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Kale and chickpeas make for a hearty sweet potato stew, while the coconut milk adds just the right amount of smoothness to this cozy and delicious recipe.

Kale & sweet potato stew

As the weather gets chillier, I start turning to soups as the perfect weeknight meal. Not only are they filling and delicious, but they also can usually be whipped up fairly easily and are budget-friendly. And when they are full of ingredients that are amazingly good for you, what’s not to love? This sweet potato stew just might be the epitome of health in a bowl. I mean, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, AND those infamously good-for-you leafy greens?

After a bowl of this, I felt like I had some kind of nutrition chi going on. Plus, it tastes incredibly good. The kale and sweet potatoes make a hearty combination, and the coconut milk adds just the right amount of smoothness. If you’re not a sweet potato fan, you might become a believer with this one — remember, they aren’t sickly sweet unless you douse them with syrup and sugar. The sweet potatoes in this recipe are made even healthier if you leave the skins on (yes, sweet potato skins are edible!). Sweet potato skins are packed with fiber, beta carotene, and vitamins C and E, just to name a few of their many health benefits. So save yourself the effort of peeling the sweet potatoes and reap all the benefits of eating them.

How to make sweet potato stew

When buying the ingredients for this hearty sweet potato stew, make sure you’re getting unsweetened, full-fat coconut milk. The coconut flavor won’t dominate this stew, and is the key to making it super rich and creamy. I’d also recommend purchasing salt-free vegetable broth so you can control the amount of salt you use. Just remember to season every layer of this sweet potato stew to balance out all the flavors! Finally, you can use any type of kale you find at the store; the tough leaves hold up well in this stew and add a delightfully earthy flavor to the final product.

If you have leftover sweet potato stew, make sure to store the rice and the stew separately. This will prevent the rice from soaking up all the yummy broth and going mushy. If you’re not a fan of rice, this stew would also be great plain or with a thick slice of bread.

Looking for more sweet potato recipes?

Sweet potatoes are one of the most versatile ingredients, and we always have a few on hand for easy meals. Outside of this kale, chickpea and sweet potato stew, here are a few of our favorite vegan sweet potato recipes:

This recipe is…

This sweet potato stew is vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, vegetarian, and gluten-free.

Related: Try using our Homemade Vegetable Broth for this recipe!

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Kale, Chickpea, and Sweet Potato Stew

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


Kale and chickpeas make for a hearty sweet potato stew, while the coconut milk adds just the right amount of smoothness to this cozy and delicious recipe.


  • 2 cups dry brown rice, for serving
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced
  • 3/4 pound kale
  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • ¾ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas
  • 6 cups (1 ½ quarts) vegetable broth
  • 1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper


  1. Cook the rice according to the package instructions (or use our Instant Pot rice method).
  2. Prepare the vegetables: Dice the onion. Mince the garlic. Mince the ginger. Wash and roughly chop the kale. Dice the sweet potato into bite-sized cubes.
  3. Prepare the soup: In a large pot, heat at about 2 tablespoons olive oil. Cook the onion until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, ginger, turmeric and red pepper flakes, and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Stir in the sweet potatoes. Then add the vegetable broth and bring to a simmer.
  5. Once the stew is simmering, add the kale and chickpeas. Simmer for about 20 minutes until the sweet potatoes are tender.
  6. Stir in the coconut milk.
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve over brown rice.


Inspired by Joy the Baker

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Karen Kamradt says:

    This was fantastic. Just the right amount of spice. The only change i made was I added the entire can of coconut milk. Otherwise I followed the recipe to the letter. My husband and I my loved it. I will definitely be making this one again.

  2. Elle says:

    I just realized this recipe is 10 years old…but it’s still so good! I actually like the simple spices here. Paired with the Better Than Bouillion vegetable stock, it has great flavor! Cozy and warm…thanks you guys!

  3. Ashley says:

    This has been one of my go-to recipes for years now. I love the high health vibe mixed with simple delicious flavor. Thank you for creating and sharing such a yummy recipe! :)

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      So glad you love it!

  4. suzanne lewis says:

    I have a rheumatoid condition and was looking for a recipe that had foods that were anti-inflammatory. I skipped the brown rice and put in the whole can of coconut milk and all the vegetable broth to make it more like a soup. It was delicious! I ate it morning noon and night as sort of an experiment for myself and I got wonderful results! More energy and a major decrease in arthritic pain. Thank you! I will be sharing this recipe and will make it again and again for myself.

    1. Sonja says:

      This is wonderful! I’m so glad this recipe worked out for you, especially with your health condition. Good luck, and I hope you continue to find other recipes that help your condition as well!

  5. ashley says:

    Both me and my boyfriend loved this recipe; easily one of the best vegetarian recipes I’ve made in a while! I made the following alterations:
    – substituted nonfat yogurt for coconut milk
    – used a ton more spices – lots of coriander, ginger, a bit of cayenne and red pepper flakes, a bit of curry, and of course lots of freshly ground pepper
    – skipped the rice. even on the first night, this was nice and thick and didn’t need an extra starch imho.
    this is definitely going in my regular rotation! thanks for sharing :)

  6. Georgiann Benish says:

    Very nutritious but needs more spices. I doubled the turmeric and added a couple of tsp of cumin and coriander. Left out the coconut milk since the one I bought was no good. We didn’t miss it.

  7. Karen says:

    I made this and it came out just ok. A bit bland, something was missing. I also think a cup of coconut milk is a bit too much – very fatty.

    1. Alex says:

      Sorry you didn’t enjoy it!

  8. Pam says:

    I tried this one tonight and it was fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Alex says:

      Awesome! Glad you enjoyed it.

  9. Greg says:

    This recipe is amazing. I’ve made it twice now. Something interesting to note about it is that it contains 4 of the most powerful anti-inflammatory foods known (Tumeric, Kale, Sweet Potato and Ginger). My whole body takes a deep breath after eating this one.

    Thanks guys!

  10. Tanya says:

    I’m always looking for different stews to cook for the whole family. This was a hit with everyone, especially my 10 month old! Thanks :)

  11. Amanda says:

    Yum! This soup was delicious! I did it with brown basmati rice, which added another layer of aromatics.

  12. Emily says:

    I made this a couple weeks ago and still can’t stop thinking about it, so I finally got around to posting about it on my blog. Thanks for the great recipe!

  13. Erin says:

    We’re making this tonight. Chickpeas are in the photo and the title, but not in the recipe or instructions. I can figure it out, but thought you’d like to know :)

    1. Alex says:

      I don’t know what you are talking about. It’s right there in the directions… :)

      1. Anonymous says:

        I made this tonight was bland at first so I added some sugar cilantro and way more seasonings

  14. Jason says:

    Looks great! I am trying it this week for sure.

  15. mallory says:

    This is one I’m very excited to try!

  16. Tes says:

    The soups looks really amazing! It sounds healthy and delicious. Love the chickpea and sweet potato recipe :)

  17. kateiscooking says:

    Talk about health in a bowl! But, what a wonderful way to eat healthy. Love it! I’ve got a butternut squash or two that I need to use up so I may substitute but I’m going to try and get this made in the next couple of weeks. Thanks!! kate @kateiscooking

  18. sally says:

    I like the addition of the coconut milk. I’m sure it adds a nice oomph to this healthy and hearty looking soup.

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