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Spicy Peanut Soup with Sweet Potato + Kale

173 reviews / 4.9 average

Okay, YUMMMM. Spicy Peanut Soup with Sweet Potatoes + Kale! Comforting and SUPER nutritious. Naturally vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, ALL THE GOOD THINGS.

Spicy Peanut Soup. Are you ready?

All the people shout: WE ARE READY!

When eating well involves:

  • sweet potatoes
  • peanuts / peanut butter
  • fire roasted tomatoes
  • garlic and jalapeño
  • cilantro

…and a generally creamy, spicy, YUMMY vibe, there is no denying this.

You guys, this soup! Stew? It’s kind of both. It depends on how you make it and how much liquid you add, but EITHER WAY IT IS SO DARN GOOD. It literally checks all the boxes – creamy, satisfying texture; extremely awesome flavor; super nutritious; doesn’t take five and a half days to make. It doesn’t have meat, but girl, if you want meat, add meat! Not huge on kale? Swap for spinach. These are my favorite kinds of recipes – ones that just kind of let you do whatever you want to do and make it your very own.

Spicy Peanut Soup in Instant Pot.

How To Make This Peanut Soup

Okay, you’ve got choices here.

  • Instant Pot: Raise your hand if you got one for Christmas. Yeah? Good news, because this can be made in the Instant Pot!
  • Slow Cooker: also a yes!
  • Stovetop: ALSO a yes! In almost the same amount of time! You just need to babysit it a little more, but hey – babysitting garlic, onion, jalapeño, sweet potatoes, and a creamy soup base as it comes together happens to be my all-time favorite kind of babysitting.
  • Freezing it for meal prep: OF COURSE YES! More on that HERE.

So many options, all made easy when you have so little time.

Spoonful of Spicy Peanut Soup.

Why I Love This Soup

This soup is cozy and lovely. It’s not too spicy, although you could just omit the jalapeño altogether if you were worried about that. It has just the right balance of creaminess and kick and it reminds me of another version of a good-for-you curry. Speaking of which, this would go great over some brown rice or quinoa.

You would not be sad if you made a skillet of socca (bread! hot, buttery, crispy, gluten-free chickpea flat bread!) to go with this soup.

You have no excuses. I am not letting you get out of making this recipe.

Blanket, soup mug, and Netflix, coming right up.

Spicy Peanut Soup: FAQs

Can this soup be made in the Instant Pot or slow cooker?

Yes! See recipes notes.

Can I substitute anything for the peanut butter?

Almond butter (and almonds on top) could work!

Can I add protein to this?

Sure can! Cubed chicken would be perfect. Just simmer for a bit longer until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Check Out Our Video For How To Make Spicy Peanut Soup:

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Sweet Potato Peanut Soup in bowls with crackers.

Spicy Peanut Soup with Sweet Potato + Kale

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 56 (about 1 1/2 cups per serving) 1x


Okay, YUMMMM. Spicy Peanut Soup with Sweet Potatoes + Kale! Comforting and SUPER nutritious. Naturally vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, ALL THE GOOD THINGS.


Units Scale
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • half an onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • one 14-ounce can fire roasted tomatoes
  • one 14-ounce can light coconut milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon curry and/or turmeric
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 12 cups kale, stems removed, chopped


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat and add the onion, garlic, and jalapeño. Saute until soft and fragrant.
  2. Add sweet potatoes. I like to brown them a little bit with the aromatics to get them nice and flavorful.
  3. Add tomatoes, coconut milk, water, spices, and peanuts. Simmer until sweet potatoes are fork-tender.
  4. Add peanut butter and kale. Simmer until everything is thick, creamy, and delicious. Top with more peanuts and a little cilantro if you’re obsessed like me.


Instant Pot: Cook everything except peanut butter and kale on high pressure for about 3 minutes with a quick release. (Sometimes I reduce the liquid when I make it in the Instant Pot by a cup or so, and then just add more as needed when it’s all done. But that is optional – it should work fine either way.) Stir in the peanut butter and kale after cooking. Voila!

Slow Cooker: Cook everything except peanut butter and kale on low for 6 hours. Stir in the peanut butter and kale. Donezo! Don’t cook the sweet potatoes too long or they’ll fall apart on ya! Just cook until they pierce easily with a fork. If you’re doing Sugar Free January with us, this is an excellent recipe that has natural sweetness and nutritious fats to keep you full. I like to dip into this with some seedy crackers – you can find our product recommendations on this post.

One last note. This recipe is inspired by an amazing West African recipe called maafe, or groundnut soup. I did what I always do and changed/added some ingredients based on what I love and what I had on hand (kale, jalapeño, coconut milk, cilantro, etc.) making it more of a cultural mash-up. That’s why I’m not calling it a proper West African peanut soup even though those are its roots. If you want a legit West African version of that soup, here are two sources – a blog post, and a video.

Freezer Meal Version

  1. Freeze Together:
    3 cups chopped sweet potatoes, fresh or frozen
    2 jalapeños, minced
    half of an onion, chopped
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    1 teaspoon curry powder
    1 teaspoon turmeric
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 14-ounce can fire roasted tomatoes
    1 14-ounce can coconut milk
  2. Instant Pot Instructions: High pressure 8 mins + 10 mins natural release
  3. Slow Cooker Instructions: High setting 6 hours
  4. Final Step: Stir in 1/4 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup chopped peanuts, and 1-2 cups chopped kale. Add water to thin to desired consistency.
  5. Check out our full freezer meal posts with all recipes and instructions here!
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: West African-Inspired

Keywords: peanut soup, peanut stew, Instant Pot soup, spicy soup, sweet potato soup

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this tonight. Was very easy and delicious!

    Seems like it made way more than 6 servings so lucky me!

    I wish recipes would use weights of ingredients instead of “large” sweet potato… there are so many sizes! But not a huge deal.

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    Hi! I’m cooking for someone who is vegan and allergic to sweet potatoes- my sister in law sent me this recipe and I thought I could potentially swap out the sweet potatoes for butternut squash…do you think the flavors and everything would still work?

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this for dinner and it was so good! I doubled the amount of garlic and spices, and I used a Serrano pepper instead of jalapeño. It turned out thick and creamy with a great flavor! This will be going into the rotation with the POY kale, bean and sausage soup!

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    The title says ‘spicy’ but with one chopped jalapeno, it was not hot at all. If you truly want it hot, I would suggest adding 2+ jalapenos. With this batch, I only added the curry powder, but next time I will add the tumeric.

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      Krista @ Pinch of Yum

      Hi Jose! You’ll cook everything except the peanut butter and kale on manual mode for 3 minutes. When the 3 minutes are up, release the pressure, and add in the peanut butter and kale.

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This is an amazing week night soup! Ready in no time and the sweet potato was soft and perfect! It has become a family favourite!

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Peanut butter is my best friend in soups like this. We do usually add sweet peanut butter because we tend to add a lot of heat to our soups and it balances out nicely.

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This was amazing! I made it as a side dish to Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Coconut Rice and Jamaican Cabbage. The only thing I regretted was that I took all the seeds out of the jalapeño so the soup was not spicy at all. Next time jalepeno seeds stay in because we love spice around here! But still the flavors of the soup were wonderful! My 14 year old son loved it too. He ate two bowls! And by request, he took leftovers for his packed school lunch today. Definitely will make it again!

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    LOVE this recipe. (Full disclosure, I had some extra veggies in fridge to use up so I added some chopped red and green pepper and mushrooms. Left out chopped peanuts (didn’t have) and used boxed no sweet coconut milk instead of canned since that’s what I had in pantry. B/c hubby is concerned about protein intake, I also added a can of chick peas. ) Will definitely make again. Thanks for recipe!

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    Would it change the flavor profile dramatically if I were to use chicken bone broth in place of water?

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      Debbie Smith

      This soup was so delicious. My husband loved it and she’s looking forward to taking it to work tomorrow for lunch. He’s my carnivore. This recipe is a keeper. Followed the recipe to a T!

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I love all variations of peanut- sweet potato soup, so I gave your recipe a whirl. Absolutely delicious! I made a few concessions based on what I had in the house. I like to use what I have on hand instead of running out every time I try a new recipe.

    Here were my changes, they were minor:

    1)I used small asian chiles for heat, since I did not have jalapeños on hand. They were perfect and added the right kick.

    2)I used regular chopped tomatoes instead of fire roasted. I am sure the fire roasted would go beautifully as well.

    3)I added one can of drained chickpeas for some added protein. I have had other peanut stews that used chickpeas and they went great with this soup.

    4)I used an all natural peanut butter with nothing in it but peanuts. (Crazy Richards). I had to add just a touch more salt to the stew, because the peanut butter didn’t have any in it.

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    I’ve made it for lunch topped with basil. Chili de arbòl instead of jalapeno.
    Yummy !
    Thank you to share all these recipes.

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    Does creamy or natural peanut butter work better for this recipe? Making it now and I have both kinds. Thank you!

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    nancy k

    scrumptious and warming soup on this January day. Loved it all and only change I made was adding less peanut butter b/c I prefer more of a balance between the coconut milk and pb. The fresh lime suggested in another comment is essential! Thank you POY!

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    LOVE. THIS. RECIPE. I almost didn’t make it because I couldn’t imagine what it would taste like but the reviews were so good so I decided to give it a try and I’m so glad I did!! Definitely going to add to my regular winter dinners rotation. Very filling and easy to make with common ingredients. The only difference I made was I added about a teaspoon of red pepper flakes at the end to make it extra spicy and I doubled the kale because I love kale. Thank you for this recipe!!!

  15. Pinch of Yum Logo

    OH. MY. WORD! My neighbor made this about a month ago, and brought me a bit to try. It was SO delicious that I went out and bought all the ingredients I needed (except the jalapeno), and made it tonight! I’ve already shared the recipe with my daughter, and two best friends. I am thrilled to have an easy, fairly quick, healthy and delicious meal that can be thrown in the freezer for later! Thank you! DELICIOUS! Oh! I did end up using organic chicken broth instead of water…yum!

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    Iain Melchizedek

    Great recipe. I went step further and put water chestnuts in it. That was not a mistake. 😄 YUM!

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    My family loves this easy recipe! I add cooked chicken and when I don’t have jalapeño, I sub red peppper flakes. I also usually add extra kale since it’s the only time I can get my husband to eat kale!
    Delicious recipe that tastes like it came from an expensive restaurant!

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    This has become a go-to recipe and a bottom of the ice-box type of recipe. I typically start with a mirepoix and go on with whatever I have at hand whether it be zucchini, bell pepper, leek, etc., then continue on with fire roasted tomato, sweet potato and kale. And peanut butter of course.


    Every. Single. Time.

    I love this recipe.

  19. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Hi there, I have quick question – I’m in the UK and I can’t seem to find fire roasted tomatoes anywhere (apart from massively overpriced online order) and was wondering whether I can you normal canned chopped tomatoes? Is there any spices that I could add to create that “fire roasted” taste?

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      Krista @ Pinch of Yum

      Hi Zuza! Great question! You can use normal canned chopped tomatoes. I can’t really think of any spices that would replicate the “fire roasted” flavor. A pinch of smoked paprika might work!

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        Hi Krista 🙂 I’ve made the soup with normal tinned tomates and added some smoked paprika for the firey state and a little bit of sugar for the sweetness of the roasted tomates! Absolutely delicious – definitely adding this to my list of favourites! 🙂

  20. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Delicious! For my nut allergy family left out the peanuts and replaced peanut butter with sun butter, with 1 teaspoon each of curry and turmeric. Thanks for a great adaptable wonderful recipe!

  21. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I made this last night and it came out great! I used sambal instead of jalapeno and sunflower butter instead of peanut butter because that is what I had on hand, so I don’t think that altered the overall taste.
    I am not a big fan of creamy soups, so this one hits that spot without being heavy. I did increase the spices a little, but the overall flavor is wonderful. This is one of those meals that are tasty and filling, and I did not miss not having any meat at all.
    Other than chopping the sweet potatoes, the prep is easy and the soup comes together pretty quickly.

    This one ticks all the boxes – great flavor, easy to make, and flexible enough so you can mod it up with what you have on hand.