moroccan beef stew

$12.97 recipe / $2.16 serving

Why am I making stews in the middle of summer? I don’t know. It just sounded tasty… and making hot food in the middle of summer never really bothered me much. So, if it’s just too hot for you to even utter the word “stew,” you’ll just have to keep this one bookmarked for later this year!

While perusing through some recipes the other day, I found this recipe and my mouth started watering. I hadn’t cooked red meat in a while so I decided to give it a shot… with my alterations, of course! Despite making some budget/availability cuts to the ingredients list, this is still one of the most expensive dishes I’ve ever made for the blog. But, beef is expensive pretty much any way you cut it. Well, the dried fruit and wine didn’t help the price either. Save this one for special occasions!

Oh, and I cooked it on the stove top rather than in a slow cooker. Read the original recipe for the slow cooker option.

If you’re not familiar with Moroccan style flavors, this stew is slightly sweet, slightly spicy, and very savory. Most americans are used to cinnamon and allspice used in sweet dishes but they swing both ways. Really! You might be a little leery of the dried fruit with the beef, but it works. I promise. Traditionally this is probably served over couscous but I used jasmine rice. I’ve got another couscous recipe this week and I didn’t want to over do it.

Moroccan Beef Stew

moroccan beef stew

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moroccan beef stew
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Total Cost: $12.97
Cost Per Serving: $2.16
Serves: 6
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil $0.22
  • 1½ lbs. beef stew meat $6.97
  • 1 medium yellow onion $0.76
  • 2 inches fresh ginger $0.33
  • ½ Tbsp minced garlic $0.12
  • ½ Tbsp allspice $0.07
  • ½ Tbsp cinnamon $0.07
  • 1 cup red wine (optional) $2.52
  • 3 oz. tomato paste $0.28
  • 1 Tbsp honey $0.11
  • ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper $0.02
  • ½ tsp salt $0.02
  • 3 cups water $0.00
  • 7 whole dried apricots $0.62
  • ¼ cup raisins $0.14
  • 1½ cups dry jasmine rice $0.72
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. When the oil is very hot (but not smoking), add the beef. Cook the beef until it is well browned and all of the juices have cooked off (about 15 minutes).
  2. While the beef is cooking, dice the onion. Peel the ginger with a vegetable peeler or scrape the skin off with a spoon and then grate about 2 inches on a cheese grater. Add the onion, ginger, and minced garlic to the pot with the beef and cook until tender (about 5 minutes).
  3. Add the allspice and cinnamon to the pot. Stir and cook for about one minute. Add the red wine to deglaze the bottom of the pot. If you’re not using wine, the water in the next step will do the same.
  4. Add the water, the tomato paste, honey, crushed red pepper, and salt. Give everything a good stir to dissolve the tomato paste. Let it come up to a boil then reduce the heat to low, place a lid on top, and let it simmer for one hour.
  5. While the stew is simmering, cook the jasmine rice. Add the dry rice and 3 cups of water to a medium pot. Bring it up to a boil with a lid in place. As soon as it reaches a rolling boil, reduce the heat to the lowest setting and let simmer for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn the heat off and let the pot sit, undisturbed, until you are ready to serve.
  6. When the stew has simmered for about an hour, roughly chop the apricots and add them to the stew along with the raisins. Let the stew simmer for another 15-20 minutes without a lid to allow it to thicken. You may need to increase the heat just slightly to keep it simmering without the lid to hold the heat in.
  7. Fluff the rice with a fork, pile some into a bowl, and then ladle the stew on top. Enjoy!


moroccan beef stew

Step By Step Photos

beef stew meatThis is the beef stew meat that I used. Stew meat is usually taken from a tougher cut because it is meant to cook long and slow. When tough cuts of meat with a lot of connective tissue are cooked for a long time, the connective tissue breaks down and you get that nice, tender, fall-apart goodness.

sear beefHeat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Once the oil is nice and hot, add the beef and sear it on all sides until brown.

moistureYour beef may let off a lot of moisture which will prevent the browning effect that we want. If this happens, just keep it cookin’ till the water evaporates off and the meat starts to brown again.

brown meatSee, eventually the moisture will cook off and it will start searing again. This is good, it makes flavor.

onion garlicWhile the beef is cooking, dice the onion and grate the ginger (peel the ginger first).

cook onion gingerAdd them to the pot along with the minced garlic and cook until tender (about 5 min.).

spicesAdd the allspice and cinnamon and cook for about 1 minute more.

frozen wineNow it’s time to add the wine to deglaze. I used wine that I had frozen specifically for cooking so that I wouldn’t have to open a new bottle every time… because no one wants to be a wino. …at least I think? Anyway, if you don’t want to use the wine, just go ahead to the next step.

wine deglazeAdd the wine and stir it around until all of the little yummy bits have dissolved off of the bottom of the pot. If you don’t have wine, a little water will work but just with less flavor.

stewFinally, add 3 cups of water, the tomato paste, crushed red pepper, honey, and salt. Bring it up to a boil, reduce the heat to low, place a lid on top, and let it simmer for 1 hour.

dried fruitWhile the stew is cooking, cook the rice. Also, roughly chop the apricots. I chopped mine to about the same size as the raisins. I had both regular and gold raisins so I used them both. 1/4 cup total.

finished stewAfter the stew has simmered for an hour, remove the lid, add the fruit, and let simmer for about 15-20 minutes more. You may need to raise the heat just slightly to keep it simmering. You want some of the liquid to boil off so that it will thicken. The pectins in the fruit will also help the sauce thicken.

moroccan beef stewLadle about a cup of the stew over a heaping pile of rice and enjoy!


  1. Amanda says:

    Excellent recipe! I didn’t have dried apricots or raisins so I used apricot chutney and crasins. It worked perfectly in a crockpot after I cooked the meat, spices and onion on the stove. I also added carrots, some cayenne (I like spicy), 2tsp fenugreek, and a some dried ginger. I love Indian spices!

  2. I’m trying to bulk this up with a few more veggies to reduce the calorie count. Any recommendations? I was thinking some red peppers.

    • Yes, red and/or green bell peppers might work. I think I would probably just cook a vegetable side dish and make my portions of the stew a bit smaller.

  3. Looks delish!

    I recently bought a frozen meal that was a moroccan style lamb with cous cous and I really liked the flavors, so I thought I would see if you had anything similar so that I could recreate it at home.

    Voila! You didn’t disappoint. I do think that instead of the dried fruit I will use sweet potato, mostly because I have some I need to use up.

    Super excited for this!

  4. Meaghan says:

    The recipe was delicious, but one point to clarify – is the 3 cups water listed in the ingredients for the stew or the rice? I put it in the stew, but it was too watery. Had to thicken with more tomato paste. Also, I put the whole thing in my slow cooker for about 5 hours, which makes the beef amazing.

    • Oh, you’re right, that is confusing! 3 cups of water for the stew and then the rice needs 3 cups to cook as well.

  5. Tracy says:

    Are there any alternative options for the ingredients? For example, what if you have no wine?

  6. Karen says:

    We enjoyed this recipe but found that our personal preference is to add more salt than is called for in many of your recipes. We added about two teaspoons of kosher salt and it was perfect.

  7. Heather says:

    Do you think pearl onions would work in this? I have a handful in my pantry I’d like to use up, but I’m not sure if it would be too much onion per bite :-/

  8. I loved that this was a set of flavors that we don’t often eat. It made my house smell amazing! I liked it alright, my 2.5 year old LOVED it. Just my husband wasn’t so crazy about it (and he’s the one who picked it!) Next time I’ll really have to add the red wine, I skipped it this time and I do think it would add a lot! Thank you for this recipe and bringing something exciting and new to our senses :)

  9. Stephanie says:

    I love this recipe! I’ve made it a few times now, I’ve added potatoes in it and that was really yummy! It just added more to the dish and made it extra hearty. I also serve it over cous cous when I make it. So so good!

  10. Mackenzie says:

    I was wondering if lamb would be good in this recipe. I know it isn’t very budget friendly, but my boyfriend is from India, so we don’t eat beef in our house. Sometimes I crave something meaty and this sounds perfect for us.

  11. Sarah Ferguson says:

    Ok, since you’re like a gourmet chef here, I gotta share this with you. Fermented Lemons! From what I understand, Moroccans eat this with this type of stew & let me tell you, they’re delicious & very easy to make! & they give a good healing probiotic punch!
    Nourished kitchen’s simple recipe:

    • Oooh, thanks! I bet I’d love those! I love anything lemon and tend to like fermented things, too. I can’t wait to try it!

  12. Anonymous says:

    I must agree with that last post. this is a really good blog….yummy I might say.

  13. Anonymous says:

    You blog is wonderful. I have to say, I’m a bit tired of blogs in general and people prattling on about themselves on the web (!) but everything about yours is well thought out, intelligent and endlessly delicious. Congrats to you. And when does the cookbook come out?

  14. For those making this the crockpot, how long do you cook it, and do you brown the beef first?

  15. In morocco this is considered a tagine and would be eaten only with khoobz (bread) no couscous or rice :).

  16. Anonymous says:

    yum! making this right now, it smells so good. Thanks for the recipe :)

  17. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for posting this recipe. I made it tonight and it was delicious! I normally can’t cook to save my life but your recipes seem to be really easy! I also made the glazed pork chops. They turned to be amazing too! – Kate

  18. This was AMAZING. I loved the way the raisins kind of popped with the juice…

  19. Anonymous says:

    I have made this recipe a couple of times, and it is amazing. The apricots, melt down and give this dish a great flavor. I love your site. Thanks, for the recipe posting.

  20. I’ve never had kabocha but chickpeas would be awesome in this. Since they’re already cooked, I would add them near the end and just let them heat through.

  21. I am thinking about making this in the slow cooker tomorrow for dinner. How do you think it would be if I added peeled and cubed kabocha squash? When should I add it? Also, what if I added 1 cup cooked chickpeas? Would that be too much?

  22. Beth your recipes are magical. My friend directed me to this blog recently and I’ve been hooked! I have a delicious recipe for Moroccan chicken that is a favorite among people that know me so when I saw this I was super excited to try it.

  23. THANKS Leslie! I think I fixed it :D Please let me know if you have any other issue with it!

  24. Hey, I tried to share this with your buttons there on facebook, but it is saying that it doesn’t exist. Just wanted you to know.

  25. The next time you do this recipe try it in a crock pot. And you’ll see the difference, and will never want to use another appliance, after that because the meat is just so tender.

  26. Helena says:

    Oooh, sounds amazing. I can’t wait to try it!

  27. how awesome is that!? I’m excited!

  28. Plus Frozen Wine = Wine Slushy. Sounds good to me!

  29. Leslie – Yes, the original recipe actually called for prunes but I had raisins in zee house :) heheh

  30. Do you think substituting prunes for the raisins would work well? It’s what we currently have in zee house.

  31. mmm i made a moroccan chicken dish the other day that had apricots and raisins in, id never baked a savoury dish with them before but they were so lovely in the final meal. Definitely loving the sound of this recipe :)

  32. Wow that sounds amazing. I love a good beef stew with red wine cooked in.

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