West African peanut stew is a wholesome dairy free and gluten free stew that’s packed with nourishment and warming flavors. This slow cooker stew recipe is great over rice and feeds a crowd! Freezer friendly and made with healthy, real food ingredients!
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This easy stew recipe is wholesome, vibrant, nourishing, fiery, and yet, so simple! Yes, those are the perfect words for this Crock Pot recipe for West African Peanut Stew. But also, it describes the purpose and a little background for this delicious stew. Are you ready for my story? A good recipe always comes with a good story, in my opinion. And I’m hoping this oh so flavorful gluten free Crock Pot recipe for West African Peanut Stew will become a regular recipe and story maker for your family.
Okay, so 10 years ago (like whoa!), I traveled to Africa with a missions group and put on a camp for the multiple Orphanages there. Literally the BEST TIME of my life and yet the hardest. Yes the kids, the people, the staff, were all amazing! They taught me so much about life in general.
We learned so much about their culture as well. The simple, yet nourishing, foods. We were lucky to have a local (from Zambia) on our team who would cook us traditional meals several times a night. These meals nourished from inside out. They brought comfort, fullness, and so much love around the dinner table. Usually these meals were made with simple ingredients, think tomatoes, stew meat, rice, and lots of spices and nuts (especially ground nuts). Then slow cooked for extra tenderness and flavor. Those meals were AMAZING! Ya’ll, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Real food (cultural fusion food) just does wonders for the body. Amen amen!
Today I’m sharing that memory with you, with this wholesome Crock Pot West African Peanut Stew. Naturally gluten free, dairy free, and slow cooked in the crock pot to perfection.
You really only need a few ingredients. Ingredients you probably already use or keep as pantry staples. Luckily, for me, I live just a few miles from not one, but two Randall’s stores and Albertsons in Austin, which features more than 300 items Organic (O Organic) items to help me make this stew EXTRA wholesome. O Organic items range from fresh fruits and vegetables, to dairy and meats, all kinds of cereals, snacks and more.
Okay, so let’s me show you what all you need. And then you can snuggle up with a big bowl yourself. Sound good?
First off you’ll need those ground nuts (or in my case, O Organics crunchy peanut butter). In African cooking, peanuts help add more healthy fats and protein, as well as thicken dishes. Plus, using peanut butter adds adds a creamy earthy flavor.
The other key essentials to this African Stew are of course tomatoes or tomato sauce, which give the stew’s more burst color and fruitfulness. Haha, kinda like me, right? Kidding.
The starchy vegetables (carrots and sweet potato) add more nourishment, thickness, and a touch of sweetness. They are very much needed when it comes adding in the hot spices and bonnet peppers for this fiery dish! Don’t worry, those are optional, but I still think you should try them…. if you so dare.
Also, when you slow cook those starchy sweet vegetables in the crock pot with chicken broth, they taste even more amazing!
Speaking of broth, yes, that’s the other key components to any good stew. I used Chicken Broth from Randall’s. Love that broth made with simple gluten free ingredients! I also used O Organic Extra Virgin Olive oil to brown the stew meat (pork), as well as in the blended spicy peanut sauce for the crock pot.
Look, even the chicken broth is sweating from this fiery, West African peanut stew!
Okay ya’ll, now that you know the healthy ingredient basics, all that’s left is to put it together. Just blend your spices, loads of garlic, organic peanut butter, tomato sauce, organic olive oil and combine it with the browned meat and veggies in the crock pot. With the organic chicken broth of course!
All you have left to do is wait for the crock pot to do it’s slow cooker thang and smell the aroma of your West African peanut stew! YUM!
Nutrition without topping or rice added
Best served over a bowl of steamed white rice. Then top with those roasted peanuts, spices, and peppers!
Seriously, I crave this daily. So … so…. FABULOUS! Plus it makes me miss those days in Africa. Sigh, simple life.
Do you have a Safeway or Randall’s near you? I’m pretty sure I go 1 or more times a day. No really! The employee’s know me by name, not kidding. Haha! Love them and their fabulous selection of O Organics!
Have you ever heard of West African Peanut Stew? What’s the last stew you made in your crock pot? Maybe it’s time to start with this, right?
p.s if you want to see pictures from that Africa trip, I posted one a few years ago in my bucket list post.