Spicy Groundnut Soup

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Here’s a recipe all the way from Africa. Spicy groundnut soup is an easy and affordable way to share a delicious meal packed full of vegetables. And it has a distinct (but mild) nuttiness (from peanut butter in this recipe.)

Spicy groundnut soup

Even if you aren’t a big fan of peanut butter you should give this dish a try.  The combination of spices, tomatoes, onions, and garlic ensure that spicy groundnut soup is chock full of flavor. And a dash of vinegar and a squeeze of lemon in the final stages of cooking makes the taste come alive.

The heat source here is fresh jalapeño pepper. It’s well balanced in the soup, so there isn’t an overwhelming spiciness here. The fresh cilantro is optional but it definitely brings around another dimension to the dish. 

Spicy groundnut soup is a perfect winter warmer, but this is not only a seasonal soup. It’s a great way to use summer vegetables too. For instance, try adding in some cubes of red bell pepper or diced sweet potatoes. Layering in kale or collard greens is tasty, too. Really, the more vegetables the merrier. And it all adds to the complexity of the taste.

Try to eat this spicy groundnut soup as soon as you make it – it’s best served fresh.  If you do decide to reheat it at any point, add some extra water beforehand as it cools with a thick consistency.

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Spicy Groundnut Soup

Spicy Groundnut Soup

An earthy and slightly nutty vegetable soup
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes
Course Soup
Servings 10 servings
Calories 228 kcal



  • Place a large saucepan over high heat and add the oil
  • Peel and crush the garlic cloves and finely dice the onion then add to the pan
  • Cut the flesh or the jalapeno into small chunks removing seeds and add to the pan stirring gently to avoid burning
  • Add all of the spice powders and stir for 1 minute to release the flavors
  • Reduce to a low-medium heat
  • Stir in the peanut butter – it should melt down slowly
  • Roughly cube the tomatoes and potatoes then add them to the soup
  • Place the bay leaf and thyme on top and pour over the stock
  • Cover and cook gently for 35 minutes on a low simmer, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking
  • Serve with some finely chopped cilantro and a wedge of lime


Calories: 228kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 10gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 238mgPotassium: 718mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 474IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Jalapeno Pepper
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on September 5, 2023 to include new content.
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Kort Kramer

Peanut soups are some of my favorites. Take Virginia Peanut soup for instance. Adding some spice just makes sense!

Kort Kramer

Peanut soups are some of my favorites. Take Virginia Peanut soup for instance. Adding some spice just makes sense!