Baghdad Beef Stew


One of my most-requested recipes! Serve over egg pastina pasta. It's the same as couscous but much less expensive! If it's too thick for you, add more water when reheating.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 50 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 10 mins
4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 pound cubed beef stew meat

  • 1 (17 ounce) can figs, drained (reserve juice) and chopped

  • 1 ¾ cups water, or as needed

  • 1 cup sliced carrots

  • ¾ cup sliced onion

  • 6 green onions, chopped

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ cup honey

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 cup sliced almonds


  1. Heat oil in a heavy pot over medium heat. Cook and stir beef in hot oil until browned completely, about 5 minutes.

  2. Pour reserved liquid from figs into a 2-cup measuring cup. Add enough water so the mixture is 2 cups total; pour into pot with the beef. Stir carrots, onion, green onions, coriander, and cinnamon into the beef mixture. Reduce heat to low and cook at a simmer for 90 minutes.

  3. Stir honey, vinegar, salt, and pepper into the beef mixture; continue cooking on low for 1 hour more.

  4. Stir figs and almonds into the beef mixture. Remove from heat. Cool for 1 hour before reheating to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

685 Calories
44g Fat
50g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 685
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 44g 56%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 677mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 9g 33%
Total Sugars 37g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 10mg 49%
Calcium 174mg 13%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 951mg 20%

* 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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