With the cold coming fast, it's time for some warm weeknight dinners. And, there is nothing better than a slow cooker dinner recipe to keep you warm during those cold nights. This week's recipe is a Caribbean one. It has very little kick, but feel free to add more jerk seasoning if you want more spice.
What is Jerk Seasoning Paste?
Jerk seasoning paste is made of some water, garlic, brown sugar, vinegar, garlic, water, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and thyme. Mixed to make a paste. We have added olive oil or canola oil in the past.
In this recipe, I used an already made version, but if you want to try to make it yourself, check out this one I found online: Jamaican Jerk Seasoning Paste by Chowhound
What ingredients are in Caribbean Sweet Potato and Black Bean Stew Recipe?
1 tablespoon Jerk seasoning paste
2 lb of sweet potatoes cut into small 1 inch cubes
1 can 14 oz of black beans
1.25 cups of frozen string beans cut and defrosted (or frozen)
1.5 cups of frozen red peppers, green peppers, and onion slice mix
1 cup of vegetable broth
½ teaspoon of thyme
¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
¼ teaspoon of salt
How to make the Caribbean Sweet Potato and Black Bean Stew Recipe?
Cut the sweet potatoes into small ¾ to 1 inch cubes and place in the slow cooker.
Measure out the rest of the ingredients. Rinse the can of black beans and set aside. Measure out the string beans and the peppers and onion mix. Measure out the vegetable broth, jerk seasoning paste, thyme, cinnamon, and herbs.
I used Tropical Pepper Co. Island Jerk Seasoning for this dish. But, we have used other brands as well. See the items below I found on Amazon.com (affiliate). You can also buy hot jerk seasoning or mild. It's up to you.
Combine the sweet potatoes, black beans, red pepper and onion mix, green beans, jerk seasoning, thyme, cinnamon, and salt in the slow cooker. Mix well.
Cook on low for 4-5 hours or until the vegetable are tender.
Turn on warm and adjust the salt if it needs it.
Below is the finished dish in a bowl. What do you think? Would you make this recipe? Please share your favorite slow cooker stew recipes below. I would love to hear from you!