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Slow Cooker African-Inspired Peanut Stew
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Slow Cooker Peanut Stew {Gluten-Free + Vegan}

This Slow Cooker Peanut Stew is a hearty dish made with chickpeas, sweet potatoes and peanut butter. It's also gluten-free and vegan!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 15 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: International
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 432kcal


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 small yellow onions, diced
  • 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 (796mL) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro (for garnish)
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
  • 3 cups cooked basmati rice (optional side)


  • Add all ingredients to slow cooker except for spinach, cilantro, peanuts and rice. Cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours.
  • When ready to serve, stir in spinach. Top each bowl with peanuts and cilantro and serve with basmati rice.
  • INSTANT POT INSTRUCTIONS: Dump everything into the Instant Pot in order that it appears listed above except for red pepper, spinach, cilantro, peanuts and rice. Cook on high pressure for 2 minutes and then do a quick release of the pressure. Remove lid, then stir in red pepper and spinach. Top each bowl with peanuts and serve with basmati rice.



You can also make this dish in the Instant Pot or on the stovetop.
If you want to add more protein, add 1-2 diced chicken breasts in the beginning with the rest of the ingredients.
Make this recipe nut-free by substituting the peanut butter for sunflower butter, tahini or coconut milk.
This stew will last in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.
Freeze the stew for up to three months. Reheat for 6-7 minutes in the microwave then serve with fresh rice.


Calories: 432kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 747mg | Potassium: 561mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2750IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 4.7mg