Sweet Potato Peanut Stew (or "Mafe" in West Africa)

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Quick Facts

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 30 min.
Cook Time: 35 min.
Total: 1 hr. 5 min.
Mafe is common throughout West and Central Africa. This traditional stew is always based on a savory sauce made from peanut butter and tomatoes.


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 med yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large sweet potato, chopped into medium-sized cubes
  • 2 large carrots, cut into thin rounds
  • 2 green zucchini, cut into thin half-rounds
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes, no salt added
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp vegetable bouillon powder (or 1 cube bouillon)
  • 1 Tbs Berbere spice
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme, minced (or 1 tsp dried thyme)
  • Sea salt to taste


  • Heat the oil in a soup pot on medium heat and sauté the onion and garlic until translucent (3 to 4 minutes).
  • While the onions and garlic cook, chop up the sweet potato, carrots, and zucchini.
  • Add sweet potato and vegetables to the pot; sauté for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, water, bullion, and Berbere spice, and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, add the peanut butter and thyme to the stew. Let it cook, covered, for another 3 to 5 minutes. Salt to taste, serve, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 220
  Calories from Fat 95 (43%)
(17%)Total Fat 11g
(11%)Saturated Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
(0%)Cholesterol 0mg
(10%)Sodium 245mg
(27%)Potassium 949mg
Total Carbohydrate 27g
(26%)Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 11g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(16%)Protein 8g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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