Sweet and Spicy Soup with Black-Eyed Peas and Sweet Potato Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Sweet and Spicy Soup with Black-Eyed Peas and Sweet Potato Recipe

Sweet and Spicy Soup with Black-Eyed Peas and Sweet Potato

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"Contrasting the flavors of sweet (roasted red bell pepper and sweet potato), spicy (cayenne and crushed red pepper) and earthy (black eye peas) was the inspiration for this dish. Equally tasty whether served hot or cold."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    1 hr 10 mins


  1. Set oven to broil. Brush red bell pepper lightly with olive oil, and place cut-side down on a baking sheet. Place sheet under broiler, and broil until pepper is blackened and blistered. Remove from broiler, and when cool enough to touch, peel skin. Chop pepper into bite-size pieces.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion, celery, and garlic; cook until onion is soft and translucent.
  3. Mix in water, vegetable broth, tomatoes, black-eyed peas, sweet potatoes, and chopped bell pepper. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, cayenne, and red pepper flakes. Add bay leaf, thyme, basil, oregano, and rosemary. Mix in garlic, onion, and mustard powders. Stir in cumin and coriander.
  4. Bring contents to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, covered, until sweet potatoes begin to disintegrate, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and cracked pepper to taste. Stir in fresh parsley, and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 31, 2006

This is a very flavorful, serviceable weeknight soup. For those who think it a bit odd, a similar, sweet potato-tomato soup is very popular in parts of the Carribean. Relying on that experience, I made a few changes in the ingredients and method of preparation. Agreeing with prior reviews, I reduced the cinnamon to 1/2 tsp. because it's naturally assertive, eliminated the oregano, basil and rosemary, since it didn't fit the flavor profile and used canned stewed tomatoes. The powdered onion went, too, since there was plenty of fresh. I used minced, seeded, habanero chile in place of the cayenne and crushed red pepper, because it's flavor works well with the other ingredients. I sauteed the spices with the onion, celery and minced garlic,which I doubled. To reduce the sweetness and highlight the sweet potato's natural flavor a bit more, I made sure not to buy "candied" sweet potato. I used bottled roasted pepper, since I had some left over from another dish. I also eliminated the water and used two cups of low sodium broth. Everything was partially hand blended at the end, before adding leftover, shredded roast chicken in the last five minutes of cooking, for a protein boost. Tasty in front of the TV!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 06, 2006

Sorry, I'm not a fan of this one. There's too much going on with all the different spices; I think you need to pick a set of spices that compliment each other rather than using a pinch of everything. Also, the cinnamon was a bit overwhelming. Will not be making this again.

Oct 09, 2005

My husband has declared this "the best stew". I used fresh black eyed peas and a fresh sweet potato. Since I used fresh veggies I had to increase the veg broth to 3 cups and I was also more generous with the sugar and spices. I also increased the cooking time to about 40 minutes. This was very hearty and easy to make.

Sep 07, 2005

This was awesome! I did make a few changes:Instead of roasting red pepper, I cut red, yellow and green peppers into chunks and sauteed then with the onions I substituted 1 can of stewed tomatoes for the plum tomatoes. I added 1 large minced thai chili pepper instead of cayenne. I added a little bit more cumin than a pinch (probably 1/4- 1/2 tsp). I simmered it for an hour to really bring out the flavors. I blended it with a hand blender for about 5 seconds just to make the broth a little thicker. I also sprinkled it with asiago before serving. Definitely a good recipe! This would probably make a yummy crock pot soup!

Jan 04, 2007

Wow, so so so good! I followed "Big Rev"s suggestions of reducing the cinnamon, leaving out some spices, sautéing the spices with the onions, adding chicken, and skipping the water and using all broth. I still think there should be more broth, so I'd probably go with 3 cups next time. I did not add the bell pepper (I am allergic), and I did not have Cumin or coriander so I substituted with a pinch of curry powder which has both in it. I also used a fresh sweet potato instead of canned (just simmer it 45 minutes instead of 20). I found in my store's produce section "reconstituted" black eyed peas (brand name Melissa’s) which basically just saved me having to soak the dried peas overnight (I don’t like the canned version). All in all, this was a tasty dish and I plan to make it again for a dinner party in a few weeks.

Nov 24, 2006

Beautiful! Thank you Big Rey, for your review, as I took your lead and I'm so glad I did. I used vegetable broth instead of water; didn't have any stewed tomatoes on hand, so used diced, and used roasted red peppers. I can't imagine how it would taste if I used any more than 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. That was enough. Once it was done, I pureed half of the soup ~ it looks, smells, and tastes absolutely wonderful!

May 14, 2005

This sounded strange, but was absolutely great. I was very pleased with the soup, which was easy to prepare, and my family liked it. Made for really delicious lunch the next day after the flavors married overnight.

Apr 12, 2008

This recipe was absolutely delicious! Even my husband, who HATES sweet potatoes, liked it! I did make a few changes, but nothing major. I just omitted some of the spices and, per my dad's suggestion, had some Hot Madras curry powder on the table so diners could season their stew to taste - the curry powder really did add just the right flavor. The spices I kept were the bay leaves, garlic (fresh), thyme, rosemary (fresh), brown sugar, cumin, salt, red pepper, cayenne pepper, and parsley as garnish. I think next time I may substitute cilantro for parsley. I also just sauteed the red pepper rather than baking it to draw out the sweetness, because I just don't have the patience for that. This soup is savory, sweet, and not overly complex with some spices omitted. Thanks to AMANDA1432 for submitting this recipe! It's brilliant!


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  • Calories
  • 134 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 24.9 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 2.4 g
  • 4%
  • Fiber
  • 4.2 g
  • 17%
  • Protein
  • 4.3 g
  • 9%
  • Sodium
  • 255 mg
  • 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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