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Moroccan Apple Beef Stew

I love the mix of sweet and savory flavors in this stew. It's the perfect blend of adventurous and comforting, and makes a fun dish to share with guests. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 2 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2-1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 1 cup pitted dried plums (prunes), coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 medium Fuji or Gala apples, peeled and cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
  • Hot cooked rice or couscous, optional


  • Mix salt, cinnamon, pepper and allspice; sprinkle over beef and toss to coat. In a Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat.
  • Brown beef in batches, adding more oil as necessary. Remove beef with a slotted spoon.
  • Add onion to same pan; cook and stir until tender, 6-8 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in tomato sauce, broth, dried plums and honey. Return beef to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 1-1/2 hours.
  • Add apples; cook, covered, until beef and apples are tender, 30-45 minutes longer. Skim fat. If desired, serve stew with rice or couscous.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled stew in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 339 calories, 13g fat (4g saturated fat), 88mg cholesterol, 905mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 2g fiber), 29g protein.

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  • Sabine
    Jan 2, 2021

    This simple stew is excellent. The prunes really make the sauce.

  • drejka
    Jan 15, 2020

    I made this exactly the way it was written, and it was fantastic! At first I thought maybe next time I'd add extra prunes, because they seemed to disappear, but the prune flavor survived with this amount. I don't normally like too much sweetness in a main dish - this was just right. Oh, and the aroma while it was simmering was heavenly!

  • Rahnee64
    Nov 23, 2018

    Is there anything you can substitute for the prunes???? Can't stand them.

  • Michael
    Mar 28, 2018

    This was absolutely amazing. Flavors were out of bounds, and the apples and prunes really give this dish a great flavor. Not difficult to make either.

  • lauraborg1
    Sep 30, 2017

    My husband is one of the pickiest eaters I know, so when I ran across this recipe, I was doubtful. He rates it as one of his top 5 favorite meals of all time. The spices are relatively simple, but pack a great punch!

  • grannycookie
    Apr 30, 2015

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  • smstillinger
    Aug 26, 2014

    This was really good. It smelled amazing while it was cooking. Both my kids (even the picky one) asked for seconds! The prunes (dried plums) completely disintegrated into the sauce, so there were no issues with "What is this black thing?"

  • kyle1987
    Jul 12, 2014

    This was quite tasty. However, I picked up dried figs instead of plum. They worked fine. The spices smelled so good when the beef was cooking.