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African Inspired Crockpot Soup with Peanut Butter

African Inspired Crockpot Soup with Peanut Butter would be delicious for Meatless Monday, or any time you want an interesting soup! 

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African Inspired Crockpot Soup with Peanut Butter finished soup in bowl

In Utah the spring weather can change in a minute, and I always like to have soup in the freezer for those days when the weather suddenly gets cold. Before I moved I made this African Inspired Crockpot Soup with Peanut Butter with Jake to re-shoot the photos and I had several containers in my freezer on moving day. Sadly, that soup (and a whole cooler full of food) was ruined in one of those moving tragedies where something gets put in the wrong spot and isn’t discovered for days. On Saturday I had a few friends over for dinner, so I made more of this tasty soup, and now I’m happy to have some in my freezer again!

The idea for a soup with peppers, tomatoes, chiles, and peanut butter came from the Crockpot African Peanut Soup at A Year of Slow Cooking, although I upped the spices and added lentils. With brown rice, lentils, and peanut butter, this soup is loaded with protein and flavor, and a crockpot with this simmering away would be great to come home to after a hard day at work. 

African-Inspired Vegetarian Crockpot Soup with Peanut Butter, Chiles, Brown Rice, and Lentils found on KalynsKitchen.com

How to Make African Inspired Crockpot Soup with Peanut Butter:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Chop up the onions, red bell pepper, and green onions, and mince the garlic. A
  2. dd those ingredients to the slow cooker with the lentils, brown rice, stock, canned tomatoes and spices. (Blogger oops; not all those ingredients were added yet when we took this photo.)
  3. Cook on high for about 4 hours or on low for about 8 hours, or until the lentils and rice are well done.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the cup of peanut butter.
  5. Cook on low for about one more hour (or you can do 30 minutes on high if you’re in a rush, but the peanut butter stays smooth better if you cook it on low.)
  6. Serve hot, with sliced green onions for garnish if desired.

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West African Peanut Soup~ The Gracious Bowl
Spicy Slow Cooker Soup with Turkey, Pinto Beans, Red Pepper, and Green Chiles ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

African Inspired Crockpot Soup with Peanut Butter finished soup in bowl

African Inspired Crockpot Soup with Peanut Butter

Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 9 hours
Total Time 9 hours 15 minutes

African Inspired Crockpot Soup with Peanut Butter would be delicious for Meatless Monday, or any time you want an interesting soup!


  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped in small pieces
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onion
  • 2 red bell peppers, seeds removed and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 2 14 oz. cans diced tomatoes with juice
  • 8 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 T Ancho chile powder
  • 1 tsp. New Mexico chile powder
  • 1 tsp. Aleppo pepper (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked brown lentils
  • 1/4 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter (see notes)


  1. Chop onions, green onion, bell peppers, and garlic and place in crockpot.
  2. Add canned tomatoes with juice, stock, ground cumin, Ancho chile powder (affiliate link), New Mexico chile powder, Aleppo Pepper (affiliate link), lentils, and brown rice.
  3. Cook on high for about low for about 8 hours. (You can also cook on high for 4 hours. If you’re home you can stir it once or twice, but it’s not essential.)
  4. After 8 hours, stir in peanut butter. Reduce heat to low if you were cooking on high.
  5. Cook about one more hour. Serve hot.
  6. This soup freezes well, and it’s great to have on hand for those spring days that suddenly feel like winter.


I used my favorite Crock-Pot 3-1/2-Quart Slow Cooker (affiliate link) for this recipe.

Use any combination of chile powders or spicy red pepper that you have if you don’t have Ancho chile powder or Aleppo pepper

Recipe adapted by Kalyn from Crockpot African Peanut Soup; recipe originally found by Stephanie at AllRecipes.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 284Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 920mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 7gSugar: 11gProtein: 12g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
It’s important to use natural peanut butter if you’re making this African Inspired Crockpot Soup with Peanut Butter for the original South Beach Diet, since many brands of peanut butter have a lot of added sugar. The use of brown rice would make this a phase two or three choice, but you could leave out the rice if you wanted to eat it for phase one. All the ingredients here are good choices for a low-glycemic eating plan but soup with lentils and brown rice is too high in carbs for a low-carb diet plan.

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    60 Comments on “African Inspired Crockpot Soup with Peanut Butter”

  1. Hi Kalyn,
    Thanks for the comment. You can get Fenugreek seeds in any Indian stores also. Check out any nearby Indian stores. These seeds sprout within 2 days and are great in salads.

  2. Wow, this sounds so good!

  3. Would you believe the first time I made an African peanut soup, I was inspired from teaching a world literature class! I love, love, love this kind of hearty, warm soup. It looks perfect.

  4. peanut butter in my stew? i’ve got to try this!!!

  5. Man this looks good.

  6. I love your recipes and I’d like to print some of them out and try them. I read your printing instructions, but they only print the text, not the photo. How can I print the photo with the text? I’ve tried selecting everything and using copy/paste, but it doesn’t work. Help!

  7. This looks so knock your socks off different it begs to be cooked!

  8. Beautiful soup — and Rand has come through with another stunning banner! Now it really feels like winter is coming.

  9. I’ve been dreaming of making an african peanut soup and am so glad I found this recipe. I look forward to making this.

  10. I love lentil soup and would never think to add peanut butter! I bet this is very filling.

  11. All those ingredients sound fabulous!! I love anything with lentils and the crockpot makes it even better.

  12. I loved this soup, so I”m glad it sounds good to people.

    Caroline, I wondered that myself. I think the brown rice might start to fall apart with longer cooking time, but it would probably be okay. Don’t add more liquid though. Let me know if you try it.

    Ricki, yes you could make it on the stove. I would add at least a cup more water, since some will evaporate while you simmer it on low, and don’t pre-cook the lentils. I’m guessing it would take a little over an hour simmered on the stove at a low temperature, then maybe another 15 minutes after you add the peanut butter.

  13. Sounds fantastic! Silly question, but one could make this without the crockpot as well, right? (I’m assuming you’d pre-cook the lentils/rice?)

  14. I bet this soup has amazing flavor going on! Can’t wait to try it!

  15. I’ve recently become a little obsessed with my crockpot, and I’m always looking for new yummy African recipes. This one is going to the top of the list:)

  16. I’ve been bookmarking a lot of lentil soups lately, but the peanut butter in this one makes it unique among the others. I wonder, could it cook for a couple more hours (on low) if I add more liquid? I hate how crockpot recipes only require 8-9 hours of cook time; on weekdays, I am always gone for longer than that!

  17. Hi Kalyn! I’m glad that you liked this—and I love the addition of lentils. I am a lentil novice, and am just discovering their magical (and frugal!) powers.


  18. What amazing flavors! I love the use of lentils, and the use of peanut butter as a “secret” ingredient.

  19. I just made a really delicious autumn lentil soup (with nutmeg and cinnamon). However, peanut butter is one of my favorite things in the world (as are chiles), so I have a feeling another lentil soup is in my future!


  20. That looks great! Love the protein/fiber boost of rice and lentils.