Spicy and oh so flavourful! This Middle Eastern-Style Beef Chili is a delicious twist on the classic chili con carne. Ready in 35 minutes, it is the perfect hearty treat to serve a crowd.
Middle Eastern-Style Beef Chili
When it is freezing, like in Vienna right now, I like to opt for soups and stews to warm my bones and cosy up. The right time to jump into the kitchen and cook up a big pot of stew to satisfy my savoury cravings while still being balanced.
A few years ago, I started experimenting with Middle Eastern spices to change it up in the kitchen. Every time, I’m stunned how spices like harissa, cardamom and ras el hanout can elevate the simplest dishes and create a journey to different places in your mouth. I especially love the spice mix ras el hanout, originating from Maghreb. Its combination of spicy and fruity flavours go so well with meat. Born was this Middle Eastern-Style beef chili. Made with minced beef, chickpeas, peppers and lots of ras el hanout, it is a welcome and delicious twist to the traditional dish. The best part? I kept it simple for this recipe, so you only need 10 ingredients from which you at least have half of them at home already.
Serve in tortilla wraps, with naan or bread and top with some fresh parsley and crunchy pomegranate seeds for extra flavour.
Tips for making this recipe
- Use lean beef in this recipe to keep this dish balanced.
- Roast the beef first until crumbly and browned. Then add the other ingredients and roast again to get the most flavourful result when adding the liquids.
- This hearty dish is perfect for meal prep. Make a big batch on the weekend and eat during the week for lunch and dinner. Store in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.
More hearty soups and stews
Middle Eastern Style Beef Chili
- 500 g ground lean beef (1 lb)
- 1 onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 250 g chickpeas (1 cup) can, pre-cooked
- 2 red bell peppers
- 400 g canned tomatoes (14 oz)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp ras el hanout
- ¼ tsp dried chili flakes or 1 fresh chili
- salt to taste
- Roughly chop bell peppers. Peel and finely chop onion and garlic.
- Heat olive oil on high heat in a pot. Add minced beef and roast for about 5 minutes until crumbly and browned.
- Add onion, bell peppers, chickpeas and garlic, reduce heat to medium and roast for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with ras el hanout, chili and salt.
- Add canned tomatoes and 200ml (1 cup) water. Let cook on medium heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Top with parsley and pomegranate seeds if you like and serve.
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