Berber Chili

This traditional Moroccan “bachelor stew” made of meat chunks, onions, and a spice mix that includes chile powder (paprika) and cumin is probably similar to the stews the Canary Islanders brought to San Antonio in the late 1700s.–Robb Walsh

Berber Chili Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 3 H
  • Serves 4


  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds leg of lamb, cut into 1/2-inch dice with fat removed
  • 2 large onions, quartered
  • 1/2 cup beef broth


  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • 2. Combine the garlic, paprika, black pepper, turmeric, cumin, ginger, and salt in a bowl. Add the meat and toss until coated.
  • 3. Lay the onion quarters in the bottom of a baking dish and add the broth. Put the meat on top of the onions. Bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, until the meat is very tender.
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