Brenda Gantt

Transport your taste buds to the vibrant and flavorful world of Jamaica with this tantalizing Jamaican Red Bean Stew. Bursting with the island’s signature spices and ingredients, this stew is a hearty, satisfying, and aromatic dish that brings a taste of the Caribbean right to your kitchen. To achieve that authentic Jamaican flavor, you can craft your own jerk seasoning blend using thyme, allspice, black pepper, cinnamon, cayenne, onion powder, and nutmeg. This recipe serves four, making it ideal for sharing a taste of Jamaica with your family and friends.

Serves 4



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 3 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 2 teaspoons jerk seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste



  1. In a sauté pan over medium heat, add the olive oil. Once the oil is heated, add the diced onion and minced garlic. Sauté them for approximately 3 minutes, or until the onion becomes soft and translucent, and the garlic releases its enticing aroma.
  2. In a 4-quart slow cooker, combine all the ingredients listed above. This includes the sautéed onion and garlic, diced tomatoes, sweet potatoes, red kidney beans, coconut milk, vegetable broth, jerk seasoning, curry powder, and a pinch of salt and pepper. These ingredients will harmonize to create a flavorful and aromatic stew that’s a tribute to Jamaican cuisine.
  3. Cover the slow cooker and set it to cook on low heat. Allow the stew to simmer and infuse its flavors over the course of 6 hours. This slow cooking process is essential for melding the spices and developing the rich taste of the Jamaican Red Bean Stew.



  • Serve your Jamaican Red Bean Stew in bowls, and savor the delightful combination of tender sweet potatoes, creamy coconut milk, and the bold, spicy flavors of jerk seasoning. This dish is perfect as a main course, and you can garnish it with fresh cilantro or scallions for a burst of color and freshness.


Enjoy a taste of the Caribbean without leaving your home, and share the vibrant flavors of Jamaica with your loved ones through this inviting and aromatic stew.

Once you’ve served this Jamaican Red Bean Stew and experienced its enticing blend of flavors, you’ll find yourself transported to the sun-drenched beaches and lush landscapes of Jamaica. It’s a dish that’s sure to become a favorite in your home, and the homemade jerk seasoning adds an extra layer of authenticity to the meal. So, gather around the table and indulge in the rich, flavorful world of Jamaican cuisine with this hearty stew.

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