This Keto Pumpkin, Pork and Peanut Stew has a curry vibe that is spicy, creamy, salty, and sweet in every bite. The fresh cilantro and chopped peanut garnish on top makes it vibrant and adds a beautiful texture as well.
I know, I know, combining pumpkin, pork, and peanuts in a keto pumpkin stew recipe sounds like crazy talk, but I promise you I haven’t gone off my rocker (much.) You guys are just going to have to trust me on this one!
Mr. Hungry was skeptical too, but he loved this dish – maybe even more than I did!
I knew the concept wasn’t totally off base, because in Latin American cuisine they sometimes combine pumpkin with beef, and that’s what got me thinking along these lines – though I decided to go with pork for this keto pork stew recipe.
I wanted it to be easy, so making this in the slow cooker was a no brainer – but you can also make it in the instant pot and avoid the searing in a separate pot step.
I’m not exactly sure when the idea of mixing some peanut butter into it hit me, but once it did I couldn’t get it out of my mind. After I got over the weirdness of it, I suspected that with the right flavors added (ginger, habanero, allspice, etc.), I could achieve a peanut satay sauce kind of feel, but with a pumpkin twist.
Imagine my excitement when: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. *she typed modestly*
Seriously though, the resulting ambrosia has a curry-like quality that is somehow spicy, creamy, salty, and sweet all at the same time – and with subtle nutty overtones.
You can eat this keto pork and pumpkin stew on its own, but I really, really loved it served over some finely chopped and lightly cooked cauliflower to add some body to it.
The cilantro and peanut garnish is essential to me for both flavor and texture – it really brightens up the final product so don’t skip it if you can help it!
Even Mr. Hungry, who hates cauliflower and isn’t a fan of leftovers either, ate this for lunch a couple of days in a row!
It’s really THAT good! Promise!
For you allergy sufferers, this keto pumpkin, pork and peanut stew is both dairy and egg free, so you can have at it.
If you have a peanut allergy, you could substitute almond butter and chopped almonds for the peanut butter and chopped peanuts. I think the flavor difference from that substitution would be very subtle, and still super delicious.
Are you brave enough to try this unique keto pumpkin stew?
I hope so! Be sure to report back and let us know what you think if you do!
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