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Moroccan Chili

Moroccan Chili
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Moroccan Chili

Everyone has a recipe for Chili.  However, I guarantee, you won’t have this one.  Ground beef, ground chicken, canned tomatoes, beef broth, celery, onions, peppers, spices, and a secret ingredient.  I developed this recipe the night before I moved back to Chicago from Wisconsin.  I was basically throwing in what I had left in the refrigerator so we didn’t have to pack food.  That is how I ended up mixing ground beef and ground chicken in the first place.

So what is the secret ingredient?  The night before I made a quick cobbler with some cherry pie filling so we had a dessert.  However, I forgot we had packed the large baking pan, so I made a small one and had some cherry pie filling left in the refrigerator.  Into the chili it went and it was really good.  Plus it helped to thicken the chili.  Everyone loved the chili, so I have been adding it ever since.

Now for the spices, I had a lot of spices with not that much in them, so they all got thrown in, along with chili powder, black pepper, cumin and salt.  The whole dish had this Moroccan flavor and the cherries were a happy accident.  They went perfectly with the spices.  Since everyone loved the chili, I wrote down the spices I added.  To my surprise the combination was actually very close to an actual Moroccan Spice Blend called Ras El Hanout.  Now I make my own Moroccan spice blend that works perfectly with this chili.

This recipe is a one pot dish.  First, you brown the ground beef and ground chicken and drain the fat.  Add the remainder of the ingredients and spices.  Then mix thoroughly.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer for 60 minutes or until everything is tender.


Moroccan Chili


This is a great chili on its own, but you can change things up by using ground lamb.  Ground beef and ground pork mixed together work as well.  You can also add chickpeas or carrots.  You can definitely get creative here.

I can’t wait for you to try my Moroccan Chili recipe! Please comment below and let me know what you think.  If you made it, post your wonderful creation on Instagram and tag me. Don’t forget to subscribe and you will be emailed each time I post a new recipe.

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Moroccan Chili

March 28, 2020
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A hearty Moroccan Chili flavored with traditional Moroccan spices.


  • 1 pound ground beef (85% lean)
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 28 oz can whole tomatoes, crushed through your fingers
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 14.5 ounces beef broth
  • 1 celery stalk, finely sliced
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 cups chopped peppers
  • 10 oz cherry pie filling
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground mace
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground tumeric
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Step 1 In a large pot, brown the ground beef and ground chicken, breaking up the meat into small pieces. Drain the fat.
  • Step 2 Add the whole tomatoes that have been crushed between your fingers and the crushed tomatoes.  Add the beef broth. Mix thoroughly.
  • Step 3 Add the finely sliced celery, diced onions and peppers.
  • Step 4 Add the cherry pie filling.
  • Step 5 Add all the spices and seasonings and mix to incorporate.
  • Step 6 Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 60 minutes or until everything is tender.
  • Step 7 Serve immediately.


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