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This Sweet Potato & Peanut Butter Vegan Stew is comforting, creamy and totally delicious. Perfect for vegans, vegetarians or if you’re simply trying to reduce your meat intake, it’s a convenient and easy slow cooker recipe and fantastic vegetarian family meal.

Sweet potato and peanut butter slow cooker vegan stew in the pan, ready to serve.

This recipe is everything we all want from slow cooker comfort food – easy to make, filling, super tasty, nutritious AND it just happens to be vegan.

When I was brainstorming vegetarian slow cooker recipes, I thought about the ingredients I find indulgent that also happen to be vegan. 

For me, peanut butter is right up there as food of the gods. Add some chickpeas for texture, sweet potatoes for bulk and flavour, coconut milk for a silky sauce and here we are… my simple Slow Cooker Vegan Stew. I am OBSESSED. 

Hope you love it as much as we do!


Why you’ll love this Vegan Stew recipe

⭐️ Just throw everything in

⭐️ Creamy, silky sauce

⭐️ All the family love the mild, sweet taste


Slow cooker sweet potato chicken pea and peanut butter stew vegan recipe.

How we came up with this recipe

I have plenty of recipes for slow cooker stews and casseroles that contain meat in my collection, but I wanted to add a vegan addition that was just as good. 

Even better, if we could make it filled with ingredients that could be bought from frozen, that were pre-peeled and pre-chopped too, it meant speeding up the process for preparation, and offering the option to make this a true ‘dump’ recipe (apologies for the phrasing). 

It can be so satisfying when the results are a dinner filled with nutritious, healthy ingredients, even on those days when we have so little time but can just about stretch to 5 minutes of prep.

I also made this an adaptable dish, so you can eat it on its own or with a side dish, or you can add meat if you like (I like adding chicken thighs before cooking – just be sure to check they are fully cooked through before serving).


Vegan Stew Ingredients

The raw ingredients for a slow cooker sweet potato vegan stew laid out on a counter top.
  • Sweet potatoes – You can chop and peel fresh ones or buy chunks of frozen pre-prepared
  • Chickpeas
  • Coconut milk – I use reduced fat but any type is fine
  • Chopped tomatoes – Tinned
  • Onion – I use pre-prepared frozen. An onion weighs about 150g, so replace with that
  • Garlic – I also use pre-prepared. Garlic is about 5g per clove so I use 15g (3 teaspoons)
  • Peanut butter – I prefer crunchy for texture but smooth is also fine if you prefer
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground cumin
  • Tomato puree
  • Ground coriander – Optional
  • Chilli flakes – Optional

Uncooked ingredients for a sweet potato vegan stew in a slow cooker, ready to be cooked.

How to make Vegan Stew

  1. Put all of the ingredients into the slow cooker and stir well.
  2. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 6 hours.
  3. Stir well and serve.

Substitutions

  • Coconut milk – This does really make this vegan stew as it adds a silky, creaminess, but if you’d rather substitute it an extra can of tomatoes instead, go for it

Leftovers

In the fridge You can keep this recipe in the fridge for 3 days. Reheat fully before serving.

In the freezer

You can freeze all of the ingredients – uncooked – in a ‘dump’ bag and throw in from the freezer (allow extra cooking time).

OR

You can also freeze the finished stew. Before serving, allow it to defrost and heat through thoroughly.

It will be much thicker as the sweet potatoes absorb the sauce, but you can add some water or stock to thin it out again.

Top tips

Alternative to slow cooking

If you want to make this vegan stew and don’t have a slow cooker, I’d recommend cooking it in a pan on the hob on a low heat. It will take about 30-40 minutes (depending on how soft you want the sweet potato to be).

You will need to add some water or stock to thin the sauce.

HACK: Prepare this the night before

If you’re really pushed for time in the morning, you can prepare this the evening before to save even more time on the day. 

Throw everything for the initial cook into the slow cooker, pop the lid on, then store in the fridge overnight. In the morning, put it into the slow cooker (and don’t forget to switch it on!)

FAQs

Which slow cooker would you recommend using?

I use the Morphy Richards Sear & Stew Slow Cooker (it’s light and you can use it for browning on the hob too).

I recently wrote a whole slow cooker review post though, so this might shed some light on which type might work best for you. 

Also! Top tip, buy a WiFi plug for it so you can switch it on or off from your phone when you’re out? What a time to be alive. I have this: Tp Link Tapo Smart Plug (Also you can set up with your Google or Alexa to say “switch on slow cooker” WHATTT 🤯

Is this recipe spicy?

It has warmth from the cumin and ginger but it’s not spicy. Suitable for children, I’d say. I like to add some chopped chillies to the top of the adult portions.

What can I serve with this vegan stew?

This dish is absolutely fine on its own, but if you want it to stretch further or have a bit more variety, you could try these on the side: 

Rice
Wraps or soft tortillas
Cous cous
With crispy tortilla chips
A dollop of yoghurt (or vegan alternative)
Chillis on top
In hard shell tacos
Peanuts and fresh herbs on top
Bread to dunk

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Sweet Potato & Peanut Butter Vegan Stew {Slow Cooker Recipe}

This Sweet Potato & Peanut Butter Vegan Stew is comforting, creamy and totally delicious. Perfect for vegetarians, vegans or if you just want to reduce your meat intake.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 1 kg Sweet potatoes, Peeled and chopped into chunks
  • 400 g Chickpeas, Drained and rinsed
  • 400 g Coconut milk, I used reduced fat, either type is fine
  • 400 g Tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 Onion, Peeled and chopped
  • 150 g Crunchy peanut butter
  • 3 Cloves of garlic, Peeled and chopped
  • 3 tsp Ground ginger
  • 3 tsp Ground cumin
  • 1 tsp Ground coriander, Optional
  • 1/2 tsp Chilli flakes, Optional
  • 3 tbsp Tomato puree

Instructions 

  • Put all of the ingredients into the slow cooker and stir well.
  • Cook on HIGH for 4 HOURS or LOW for 6 HOURS.
  • Stir well and serve.

Notes

Onions and garlic: I use pre prepared frozen, chopped here. An onion weighs about 150g, so replace with that pre chopped weight. Garlic is about 5g per clove so I use 15g (3 teaspoons)
Peanut butter: I prefer crunchy for texture but smooth is also fine if you prefer
To add meat: Try adding some chicken thighs before cooking. Be sure to check they are fully cooked before serving
Sweet potatoes: You can chop and peel fresh ones or buy chunks of frozen pre-prepared
Alternative to slow cooking: Cook it in a pan on the hob on a low heat. It will take about 30-40 minutes (depending on how soft you want the sweet potato to be). Add water or stock to thin the sauce

Nutrition

Calories: 349kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 10gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 245mgPotassium: 1050mgFiber: 12gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 23861IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 124mgIron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: vegetarian
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  1. 5 stars
    I first cooked this recipe when my husband tried being a vegan (short lived 😂). But we love it so much, we continue to make it regularly. It’s sooo easy to make and perfect for my little one who is dairy free- nice soft texture and well balanced. I just omit the chilli flakes for now. I serve it with basmati rice or cous cous and yoghurt, and freeze and left overs!