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Spicy Pork Stew with Sweet Potatoes

You’re going to love this delicious stew with its unique blend of pork, sweet potatoes, and a medley of spices. Unlike tougher cuts of pork, tenderloin can be cooked relatively quickly. That means you don’t have to let it simmer for hours to get melt-in-your-mouth results.
Course dinner, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword pork stew, sweet potato stew
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion diced
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 2-3 garlic cloves minced
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • lb. pork tenderloin cut into 1” cubes
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1” cubes
  • 15 oz. black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 t. ground cumin
  • ½ t. chili powder
  • 2 t. Italian seasoning
  • ½ t. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 14- oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 c. low-sodium chicken stock
  • ¼ c. fresh parsley chopped, divided


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add red onion, celery, and garlic. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Cook, stirring frequently, until the veggies soften and develop a bit of color, approximately 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add pork tenderloin and sweet potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat begins to brown, around 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add black beans and spices and stir to combine. Cook for another 30 seconds, or just until the spices become fragrant. Taste and season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired.
  4. Add crushed tomatoes and chicken stock and increase heat to high. Bring to boil, and then reduce heat to medium. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until pork is cooked through and the sweet potatoes are fork-tender, approximately 13-15 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and discard bay leaves. Stir in 3 tablespoons of fresh parsley. Taste and adjust seasonings, as desired.
  6. Top with remaining fresh parsley for garnish and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Tip: Like most tomato-based dishes, this flavorful stew tastes even better the next day – so consider making a double batch to enjoy later!