Easy Moroccan Ground Lamb Stew on a bed of couscous on a gold plate with a lemon on the side.

Easy Moroccan Ground Lamb Stew

December 9, 2019

Easy Moroccan Ground Lamb Stew is a delicious less than 30-minute meal with irresistible warming spices, chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and apricots for a quick one pot weekday meal.

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Delicious Moroccan Ground Lamb Stew on a bed of couscous on a gold plate and wooden block.

All Day slow cooked taste in under 30 minutes

This quick and easy recipe has all the depth of flavors that you get from an all-day slow cooked tagine meal in just under 30 minutes.  Do you have all day to slave over a hot stove?  Currently, we are so busy that our less than 30-minute meals are a required survival tool. How about you? Do you like less than 30 minute meals?

Black deep frying pan with all of the ingredients getting stirred with a wooden spoon.

Why you are going to love our Easy Moroccan Ground Lamb Stew

The aroma of this Easy Moroccan Ground Lamb Stew will capture your senses. One bite of the spiced easy Moroccan ground lamb stew and you will know that this is a must go for seconds type of meals. You have the warming spices of turmeric, cinnamon, ginger and all spice to make your taste buds sing. The ground lamb is super tender with the little pop of earthy chickpeas give you that extra burst of protein. With the slight sweetness from the dried apricots and the fresh lemon zest, this is one balanced cozy meal perfect for the cooler weather.

A delicious bite of moroccan stew with a little couscous on a fork.

Dinner is ready in under 30 minutes!

Your house is going to smell amazing! From the delicious aromatics, spices, lamb, herbs and citrus you are going to have your family asking every minute, “When is dinner ready?” Really, in less than 30 minutes you can have this delicious Easy Moroccan Ground Lamb Stew, over a bed of couscous and a side salad on your dinner table. If you want to keep this recipe gluten-free, serve it with a side of cauliflower rice or basmati rice, instead of couscous.

Spice it Up!

Don’t be stingy with the spices! You are not going to sprinkle spices, but you are going to explore the world of spices with bold flavors. Go big or Go home! We know this seems like a long list of spices.  However, once you have them in your stocked pantry, we have loads of delicious recipes for you to try. Warming spices are good for individuals that have a cold predisposition. Do you always have cold hands and feet? In Traditional Chinese Medicine, when a person has a cold disposition they may benefit from warming and nourishing foods. Introducing the Five Energies of Foods is a great introduction to this concept.

Cinnamon

Cumin

Turmeric

All spice

Paprika

Cayenne

Coriander

Step by step showing ingredients added to the pot to make recipe.

Substitutions for Easy Moroccan Ground Lamb Stew

While lamb seems to be the best option for this hearty stew, you may substitute with ground beef, ground turkey, ground chicken or even tofu to name a few. However, it will change the flavor profile.

We added dried chopped apricots as this is a very traditional ingredient in Moroccan cuisine. Dried apricots impart this delicious natural sweetness to the entire dish. If you do not have dried apricots, you can exchange with a small handful of dried, pitted dates or even raisins.

Tomato sauce is a great option instead of fresh tomatoes when they are not in season. However, you can also use canned tomatoes or even fresh tomatoes if you wish. The only thing you will need to do is adjust the amount of chicken broth to get it to your desired stew consistency. Tomato sauce is thick vs canned or fresh tomatoes.

Check out the photo above for step by step directions on how to make Easy Moroccan Ground Lamb Stew.

Lemon zest vs preserved lemons

We chose to use fresh lemon zest only because there was a sale on lemons 10 for $1.00 at our local market. However, preserved lemons are also very delicious and if you have this ingredient, then this would be a lovely addition to your Easy Moroccan Ground Lamb Stew. Do you prefer to use fresh lemon zest or preserved lemons in this recipe?

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Easy Moroccan Ground Lamb Stew on a bed of couscous on a gold plate with a lemon on the side.

Easy Moroccan Ground Lamb Stew

By HWC Magazine  , , , , ,   

December 9, 2019

Easy Moroccan Ground Lamb Stew is a delicious less than 30-minute meal with irresistible warming spices, chickpeas (garbanzo beans) and apricots for a quick one pot weekday meal.

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yields: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion chopped

3 cloves garlic minced

1 tablespoon of dried ground cumin

1 teaspoon of dried ground paprika

2 teaspoons of dried ground turmeric

1 teaspoon of dried ground allspice

¼ teaspoon of dried ground cayenne pepper (optional)

½ teaspoon coriander

1-pound (453 grams) ground lamb

Salt and pepper to taste

1 cup tomato sauce

1 cup chicken broth

1 cup chopped dried apricots

15 oz (439 grams) garbanzo beans (chickpeas)

3 whole cinnamon sticks or 1 teaspoon dried ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon lemon zest

Handful of chopped cilantro (optional) garnish

3 cups cooked couscous (optional)

Directions

1In a large deep-frying pan or Dutch oven, add olive oil chopped onion, minced garlic, cumin, paprika, turmeric, allspice, cayenne pepper, coriander and sauté until translucent and aromatic about 1-2 minutes.

2Add ground lamb and salt and pepper to taste. Cook over medium heat until the lamb browns. Drain any extra oil as desired.

3Add tomato sauce, chicken broth, dried apricots, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), cinnamon sticks and cook for about 20 minutes or until the flavors have had a change to mingle. Remove the cinnamon sticks.

4Remove from heat. Add lemon zest and chopped cilantro and serve over a bed of cooked couscous. Enjoy!

5Best if enjoyed within 3 days and if longer place in a freezer safe container and can be stored for up to 2 months. Easy Moroccan Ground Lamb Stew is even better the next days as the flavors have a chance to mingle.

Chef’s Notes:

1You can exchange the lamb for ground beef, turkey or chicken or even tofu, but the flavor profile will change. If you don’t have dried apricots, you can exchange with a few dried pitted dates. However, you need only a few dates as they are much sweeter than dried apricots. You can also try raisins if desired.

2We enjoy just a little heat, so we added a little cayenne pepper. However, you can skip this if you do not like the heat or add more if you like it spicier.

3As your Easy Moroccan Ground Lamb Stew cooks, it thickens. You may need to add a little more chicken broth or water to thin out a little during the cooking process.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 serving
Calories306
Sodium626 mg
Potassium770 mg
Protein30.6 grams
Cholesterol82 mg
Sugar6.1 grams
Total Fat11.1 grams
Total Carbohydrates21.5 grams
Dietary Fiber4.6 grams

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