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One Pot Savory Pork and Sweet Potato Stew

You’re going to love this delicious stew with its unique blend of pork, sweet potato, 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.

One Pot Savory Pork and Sweet Potato Stew

One Pot Savory Pork and Sweet Potato Stew

One Pot Savory Pork and Sweet Potato Stew

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword pork, sweet potato
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4


  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion diced
  • 2 celery stalks 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
  • 1 15-oz. can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 14-oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped, divided


  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat olive oil 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.
  • Add pork tenderloin and sweet potatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat begins to brown, around 2-3 minutes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Remove from heat and discard bay leaves.
  • Stir in 3 Tablespoons of fresh parsley. Taste and adjust seasonings, as desired.
  • Top with remaining fresh parsley for garnish and serve immediately. Enjoy!

What is the difference between a yam and a sweet potato?

Sweet potatoes are sweet, orange-colored root vegetables that taste great in both sweet and savory dishes. They are long and have red skin. Many people believe they are yams, but they are wrong. In fact, that can of yams you love for Thanksgiving? They’re sweet potatoes.

Yams look like russet potatoes with a skin condition. Their skin is rough and fibrous and their flesh is off-white like a regular potato but much firmer.

It is an easy mistake to make. The flesh of a sweet potato can vary from white to orange and even purple. But regardless of color, the flesh is moist and much closer to a regular potato in texture.

A Quick Guide to Cuts of Pork

The main or primal cuts of pork are the four to six large parts created when the pig is first cut. These cuts include the shoulder, loin, belly, and leg. Pork tenderloin is the most tender cut of pork and comes from the loin area and is great for marinading and rubbing.

cuts of pork

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Want to tailor this stew to your taste? Try these ideas:

  • Use chicken or beef instead of pork. It will give it a different flavor and texture, depending on the meat you use.
  • Use some other type of beans instead of black beans. Red kidney beans or even garbanzo beans could work very well.
  • Use a different kind of broth. Vegetable or beef broth are easy switches.

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About the author

Carma Spence has been experimenting in the kitchen since she was four years old and loves trying out new recipe ideas. She is the author of Bonkers for Bundt Cakes and Your Perfect Pie, as well as author and contributor to several more non-food-related books. With Carma's Cookery, she is taking her passion for empowering people and blending it with her passion for cooking, gift-giving and entertaining.

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