Spicy Moroccan Lamb Stew

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Moroccan lamb stew is a fragrant, fruity, and sweet stew from Northern Africa. It can be enjoyed with lamb, beef, or even goat meat with a little more cooking time. And there are a lot of flavors here. With the addition of fruits and nuts, this main meal is almost as tasty as a dessert.  And the cacophony of aromatic spices (including cumin, cinnamon, and chipotle powder in this version to add some smokiness) makes this a total comfort-food winner.

Spicy Moroccan Lamb Stew
Spicy Moroccan lamb stew over rice, plated and ready to serve

Yes, we use chipotle powder. And no, Mexican chipotle powder isn’t authentic to Moroccan cuisine. But its earthy, smoky flavor is just a pure win here. Plus, it’s much more likely to be hanging around the spice cabinet than harissa powder or hot paprika. Of course, you could make your own harissa seasoning and use a touch here as well. Just note the additional spices you’re adding from the blend and use the seasoning a bit at a time to measure to flavor.

Moroccan lamb stew is perfect as a dipper for freshly cooked flatbreads or served with steaming hot rice. While this is a perfect winter meal to warm you up, don’t overlook it for any time of the year. It’s just that tasty and filling. The stew stores well in the refrigerator and can also be frozen.  Simply defrost and cook in the microwave until piping hot.

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    Spicy Moroccan Lamb Stew

    Spicy Moroccan Lamb Stew

    Hearty and flavorful – serve over rice to make it a meal
    5 from 1 vote
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
    Total Time 2 hours
    Course Main Course
    Servings 6 servings
    Calories 722 kcal



    • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Place a frying pan over medium heat and add the olive oil.
    • Add black pepper, cinnamon, chipotle powder, ground cumin, and coriander and stir until fragrant.
    • Add the garlic and chopped onion to the frying pan then stir to coat with the spices.
    • Cook the onions until translucent then add the cubed lamb.
    • Stir and cook for 5 minutes until the lamb is cooked through.
    • Transfer the lamb mixture into an oven-proof casserole dish. Add the jalapeno pepper, brown sugar, sliced dates, raisins, olives, cardamom pods, paprika, salt, chickpeas, fresh chopped tomatoes, and tinned tomatoes. Stir well to combine.
    • Cook in preheated oven for 1 hour, checking after 30 minutes to ensure it has not dried out. Add one cup of water if necessary.
    • Serve with boiled rice or flat breads and top with toasted almonds.


    Note: This recipe can also be prepared in a slow cooker by adding all of the ingredient and cooking according to the machines instructions.


    Calories: 722kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 36gFat: 47gSaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 115mgSodium: 739mgPotassium: 1027mgFiber: 10gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 839IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 129mgIron: 7mg
    Keyword Chipotle Powder, Jalapeno Pepper
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    UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on April 30, 2023 to include new content.
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