilted. Can be served over cooked rice or noodles.

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If you have made this stew, please let me know

how you liked it or if you made any changes our

readers might like to try.

Duslan (a visitor) tried it and added pinto beans

instead of garbonzo beans.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Millionaire Tips appreciate your visit.

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      Shasta Matova 3 years ago from USA

      This delicious - and healthy too!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      @takkhisa: Hope you do. Let me know how you like it. Good to see you.

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      To make a stew we require some useful ingredients. The ingredients I need to make this stew are available where I live, so I may try it. Thank you.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      @Susan Zutautas: Raisins do change the taste of something. Not everyone likes them, but it's easy to leave them out or change the amount. Nice seeing you Susan. Hope you are doing better each day.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love sweet potatoes in stews, and just discovered how much when I added them to a stew myself last week. Your vegetarian west African stew looks delicious and I can image with the addition of raisins in the stew how wonderful this must taste.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      @TransplantedSoul: Thanks for your question. Sweet potatoes do cook faster when they are diced in smaller pieces about the size of peas or lima beans. I rather like my vegetables firm and not like mush. Cook the vegetables to your desired texture. Hope this heled.

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      TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

      This looks good. Can you confirm the cooking time. Do the sweet potatos really cook that fast?

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      This stew looks so yummy! It is cold here and I just might try the West African Stew :)

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      LindseyKrelle 4 years ago

      Sounds absolutely delicious - just right for the cold winter weather

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      Karen 4 years ago from U.S.

      This sounds really good. My son and daughter-in-law will be staying with us for a few days, and she's vegetarian, and I'm looking for ideas for veg. dishes while they're here. West African Vegetarian vegetable stew with couscous will be one of our meals.

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      jayavi 4 years ago

      Thanks for the ingredients. i will like vege stew i must try it. thanks again

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      SecondHandJoe LM 5 years ago

      I haven't tried it yet but reading the ingredients is making my mouth water. I CAN tell you that the Cuisinart MSC600 3-way cooker you offered above is essential in any kitchen--awesome 5 stars!

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      @SecondHandJoe LM: I appreciate your comment Chef. Thanks for keeping me on my toes. If you have any suggestions I'd be glad to ad them.

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      Well I have everything but the garbanza beans - I do have black beans - maybe I'll try it with those.

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      phookes 5 years ago

      Your lens made me drool :)

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      alhnancom 5 years ago

      This really sounds amazing

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      Paper_Marbling 5 years ago

      looks delicious.check my lenses to find my version for vegetable stew "Vegetable Stew Served Hot or Cold"

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      Aibrean82 5 years ago

      Looks sooo good!

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Garlic and cinnamon -- I can smell this already.

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      makorip lm 5 years ago

      Looks great, it will be on my menu.

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Sounds wonderful, I could eat vegetable stews and soups daily

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      street2linen 5 years ago

      Mmmmm. I can already smell it.

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      mrsclaus411 5 years ago

      This looks like a hearty stew.

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      RosemaryLucas 5 years ago

      I will definitely try your recipe, sounds interesting. Always looking for new ways to do a stew.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Looks great! Thanks for sharing. Pinning to my Favorite Recipes board now for future reference.

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      Jukebox LM 5 years ago

      I don't think I've ever had a stew with raisins in it. Must try!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      This really sounds amazing :)

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I'll be back with a note after giving this a try. I think I will really like this recipe. Thanks!

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      AngelaKane 5 years ago

      I am always looking for new stew recipe ideas. I have never tried the West African stew before, thanks for the recipe.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'll let you know how it turns out, though I may have to add some meat to it. I love using sweet potatoes in our cooking.

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      FatLossDiva 5 years ago

      I'm always looking for good vegetarian recipes. This sounds delicious. I'll try it. Thanks,

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      textbookmommy 5 years ago

      Thanks for the wonderful lens! I'm always looking for new vegetarian recipes to try :)

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      June Nash 5 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe. I printed it out! I definitely want to try this. I think I have all of the ingredients on hand.

      I also pinned it, so if I lose my copy, I can search for it there.

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I love sweet potatoes, so I think this recipe will be a fun one to try. In China we have purple mini-sweet potatoes which are so delicious I can hardly resist them. Maybe I will try this stew with purple sweet potatoes...

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      LilyBird 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your recipe. I'll be cooking it up soon.

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      Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

      This stew sounds delicious! I'm definitely going to try it! :)

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      BodyLanguageExp 5 years ago

      Wow, wow, wow, this stew sounds delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Sounds lovely! Thanks for sharing!

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      @GardenerDon: I hope you get to try it. Let me know how you like it, and if you make any changes that could benefit the readers.

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      Gardener Don 5 years ago

      Sounds like a nice recioe - no fancy ingredients either - we have them all in the house

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Hope you get a chance to. Thanks for the visit.

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      nicey 5 years ago

      This stew looks very healthy for the body.It's much better than junk foods.

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      Timsmansmall 5 years ago

      Congrats on your feature.

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Looks like sweet potato or kumara (in NZ) is a popular ingredient!

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I made this for dinner tonight. It is delicious! Slightly spicy and slightly sweet. I made some substitutions... currants instead of raisins and kale instead of spinach... but still, very good. Thanks for the recipe!

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      Nightcat 5 years ago

      This is making my mouth water. I'm surprised to see sweet potatoes but it is hard to find good quailty yams directly from Africa. They palm off American ones on you here like you aren't going to notice how small they are, LOL! Blessed! :)

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      Psycho Free Zone 5 years ago from USA

      Yum! Bookmarking this.

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      JumpinJake 5 years ago

      its so cold that stew warms me up just by looking at your blog.

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      Tom 5 years ago

      Sounds like a really great stew!

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      tobydavis 5 years ago

      Yummy lens - loved all the cooking pots you shared as well - excellent stuff!

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      Webinaut 5 years ago

      I spent the first few years of my life in West Africa. My mother still makes a West African curry. It is served with sliced banana, peanuts, coconut and chutney. I just love it.

      Your stew kinda reminds me of it.

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Looks delicious! I intend to try this.

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      Tim Bader 5 years ago from Surrey, UK

      Nice lens. I don't normally like veggie food, but this looks delicious!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I realy gonna try some of this great recipes

      Thanks for share

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      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      Lovely recipe, thanks for sharing this. Great lens.

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      I guess the crushed red pepper is what I'd call crushed chillies. Sounds delicious!

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      AlexanderMontanez 5 years ago

      This looks really delicious and yummy.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Its different, and it sounds good!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      One Pot Stew or a Stewing Mess of Pots, Stew is a Hit with me!! ;)

      One Pot is Preferable, less dishes to wash! :D

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very nice recipe thanks for sharing, i'll try it at home.

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      MichaelDubrovnik 5 years ago

      Very good for Winter time. Thanks!

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      jolou 5 years ago

      I love one pot meals. They taste delicious and clean up is easy.

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      This is different from my usual recipes, but it sounds like one I'd like to try! Stews are always good, especially on a cold day!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a wonderfully unique taste treat with cinnamon, sweet potatoes and raisins....can't say that I've used any of them in a stew or even spinach, guess its time to try something new. I like how easily you made this vegetarian by just switching to vegetable broth....deliciously and nutritiously done!

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      floppypoppygift1 5 years ago

      This sounds like an ideal recipe for diabetics. High in fiber, protein and even has Cinnamon for lowering blood glucose. Slam dunk dinner hit! Cheers~cb

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      Sounds yummy! I love stews, but I've never thought of making a vegetarian one.