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Spicy Peanut Stew in bowl angle

Spicy Peanut Stew

  • Author: Brook Hagen
  • Total Time: 4 - 8 hours
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Spicy Peanut Stew is perfect for a lucky New Year meal, or anytime during the cold winter months. 

You’ll need a slow cooker with at least a 6-quart capacity for this recipe.



1 large onion, chopped

2 yams, chopped

2 small zucchini, chopped

46 cloves of garlic, minced

1 can black beans, drained

1 can garbanzo beans, drained

1 cup dry rice

45 cups vegetable or chicken broth

12 ounces (1 1/2 cups) medium salsa

2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves

2 teaspoons ground cumin

salt and pepper to taste

1/3 cup peanut butter 


  1. Grab your slow cooker and spray the crock with nonstick spray.
  2. Put all the ingredients (except the peanut butter) into the slow cooker. Stir if it makes you feel better (I usually just pile it all in and leave). Spicy Peanut Stew Ingredients
  3. Cook on low heat for 8 hours or high heat for 4 hours.
  4. At the end of the cook time, stir in the peanut butter. It will look something like this:Finished Peanut Stew in Crock
  5. Serve alone or with toppings and sides (suggestions below).


Substitution Notes

  • Yams can be replaced with any kind of potatoes, carrots, winter squash, or any other slightly starchy vegetable.
  • Zucchinis can be replaced with broccoli, mushrooms, bell pepper, eggplant, or any other vegetable you like.
  • Rice substitutes that I like: Quinoa, pearl barley, and farro. Due to the long cooking time, this is a great recipe for trying new grains.
  • Black and garbanzo beans: Any canned or cooked beans you have will work. Do not use dry beans.
  • Peanut butter: Any crunchy or creamy nut butter will work, as will tahini (made from sesame seeds) or sunbutter. 

Side and topping suggestions

  • Dairy: sour cream (favorite), Greek yogurt, shredded cheese
  • Animal protein: fried egg (favorite), leftover grilled meat, bacon
  • Fruits and vegetables: sliced avocado, diced mango, pickled hot peppers
  • Crunchy: tortilla chips, corn chips, pita chips
  • Bready: crusty bread, naan (favorite), soft tortillas, pitas
  • Greens: sliced green onion, cilantro (favorite), chives, fresh thyme, basil
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 - 8 hours
  • Category: Stew
  • Method: Slow Cooker


  • Serving Size: 1.5 cups
  • Calories: 234
  • Sugar: 5.4 g
  • Sodium: 560 mg
  • Fat: 5.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 36 g
  • Fiber: 7.8 g
  • Protein: 10 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free