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Lamb and White Bean Chili

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6-1/4 hours


4 servings

I created a fresh take on chili using lamb and Moroccan seasoning with a feta and almond garnish. It was so exciting and tasty to my husband and son, I made a second batch almost right away. If you like a spicier chili, add harissa paste or use medium salsa instead of mild. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois
Lamb and White Bean Chili Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped red onion
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, undrained
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) mild chunky salsa
  • 3 tablespoons Moroccan seasoning (ras el hanout), divided
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons finely chopped lemon zest, divided
  • 3 tablespoons orange marmalade
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • Optional: Additional chopped red onion and toasted naan flatbread or pita bread


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook lamb and onion over medium-high heat 6-8 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Transfer lamb mixture to a 3- or 4-qt. slow cooker. Add beans.
  2. In a small bowl, combine salsa, 1-1/2 tablespoons Moroccan seasoning and 3 teaspoons lemon zest. Pour over beans and lamb; stir until well combined. Cook, covered, on low for 6 hours or until onions are tender.
  3. In a small bowl, combine marmalade with remaining Moroccan seasoning and lemon zest; stir into slow cooker. Cook, covered, 15 minutes longer. Sprinkle each serving with parsley, cheese and almonds. If desired, serve with additional red onion and naan or pita bread.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Replace part of the lamb with additional beans or chickpeas for a lower-cost meal.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 cup: 438 calories, 18g fat (8g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 840mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 7g fiber), 28g protein.

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