North African Beef and Brown Rice


This one-dish stew is deliciously different. It is very healthy, also. My husband asked for seconds! Serve in soup bowls.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
2 servings


  • ½ pound beef round steak, diced

  • ½ small onion, finely diced

  • 1 tablespoon tomato-chicken bouillon granules (such as Knorr®)

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 tablespoon beef stock concentrate

  • pound carrots, cut into 1/2-inch dice

  • ¾ pound sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch dice

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • ¾ cup finely shredded cabbage

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • 5 black cardamom seeds

  • 1 cup brown rice


  1. Cook and stir steak, onion, and tomato-chicken bouillon together in a large pot over medium heat until steak is browned, 5 to 10 minutes. Add garlic, 1 cup water, beef stock concentrate, carrots, and sweet potatoes to the steak mixture; cook and stir until carrots and sweet potatoes are softened, about 20 minutes.

  2. Mix 1 1/2 cups water, cabbage, cinnamon sticks, paprika, cumin, black pepper, coriander, and cardamom seeds into the steak-sweet potato mixture; bring to a boil. Add brown rice and reduce heat to low. Cover pot and simmer until rice has absorbed the liquid, about 45 minutes. Fluff rice and remove cinnamon sticks before serving.

Cook's Notes:

This has loads of flavor without being spicy. I use More Than Gourmet(R) beef concentrate, which does not have salt. The Knorr(R) tomato-chicken bouillon is very salty and that is why the recipe had no additional salt added. If you do not have regular cabbage, you may substitute (coarsely chopped) bok choy, kale, or spinach. Serve with rolls or crusty bread.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

649 Calories
10g Fat
109g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 649
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 1818mg 79%
Total Carbohydrate 109g 40%
Dietary Fiber 16g 55%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 22mg 112%
Calcium 179mg 14%
Iron 7mg 36%
Potassium 1483mg 32%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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