Veggie Jerk Butternut Squash and Black Bean Stew with Rice & Peas

Jerk Sweet Potato & Black Bean Stew with Rice & Peas Recipe

55 Minutes
Serves: 2

A spicy jerk black bean, butternut squash vegetable stew with butternut squash, sweet potatoes, red peppers and black beans spiced with scotch bonnet chilli, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg served with spicy coconut and aduki bean rice. Perfect for vegetarians and vegans

Recipe Ingreds


  • 1 tin tinned aduki beans
  • 0.25 tsp allspice
  • 0.5 tsp black pepper
  • 250 ml coconut cream
  • 3 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onions
  • 100 grams basmati rice
  • 0.25 tsp salt
  • 1 fresh scotch bonnet chilli
  • 1 spring onions
  • 0.5 stock cube veg
  • 0.5 tsp brown sugar
  • 300 ml water (boiling)


  • 0.5 tsp allspice
  • 1 bell pepper (red)
  • 0.5 tsp black pepper
  • 0.5 butternut squash
  • 0.25 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 fresh scotch bonnet chilli
  • 2 sprig fresh thyme
  • 0.25 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 onions
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 spring onions
  • 0.5 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 tin tinned tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 0.25 salt
  • 1 tinned black beans

Recipe with pictures Steps

Step 1

  • half fill a pan with water and boil
  • peel sweet potatoes , cut into cubes
  • add to the pan

Step 2

  • peel and chop the butternut squash into cube
  • add to the pan
  • cook for 10 mins

Step 3

  • heat the olive oil in the frying pan
  • peel and chop the onion(s) finely
  • add to the frying pan
  • cook for 3 to 4 mins

Step 4

  • wash and finely slice the spring onions
  • add to the frying pan
  • wash and slice the peppers into strips
  • add to the frying pan

Step 5

  • wash and finely chop the chilli
  • add to the frying pan
  • cook for 3 to 4 mins

Step 6

  • set the oven to 180C 350F or gas mark 4
  • wash and remove the thyme leaves from their stalks
  • add the herbs and spices to the frying pan

Step 7

  • Drain the butternut and sweet potato
  • add to the frying pan
  • cook for a minute or two

Step 8

  • add the tinned tomatoes, sugar, soy sauce to the frying pan and mix the ingredients
  • cook for a minute or two

Step 9

  • Drain the beans and wash in cold water
  • add to the frying pan
  • cook for a minute or two
  • taste and season with salt and pepper if necessary

Step 10

  • empty the contents of the frying pan into a casserole dish
  • place the stew in the oven
  • cook for 20 mins

Step 11

  • while the stew is cooking
  • add the stock cube to boiling water
  • add the coconut cream to the stock
  • Drain and rinse the beans

Step 12

  • heat the large pan
  • add the oil to the pan
  • wash the rice
  • peel and chop the onion(s) finely
  • add to the pan
  • cook for 3 to 4 mins

Step 13

  • wash and finely slice the spring onions
  • add to the pan
  • wash and finely chop the chilli
  • add to the pan

Step 14

  • peel and crush the garlic using the garlic crusher or chop finely
  • add to the pan
  • cook for a minute or two
  • add the thyme, allspice, rice, sugar, salt and pepper
  • add to the pan
  • stir to mix the ingredients

Step 15

  • add the stock enough to cover the rice plus a couple of cms deep
  • Bring to the boil and boil for a few minutes
  • turn down the heat cook gently until rice is tender
  • add the beans
  • cook for a minute or two

Step 16

  • remove the stew from the oven

Step 17

  • place one serving of rice onto a plate

Step 18

  • add the stew
  • serve immediately

Step 19

  • If cooking extra for the freezer store the extra stew and rice in a freezable container allow to cool and then place in freezer

Recipe Utensils

  • 1 casserole dish
  • 1 chopping board
  • 1 chopping board
  • 2 fish slice
  • 1 frying pan
  • 1 Garlic crusher
  • 1 jug
  • 1 large knife
  • 1 large knife
  • 2 large pan
  • 2 sieve

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What is jerk cooking 

Jerk is a style of cooking originating in Jamaica.  Traditional the Jerk spice mix is either used as a dry rub or a marinade to flavour meat. The two main ingredients for the jerk spice is allspice and scotch bonnet. The rub spices are perfect to combine with vegetables

How to make Jerk sweet potato, butternut squash & black bean stew 

Boil the sweet potatoes, butternut squash till soft, Fry the onions, bell peppers and spring onions till soft then add the chilli add the ground spices and thyme. Drain the sweet potato and butternut and add to the frying pan, add the tomatoes, sugar and soy sauce. Add the black beans and season.  Place in a casserole dish and  cook in the oven. To make the rice, lightly fry the onions till soft, add the chilli, spring onions, garlic and spices Add the rice, coconut milk and stock cook till the rice is soft mix in the aduki beans. Serve the rice and stew together

What makes our Jamaican Jerk vegetable stew the best

This jerk stew is a tasty combination of vegetables, flavoured with jerk seasoning. The star ingredient that make this dish extra special is the spice mix that makes this vegetable stew delicious

Jerk vegetable stew meal and dinner ideas

Jerk stew is the perfect autumn winter dish, this dish is perfect for freezing for those busy work nights, serve the stew with

  • rice and beans
  • simple coconut rice
  • traditional coco bread

Vegetarian jerk sweet butternut squash and black bean stew dinner party main course

This stew is perfect for a vegetarian Jamaican dinner party, serve it with rice and peas. For the starter try some Jamaican fried chicken wings and Caribbean bakewell tart for dessert 

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