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North African Beef-and-Carrot Stew with Mint

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  • Servings: 4
North African Beef-and-Carrot Stew with Mint

Photography: Romulo Yanes

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2013


  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless sirloin steak, cut into 1 1/4-inch pieces
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 5 medium carrots, cut on the bias into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, sliced if large, for serving
  • Steamed couscous, for serving (optional)


  1. Season sirloin with salt and pepper. Heat a large, wide shallow pan over medium-high heat. Swirl in 1 tablespoon oil, add steak in a single layer, and cook, turning a few times, until browned and medium-rare, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

  2. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan and cook vegetables, stirring occasionally, until onion is golden in places, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and cook 1 minute. Add spices and cook until fragrant, 15 seconds. Add broth; bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer until carrots are crisp-tender, about 10 minutes. Return sirloin and any accumulated juices to pan; cook until warmed through, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper; sprinkle with mint. Serve over couscous.

Reviews (2)

  • millerd2 19 Jul, 2014

    Incredibly easy, incredibly good. The flavor and aromas are amazing. We've substituted rice for couscous and, on occasion, London Broil for the beef component. This is a keeper.

  • Greediguts 16 Dec, 2013

    This was very delicious and highly satisfying. It hit my comfort food craving. It is a great meal to prepare quickly. Prepping the meat and veggies took the longest amount of time and it was minimal at that. YUM!!

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