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Moroccan Beef with Harissa and Fruit

Moroccan Beef with Harissa and Fruit. The taste is incredible, savory, sweet, spicy, tangy and you can't just stop eating.

Moroccan Beef with Harissa and Fruit


I think you going to like this recipe…

The most rewarding recipes are the ones that combine new ingredients and create a taste that did not expect. I am always trying to do this and this week I have been experimenting with Harissa Sauce in Moroccan cuisines. I choose Harissa because I was looking for something that I could combine with the sweet taste of fruit that would add something unique. This combination really exceeded my expectation on all counts. My husband said its one of the best dishes I ever made! I only had 5 minutes to take the picture as he was standing with the spoon behind me, waiting for me to finish so he can eat. The taste is incredible, savory, sweet, spicy, tangy and you can’t just stop eating. Hope you try this recipe and like it as much as we did!

Moroccan Beef with Harissa and Fruit. The taste is incredible, savory, sweet, spicy, tangy and you can't just stop eating.

Moroccan Beef with Harissa and Fruit


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Moroccan Beef with Harissa and Fruit

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 2 hr
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 1/2 -3 lb beef stew meat like beef chuck, fat trimmed and cut into 2-inch chunks for stewing
    salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-4 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil; divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed from skins
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup Harissa sauce (click to see that one i used)
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup pitted prunes
  • Small piece cinnamon stick
  • 1 can 15 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water or more if needed
  • Handful fresh parsley or cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, chopped (optional)
  • Serving suggestions: rice and salad


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Pat the meat dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a large Dutch oven with the oil over medium-high heat. Brown the meat in batches and remove to a plate. Add more oil, as necessary.
  4. Add the garlic, carrots, onions, cumin, paprika, coriander, turmeric, and some salt and pepper.
  5. Add harissa sauce along with the cinnamon stick, water, tomatoes, apricots and prunes.
  6. Return beef to the Dutch oven. Stir, cover tightly with a layer of aluminum foil and lid, and cook in the oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until very tender.
  7. Remove the cinnamon stick. Stir in fresh herbs like parsley and cilantro and fresh mint if desired.
  8. Adjust seasoning if needed.
  9. Serve with rice and salad.

This dish may also be cooked on the stove over low heat for 2 hours, or until meat is tender.

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  • Reply
    June 7, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Love Harissa!

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    Tasty Eats Ronit Penso
    June 7, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Mouthwatering! 🙂

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    June 7, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    I’m a huge fan of Harissa, looks really good. 🙂

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    chef mimi
    June 8, 2015 at 8:59 am

    WOW! This sounds absolutely wonderful! Fabulous flavors.

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    Dana Fashina
    June 8, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Oh my God I think I LOVE this recipe!
    And it photographs so well!!

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    June 8, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Great recipe, I’ve recently acquired a Moroccan tagine; I wonder if I’d be able to cook this recipe in the vessel. Will definitely be bookmarking this. Thank you.

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      June 10, 2015 at 8:58 am

      Thanks Loretta! I don’t have tagine but I think you should be able to use it. Is it oven proof?

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    June 8, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Lovely! Love the complexity of flavors here and I’m absolutely crazy about harissa. I’m going to hold on to this recipe. I feel a stew coming on….

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      June 10, 2015 at 9:11 am

      Thanks! We really like this dish:) my husband asked to make it again this weekend!

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    June 9, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Wow this looks awesome!

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    Fae's Twist & Tango
    June 10, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Beautiful dish, beautiful photography! It looks so real that I can almost smell the fragrance of the dish.

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    Shamit Khemka
    June 11, 2015 at 2:49 am

    Excellent dish, wonderful photography! It looks so genuine that I can very nearly notice the aroma of the dish.

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    June 11, 2015 at 3:23 am

    Beautiful looking dish!!!💛

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    June 15, 2015 at 7:10 am

    Hi ! Such a great photo of a wonderfully presented dish. This one really made me hungry so thanks for sharing.

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      June 15, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      Thanks Oli! I am so happy to hear that you liked this post! Thanks for stopping by:) Olga

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    November 17, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    Oh my! I should try this very soon. 😀 Deeelicious!!

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