Sweet Potato Maafe

Recipe Information

Total Time: 

30 minutes



What's a maafe, you ask? A popular West African dish, made with groundnuts (usually peanut butter) and tomatoes and optional beef, lamb or chicken. This delicious vegetarian version is packed with nutrition and pairs the full, satisfying flavors of sweet potato with a spicy peanut and tomato sauce.


  • 1 pound sweet potato, peeled and cubed (or substitute boneless chicken breast)
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup peanut oil
  • 2 cups vegetable stock or chicken stock
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 turnips (or other root vegetable), peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 head green cabbage, chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • Sea salt and white pepper to taste


  1. In a large skillet, saute onion and sweet potato until browned. Add carrot, turnip, tomato, and broth and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until carrots are soft.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the tomato paste and peanut butter with a little hot broth. Add peanut butter mixture to pot along with cabbage and stir to combine. Add cayenne and season to taste.

Serving Suggestion

Serve over rice or couscous.

Nutritional Information

483 calories, 24 g. fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 565 mg. sodium, 61 g. carbohydrate, 12 g. fiber, 11 g. protein