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African Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew in the Instant Pot

Fast, nourishing, and cheap! Perfect for a weeknight meal.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: African
Diet: Vegan
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 439kcal



  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger minced
  • 1/2 teaspooon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1.5 pounds sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 14.5 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 14.5 oz. can red kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts chopped
  • chopped fresh cilantro optional


  • Turn on the saute function to the middle setting, "normal" on my duo60. Saute the onion in about a tablespoon of water or stock covered for about 5 minutes until it begins to soften.
  • Add the bell pepper and garlic, cover, and saute a couple more minutes.
  • Add in the ginger, spices, sweet potato, tomatoes, stock, and kidney beans. Stir together. Turn of saute function, place and seal lid, make sure vent is set to "sealing". Set cooker to 8 minutes on high pressure. When cycle is finished, let pressure release naturally.
  • When pressure indicator drops, remove the lid. In a measuring cup or small bowl, combine peanut butter with 1/3-1/2 cup of liquid from the pot. Stir until combined and then add back into the pot.
  • Taste for seasoning. Add salt to the pot or serving if needed. Top with a sprinkling of the chopped peanuts and cilantro, if using.



Serves 4-6 as a main dish or 6-8 as a side.


Sodium: 359mg | Sugar: 16g | Fiber: 18g | Potassium: 717mg | Calories: 439kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Fat: 10g | Protein: 16g | Carbohydrates: 69g