Spicy African Peanut Stew with Freekah

Spicy Peanut Stew

One of my favorite go-to recipes during the cool months is this Spicy African Peanut Stew. I can’t think of a better way to kick off Autumn than with a hearty and healthy stew. This recipe has a lot of flavors going on which makes it very comforting. Spicy chilies add a kick while sweet potatoes and carrots add nice bulk and ¬†although you don’t usually find peanut butter in stew recipes, it is what makes this recipe oh so good. Usually I ladle this stew over brown rice, but today I am using freekah; a chewy, earthy and nutty grain.

Spicy African Peanut Stew with Freekah

Spicy African Peanut Stew with Freekah


  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 celery stalks,chopped
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 large sweet potato, diced
  • 1/2 c red onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 2 cans petite diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 c peanut butter (I used chunky)
  • 1 c water
  • Handful of chopped cilantro, garnish
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges for garnish
  • 1 c freekah or brown rice


  1. In a Dutch oven, heat coconut oil over medium heat. Add ginger and garlic. Stir and cook 5 minutes with lid on.
  2. Add carrots, sweet potato, celery and onion. Cook 7 minutes with lid on, stirring occasionally.
  3. Cook rice according to package directions.
  4. Add tomatoes. Stir and bring to a simmer. Allow to simmer 15 minutes.
  5. Add water and peanut butter. Stir to incorporate. Cook an additional 10 minutes.
  6. Add 1/2 c rice to a bowl and ladle stew over the top. Garnish with lime and cilantro.
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