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Exotic Moroccan Beef Stew

Sometimes you just want to try something different. Something exotic. Something you have never had before. When this kind of mood strikes, why not try a Moroccan beef stew recipe? This stew is really easy to make, but you end up with an exotic meal that will please everyone. There are very few steps to this recipe. The longest part is the simmering, and it mostly takes care of itself. You may need to stir it occasionally. Aside from that, all you really need to do is add ingredients and let them cook.

Spices like cumin, bay leaf, thyme, and ground red pepper complement the olives, raisins, apricots, and dried plums in a wonderful way. The sweetness of the fruit really makes the beef taste wonderful. If you have never tried Moroccan food before, this will inspire you to try more.

Serve the stew on its own or with rice or couscous. This is a healthy meal that you can be proud to serve. Full of flavor and nutrition, this stew will have everyone asking for seconds. You can make it with either beef or lamb, so use what you have on hand. Both meats are hearty enough to stand up to the spices and fruit.

Moroccan Beef Stew

Moroccan Beef StewSummary: Beef is combined with onion, garlic, red wine, a variety of aromatic fruits, and tasty spices, to make this fragrant meal. The Moroccan influence in this dish is unmistakable.


  • 1 pound boneless sirloin steak
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 1-⅓ cups onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup dried plums, halved
  • ¼ cup dried apricots, cut into strips
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 6 green olives, sliced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1-½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper


  1. Trim the fat off of the steak. Cut the beef into 1 inch cubes. Set aside.
  2. Spray a Dutch oven with the vegetable oil spray and place the pot on the stove over medium heat until hot. Add the steak to the pan, browning it on all sides. Drain the meat well and set aside. Wipe out all the drippings from the pan.
  3. Spray the pan again with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and sauté them for 1 minute. Return the meat to the pan. Add the wine, water, fruit, olives, and spices.
  4. Bring the contents to a boil. Cover the pan and reduce the heat. Let the stew simmer 1-½ hours or until the steak is tender. Discard the bay leaf before serving.

Preparation time: 20 minute(s)

Cooking time: 1 hours(s) 45 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

Culinary tradition: Moroccan

Photo Description:

Our Moroccan Beef Stew is absolutely delicious. This is a great meal when you want something a little different. The sweetness of the fruit and the unusual spices mean you are in for a real treat. We have garnished ours with some slivered almonds and a bit of fresh mint. Feel free to do the same or come up with your own garnish. You do not need a fancy tagine to cook this in; any Dutch oven or kettle will do just fine. Surprise your friends and family with this exotic dish from Morocco. You could also make it with lamb if you wish.


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