Spanish Sausage Sweet Potato Stew

by Alli

Spanish Sausage Sweet Potato Stew is full of vegetables and just the right amount of spiciness. 

There’s nothing better on a cold winter night than a bowl of hearty stew. Add cornbread and I’m one happy camper. 

Seriously, I can eat soup or stew just about every night when it’s cold. And this stew has sweet potatoes, one of my favorite ingredients. My husband likes the spicy sausage. Hillshire Farms has a hot smoked sausage that is perfect for this recipe. 


This recipe calls for miso and tamari. If you don’t have any on hand, you can use soy sauce instead. 

What is Miso? 

I’m definitely not an expert when it comes to miso. I do know it adds extra flavor to soups and stews. Miso soup is always a winner when I’m eating at my favorite Japanese restaurant.  

According to Bon Appetit. “Miso is a fermented paste that’s made by inoculating a mixture of soybeans with a mold called koji that’s been cultivated from rice, barley, or soybeans. Over weeks (or even years!), the enzymes in the koji work together with the microorganisms in the environment to break down the structure of the beans and grains into amino acids, fatty acids, and simple sugars.”

There are several different types of miso. White or lighter color miso has a mild flavor and is the kind I use. It dissolves easily in soups, salad dressings, and sauces.

There’s also dark miso that will clear your sinuses! The darker the color means it’s been fermented longer. It will also taste stronger. 

What is Tamari? 

Tamari is the Japanese version of soy sauce. It’s thicker and has less salt than regular soy sauce. It will add a savory umami flavor. It has less wheat and, depending on the brand, can be gluten-free. 

If you’re using soy sauce instead of tamari (perfectly fine) use a low-sodium option. 

How To Store Leftover Spanish Sausage Sweet Potato Stew


Stews can be stored in the freezer for up to three months. Store in freezer-safe containers. Leave 1/2 inch space to allow for expansion.

This stew will last in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Let cool and cover tightly before storing it in the refrigerator. 

Yield: 5 servings

Spanish Sausage Sweet Potato Stew


Spanish Sausage Sweet Potato Stew is hearty and delicious. The spices add the best flavor.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


Spice Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 TBSP dried onion flakes (minced)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Stew Ingredients:

  • Spicy sausage (cut in 1-inch pieces)
  • 1 medium red onion (diced small pieces)
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced small pieces)
  • 2 TBSP minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes (14.5 oz)
  • 1 Tablespoon Miso (or 1/2 Tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce)
  • 1 Tablespoon Tamari (or 1 Tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce)
  • 1 medium sweet potato (peeled/ cut in small cubes)
  • 2 cans (15.5 oz) butter beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)


      1. Add the spice ingredients in a bowl. Mix Well. Set aside.

      2. Add the red onion and red bell pepper in a Dutch Oven.

      3. Saute on medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes.

      4. Add the minced garlic. 

      5. Continue on medium-high heat and saute for 1-2 minutes. Add the mixed spice ingredients, sauteing for 30 seconds. This will release the fragrance.

      6. Slowly add the broth and water. Stir to mix. Add the diced tomatoes and tamari. Bring it to a boil. Stir well. Immediately lower the heat to a low simmering boil.

      7. Stir in the cubed sweet potatoes, sausage, and the first can of the butter beans. Continue to simmer for 18 minutes. Add the parsley and miso. Stir to combine. Add the last can of butter beans. Stir well. Continue to simmer. Check to see if the sweet potatoes are tender. Remove the bay leaf.

      8. Garnish each bowl of stew with parsley before serving.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 332Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 43mgSodium 1579mgCarbohydrates 47gFiber 9gSugar 16gProtein 22g

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