How to Make West African Smoky Hot Pot Recipe

This West African Hot Pot Recipe is sponsored by Idaho Potatoes. All opinions are my own.

Learn How to Make this Tasty West African Inspired Smoky Hot Pot Recipe!

Hot Pot with Smoked Turkey and Potatoes

As a busy mom, I know the joy of finding a recipe that is tasty and the whole family will enjoy, and if it’s a super easy one-pot wonder, then yes, please. That’s is this recipe completely, a West African-inspired hot pot recipe!

Potatoes. They are a mainstay the world over! So it’s no wonder that you can find potatoes in recipes from all over the world.

Although this isn’t a straight up authentic recipe, this is an inspired variation of the hot pot recipes you might find spanning across West Africa. In this version, you’ll get the heat and smoky flavor that makes this easy dinner a winner anytime of the year.

You can use any meat that your family will devour, but to make it even an easier time-saving dish, I love to use rotisserie chicken or smoked turkey thighs. Many of the hot pot recipes you might find usually have a smoky fish added, which normally isn’t my thing, but yes, I’ve tried it and was pleasantly surprised.

Pot with West African Potato Hot Pot stew.

The beauty of this meal is that it is so versatile, with easy-to-find ingredients, and one full recipe will feed a small army, or in my case – seriously growing boys that are hungry every hour of the day.

Just about everywhere you look, potatoes are widely used and loved in regional cooking from all corners of the world. That’s the beauty of a potato!

Just as with any regional cuisine, there is always going to be a long list of variations of one recipe. Such as is with this gorgeous hot pot recipe, and so I’ve made it my own by trying others, then combining what I thought was the best of each, and voila!

This hot pot recipe is definitely a twist to the traditional hot pot. Although not authentic to a T, I think it has turned out amazing, and wanted to share it with you!

Ingredients to make a smoked turkey and potato stew

As always, I have to say, Idaho Potatoes are my go-to anytime a recipe calls for spuds. If you were to look in my pantry, I continually keep a russet Idaho Potatoes. They are so adaptable to just about any flavor palate and do a recipe justice.

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This simple smoky turkey and potato stew is perfect when you want a delicious and hearty family meal. With dishes like this, don’t worry if you have leftovers, it’s even better the next day, that is if there are any leftovers.

For the shopping, it’s an easy one, not a long line of crazy ingredients. Want to serve up any sides? Keep them simple, such as a nice artisanal bread, salad, or crackers.

Pot of Smoked Turkey with Potatoes Hot Pot Recipe

What You’ll Need:

  • Russet Idaho Potatoes
  • Olive Oil
  • Yellow onion
  • Garlic
  • Carrots
  • Bell peppers, any color
  • Habanero, jalapeno, or any other hot pepper, if desired
  • Tomatoes
  • Smoked turkey, such as legs or thighs, or a rotisserie chicken
  • Vegetable or chicken broth
  • Salt and ground pepper to taste
  • Smoked paprika
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, optional

How To Make Smoky Hot Pot Recipe:

Step One:

  • To prepare your hot pot recipe for cooking, start by parboiling the diced potatoes until just starting to tender. Drain and set aside.

Step Two:

  • To prepare your hot pot recipe for cooking by heating olive oil in a Dutch oven, and saute the onions for about 5 minutes until starting to turn clear.
  • Continue to saute the remaining vegetables, by adding carrots first, followed by the peppers, and minced garlic, and tomatoes, saute until tender.

Step Three:

  • Add in the chopped smoked turkey or shredded rotisserie chicken, stir in and combine, continuing to saute.

Step Four:

  • Stir in the diced potatoes and mix in the spices and seasoning, coating well.

Step Five:

  • Pour in the vegetable or chicken broth, bring to a boil, and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Taste to check the seasoning and adjust if needed.
Bowl of Potato Hot Pot Stew

Tips and Tricks for a Best Smoky Hot Pot

This tasty smoky hot pot recipe is the perfect dinner for a hungry family or to share with friends. With these tips and tricks, your casual dinner will be even easier to make!

  • Choose good quality meat for the best flavor. I’m big on cooking and love finding those recipes that are not only tasty but will save me time. When looking for quality meat, you can use any you’d like, but a shortcut that works wonders is to use a quality cooked smoked turkey thigh or leg, or shredding up a delicious rotisserie chicken. See, that just saved you at least 30 minutes right there.
  • Use Russet Idaho Potatoes. This recipe is the perfect dish that will only be better by using a nice quality russet potato. That’s where Idaho Potatoes come in, they’re just the right texture to take on all the smoky flavor and spice that this dish has to offer. For the “just perfectly cooked” potatoes, gently parboil them for about 5 minutes, just until they start to turn tender, then drain before adding to the recipe to finish off cooking.
  • Keep your peeled and diced potatoes from turning brown. TO keep them from turning brown, place them in a bowl of cold water, just covering them until ready to cook.
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How to: West African Smoky Hot Pot Recipe

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How to Make West African Hot Pot Recipe

Yield: 6 - 8
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

A spicy and smoky West African-inspired Hot Pot recipe! So easy to make, layered with flavors, and perfect for sharing with friends and family.


  • 4 large russet Idaho Potatoes, peeled and diced into bite-size pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 - 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, any color or a mix, diced
  • 1 habanero or jalapeno pepper, finely diced, if desired
  • 4 - 6 medium Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 - 2 pounds smoked turkey thigh, diced or shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper, if desired
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth


  1. In a large pot, add the peeled and diced Idaho Potatoes and cover with water. Bring to a boil, and cook for about 15 - 20 minutes or until just starting to turn tender but still firm. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat and saute the onions for 5 - 8 minutes or until just turning clear.
  3. Add in the sliced carrots, and continue to saute for 3 minutes before adding in the peppers, followed by the minced garlic, and Roma tomatoes.
  4. Stir in the smoked paprika, black pepper, crushed red pepper if using, and salt to taste.
  5. Next, add in the chopped smoked turkey thigh or shredded rotisserie chicken, mixing in well.
  6. Add in the vegetable or chicken broth and bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to simmer for about 10 minutes until potatoes are tender.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 441Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 1743mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 6gSugar: 10gProtein: 35g

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