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Three Hour Stew with Purple Sweet Potato

The cold weather has finally reached us here in South Texas and that means this mama is ready for some warm, hearty soups and stews.  Since we don’t have many cold months here, I take advantage of the time we do have and enjoy it as much as I can.  There is just something super comforting about flannel pj’s and a warm bowl of stew.

purple sweet potato

Preparing meals that are easy and healthy is incredibly important to me.  I want my family to be healthy and they rely on what I make in the kitchen. I find that when a recipe is easy to prepare it often makes it to the top of the list.  And if it’s at the top of the list it gets made more often.

Three Hour Stew with Purple Sweet Potato

Three Hour Stew with Purple Sweet Potato
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A hearty, colorful beef stew with purple sweet potato and carrots.
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
  • 1 large purple sweet potato
4 large carrots
  • 1 pound stew meat
  • ½ of a small onion
1 small fresh garlic clove
4 cups beef stock
  • ½ cup A1 or steak sauce
  1. Thoroughly wash all of your veggies; peel sweet potato and carrots. Cut the potato into a few large pieces and put into the pot. Cut the carrots into smaller, uniform pieces; cover and chill. The carrots will be added with about 1 hour left to cook (or you may cut them into a couple large pieces and add them now).
  2. Add all ingredients, aside from small carrots, to the pot. Cover with the lid slightly cracked and set the temperature to medium low. This may need to be adjusted. You want a very low simmer, but not a boil. Low heat over a long time will help the meat become perfectly fall apart tender.
  3. Check periodically. With about an hour left add carrots, mixing in well to ensure they cook evening. This amount of cook time will give you sweet potatoes that fall apart, that will further thicken the broth for a super nutritious and tasty finish.

This easy stew recipe can’t get much simpler, y’all!  It’s tasty, it’s easy and it’s fun to look at. I absolutely adore all the colors in this dish especially the bright purple from the sweet potatoes.

Three Hour Stew with Purple Sweet Potato

What is your favorite thing about the colder weather?

About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


  1. 1

    Oh I’ve never tried purple sweet potato, but I sure do like that purdy color! I’m gonna do it!

  2. 2

    The purple potato makes this dish so vibrant, love it!

  3. 3

    I have never heard of a purple sweet potato. Neat!

  4. 4

    Oh that sounds like it would be a great dish for a chilly night! I like being able to fix something and have it simmer all day in the slow cooker.

  5. 5

    I do love getting to eat delicious soups!

  6. 6

    I love sweet potatoes but never have tried purple sweet potatoes before. One of my favorite things about the winter is using my crock pot more.

  7. 7

    I haven’t tried purple sweet potato. This looks great

  8. 8

    I have never tried a purple sweet potato before. 🙂

  9. 9
    Oakley @ Frieda's says:

    So glad you’ve found our Stokes Purple(r) Sweet Potatoes! Aren’t they just gorgeous? The season is coming to a close on these awesome tubers, probably by next month, and we won’t have them again until August! So, please, do get your fill. 🙂

  10. 10

    I’ve never tried a purple sweet potato before. Looks very interesting.

  11. 11

    I love making soups and stews for dinner, especially when the weather is cold. That purple sweet potato would bring some fabulous color to any meal!

  12. 12

    That sounds really good. I’m not sure I could do a mushy potato as I hate them like that but I could add later on. I do like the color of the stew though!

  13. 13

    Ok — WHERE did you find a purple sweet potato? HEB?

  14. 14

    This looks so yummy! And I love colorful foods. 🙂

  15. 15

    I have been trying to find purple sweet potatoes! I can only find regular purple potatoes 🙁

  16. 16

    I’ve never heard or seen a purple sweet potato before, very interesting. Where do you buy them from?

  17. 17

    I didn’t know there was a purple sweet potato how interesting! Love stew and haven’t even made it yet this winter.

    What do I like about the colder weather? Not being hot, sipping tea all day and snuggling with hubby or my little/big people (a.k.a. my children!).

  18. 18

    I did not know there was purple sweet potatoes. This looks great!

  19. 19

    I’ve never even heard of a purple sweet potato! How pretty. I definitely have to try one now.

  20. 20

    I’m going to look out for purple sweet potatoes…maybe my farmer’s market has some.

  21. 21

    I have never cooked with purple sweet potatoes before. Your stew looks wonderful.

  22. 22

    I’ve actually never made stew, which I didn’t realize until just now! It reminds me of being a kid, so of course now I’m craving it! Totally trying this, thanks!

  23. 23

    I have never had purple sweet potatoes before. Sounds good!

  24. 24

    I had no idea that purple sweet potatoes even exsisted!

  25. 25

    I don’t think I have ever seen purple sweet potatoes before. The stew looks delicious and is so colorful!

  26. 26

    I love a good stew. This looks delicious!

  27. 27

    I love stew, the fact that this only takes 3 hours is pretty awesome.

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