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Paleo Sweet Potato Stew

By October 23, 2012February 9th, 2013Food, Main Courses, Recipes, Soups


Paleo + sweet potatoes. Next to bacon, I don’t know if there is a more popular association — which is unfortunate, because we don’t actually eat that much bacon — a post for another day.

The inspiration behind this stew is a cup of sweet potato stew I was surprised by last Friday while eating lunch with friends at a local spot. For weird, almost Seinfeldian reasons, I never order soup or stew from restaurants, but as I was unfamiliar with the restaurant’s menu, I told Neil to “surprise me” and order for me at the counter while I found a table. This stew appeared with my reuben sandwich (a favorite cheat) and it was love at first slurp, the perfect combination of creamy soup and hearty stew. I knew we had to have it in our recipe collection.

This is my first go at it, and I think I came pretty darn close. I’ll share my ideas for my next batch below the recipe — let me know what you think!

Adapted from Gluten Free Goddess


1 tablespoon light olive oil or coconut oil
1 1/2 pounds boneless pork loin, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon light olive oil or coconut oil
1 tablespoon red or green curry paste, to taste
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 medium red onion, peeled, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium sweet potato or yam, peeled, diced
2 large yellow bell peppers, deseeded, diced
1 jalapeño or other hot chile pepper, deseeded, diced fine
6 celery stalks, diced (about 2 cups)
6 medium carrots, sliced/diced (about 2 cups)
1 quart broth (chicken/beef/veggie, your choice)
1/2 cup almond butter melted stirred into 1/2 cup of boiled hot water
1/2 teaspoon crushed hot red pepper flakes, or more, to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Juice of one lime
2-3 teaspoons coconut sugar or honey
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
sriracha, for extra HEAT


  1. Heat olive oil/coconut oil in a large dutch oven/pot. Add pork and stir until cooked through. Remove pork from pot and set aside.
  2. Add more olive oil/coconut oil to dutch oven/pot to coat. Add the curry paste and cinnamon and stir until blended with the oil. Once blended, add the onion, garlic, sweet potato, carrots, yellow peppers and jalapeño. Cook the veggies for 5-8 minutes until they soften.
  3. Add the celery, melted almond butter, broth, red pepper flakes and cilantro.
  4. Bring the soup to a low boil, then lower the heat and continue to simmer for 25-30 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
  5. To complete, add lime juice and coconut sugar/honey. Season with salt and pepper to taste and add a swirl of sriracha for extra HEAT. Finally, top with some more cilantro, because you know you bought more than anyone could use and it looks fancy.


As I mentioned above, I’m thinking of doing round 2. I have plenty of ingredients left since grocery stores assume all people have at least 3 kids in the midwest, and I’m pretty sure Neil would eat soup all day long if he could. For my next round, I’m thinking of upping the almond butter and creating a sweet potato puree with a third sweet potato. I’d decrease the amount of broth to offset, making the final result creamier and less brothy (legit technical term — don’t judge).

Little ideas for improvement aside, this is an amazing soup. I’m thoroughly convinced after this stew and our hugely successful African Beef and Peanut Stew, that almond/peanut butter is a key ingredient. Maybe I’m just a newb, but it’s the last ingredient I would have expected to make such an impact. This coming from a girl who likes chocolate and coffee in her chili.

What’s your favorite soup?

Edited to add: We upped the almond butter and cut the veggies smaller and instead of creating the puree, we displaced a little of the broth with a 14oz can of coconut milk. Delish!


  • Danene says:

    This looks delicious! I love mexican chicken soups…hard to find one that’s not carb loaded with tortillia’s…maybe you could create an awesome recipe? 🙂