One-pot Black-Eyed Beans & Sweet Potato Recipe

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Sierra Leone recipe / West African recipe – This one-pot black-eyed beans and sweet potato recipe with palm oil (bean and sweet potato pottage) is finger-licking street food at its best.

Time to share another one of my comforting West African recipes. As in a one-pot black-eyed beans and sweet potato recipe (aka bean and sweet potato pottage).

This one pot sweet potato and black-eyed peas stew is one of the most delicious African street foods out there. Seriously I can remember eating so many huge sandwiches stuffed to the brim with this and licking my palm oil fingers clean at the end. It is the sort of meal that if you finish it you would be hard pressed to want to eat anything else that day.

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And it is easy to make, like a lot of one pot meals. Sure, it takes some time, but that is just cooking time. You don’t have to be there, you can put it in the oven or a slow cooker. Pretty much thrown in the beans, palm oil, fish and onion into the pot, simmer for a while and add in the sweet potato towards the end.

This one pot stew is pretty adaptable too. If you’d prefer plantain instead of sweet potato, chuck it in. If you can’t find dried fish, well what about mushrooms? Or some meat? Or whatever else you think would add lovely flavours.

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One-pot black-eyed beans and sweet potato recipe (bean and sweet potato pottage) – West African Flavors

One-pot black-eyed beans and sweet potato recipe (bean and sweet potato pottage)
Cook Time1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time1 hour 40 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: African
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Bintu Hardy


  • 400 g (14oz) beans soaked overnight and rinsed
  • 1.125 L (4.5 cups) water
  • 200 ml (0.8 cup) palm oil
  • 1 onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp dried fish flakes
  • Chopped Scotch bonnet chilli to taste
  • 1 jumbo maggi cube
  • 1 large sweet potato peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 2 large handfuls of very finely chopped spinach
  • Salt


  • Put the black-eyed beans and the water in a pot and bring to the boil. Skim off the layer of foam, reduce heat and simmer for 15 mins.
  • Mix in the palm oil, onion, fish flakes and scotch bonnet chilli and let simmer for about 1.5 hr or until the beans are done to your taste.
  • About 25 mins before the beans are ready stir in the maggi cube and sweet potato, cover the pot and cook till the plantain is done.
  • Stir in the spinach, and adjust the seasoning and switch off the heat.
  • Serve the bean and sweet potato stew the Sierra Leonean way, by pulling out the middle of a roll and filling it with the stew. Or if you don’t feel like bread, it is also lovely with rice.
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If you like this recipe then try my one pot bean and plantain stew (bean and plantain pottage).

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  1. 5 stars
    I cooked this last week and it went down a treat! There was a perfect balance between the sweet potato and beans. I even added the plantain like on your other recipe. Can’t wait to make this again!

  2. Hi how did you cook the sweet potatoe please?
    Did you boil it first and then added it into the stew

    Thanks 🙂

  3. I’m always on the hunt for one pot meals, they always turn out so good and they can cook while I’m working on other things! Printing out this recipe for later! I bet we’ll love it!