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Moroccan Harissa Spiked Chili for #SundaySupper Moroccan Harissa Spiked Chili for #SundaySupper

When the temperatures begin to dip the first thing people reach for are soups and stews. But, by this time of winter the novelty of those hearty, warming foods has worn off. Where is spring, already?!? Here in Morocco, winter is nothing like the upper Midwest. Our day time temperatures rarely go below 60F, and generally are in the 70’s and sunny. But nighttime temperatures drop fast to the 40’s and 50’s. Without indoor heat, it is very cold! I love making stews and welcome any chance to try something new.

This week for #SundaySupper we’re having a virtual chili cook-off! I’ve never entered a cooking competition but with the prize of a chance to attend the Food and Wine Conference in Florida this summer it’s worth it! You can see all of the chili entries at the bottom of this post, and then please head over to the Sunday Supper website and cast a vote for your favorite (*fingers crossed* it’s mine!) You can vote through the end of the day on Thursday, 2/27.

I started thinking about how I’d make a different kind of chili. I mean, what really makes a chili, chili? Some digging online told me that it needs to have chili peppers. We have a few different kinds of chilis in Morocco but the most famous is the chili paste- harissa. To me chili also has to have a tomato paste and beans. I combined all the flavors that mean chili to me and created this —

Morocca Harissa Spiked Chili #SundaySupper

Moroccan Harissa Spiked Chili for #SundaySupper


  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 1 Tbsp crushed garlic
  • 2 large, fresh tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 2 Tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp harissa
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup red beans
  • 1/4 cup lentils
  • 1/4 cup vermicelli noodles
  • 1 egg


  • If you are using dry beans and lentils, rinse and clean the night beforehand. Soak in water overnight to prepare for chili.
  • Begin the soup by browning 1/2 lb ground beef in the bottom of a stock pot. While the meat is cooking, thinly slice 1 onion.
  • When the meat has been cooked remove it and set aside, but leave any fat left in the pot. Add the sliced onions and cook until softened and browned. Drain any liquid left.
  • Add the meat back to the pot, along with the 5 cups of beef broth.
  • Grate the two tomatoes (or leave in chunks if you prefer chunkier chili) and add to the soup. Mix in the tomato paste, harissa, garlic, cumin, salt, and paprika.
  • Allow soup to gently simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add lentils and red beans and cook until soft (appx 20 minutes).
  • Lastly add the vermicelli noodles, cook another 5-7 minutes until al dente.
  • Crack the egg in a bowl, whisk, and using a cup slowly stream some of the liquid from the soup into the egg to gradually heat up the egg, without cooking it. Continue doing this until you can feel the egg liquid is warmed. Then slowly stream the liquid in the bowl, back into the pot. This is the Moroccan way of thickening traditional harira soup. It's a great way to thicken and add some extra protein.
  • Serve with harissa on the side or on top to increase the heat.

Harissa Spiked Chili for #SundaySupper

**If you’ve never tried harissa, or don’t have access to buy any you can make your own at home! It might become your new favorite hot sauce!**

What is everyone else making? Take a look!

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Best Wines To Pair with Chili #SundaySupper from ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
Chili Cook-Off Voting at the Sunday Supper Movement Online Community Magazine

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Amanda Mouttaki

Curious world traveling, mom of two busy boys, foodie at heart, addicted to social media and lover of all things Moroccan.

  • Julie

    February 26, 2014 #2 Author

    What a creative spice combo for chili! Great idea!


  • Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen

    February 25, 2014 #3 Author

    I have never tried harissa but I am thinking this dish might be the one to give it a try with!


  • Martin D Redmond

    February 24, 2014 #4 Author

    Mmm…I would love to try this Amanda! I bet that harissa is a great twist on chili! Thanks for sharing!


  • Jane’s Adventures in Dinner

    February 24, 2014 #5 Author

    Seriously addicted to harissa-I have to actively stop myself from putting a wee bit into everything. Gorgeous dish.


  • Jenn @ The Spice Kit Recipes

    February 24, 2014 #6 Author

    Love this! Very creative! Pinned!


  • Julie @ Texan New Yorker

    February 24, 2014 #7 Author

    I love your Moroccan spin on chili! And harissa is always welcome in my house. :)


  • Laura

    February 24, 2014 #8 Author

    I love, love, love Harissa paste. Can’t wait to give this recipe a try.


  • Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere

    February 24, 2014 #9 Author

    Wonderful twist, and I love that you used lentils for the beans!


  • Soni

    February 24, 2014 #10 Author

    I love Moroccan food and the Nadirs in your chili is calling my name :) Love the twist you’ve given and would love to try it in my kitchen !!


    • Soni

      February 24, 2014 #11 Author

      Damn autocorrect..I meant Harissa!


  • Roz

    February 24, 2014 #13 Author

    Your Moraccan chili gets the award for the most innovative! I haven’t had Moraccan cuisine in years . . . love the spices!


  • Betsy @ Desserts Required

    February 24, 2014 #14 Author

    It is wonderful how you combined the chili challenge with your love and passion for Moroccan foods! Looks delicious!


  • Leslie @ La Cocina de Leslie

    February 24, 2014 #15 Author

    Amanda, this chili looks so good! Is harissa very spicy?


  • Natalie Tanner

    February 24, 2014 #16 Author

    This looks delicious! Thanks for posting. I love lentil soup, too, and hope you post a recipe for that sometime!


  • Melanie

    February 24, 2014 #18 Author

    What a great creative twist on a traditional dish!


  • Katie

    February 23, 2014 #19 Author

    The flavors of this chili sound so unique, and your photos look absolutely delectable!


    • Amanda Mouttaki

      February 24, 2014 #20 Author

      Thanks so much! I liked how it was easy to make it more hot or less depending on the person. I’m not much for spicy food but my husband is – add a dallop more of hot sauce to his and he’s happy!


  • Manu

    February 23, 2014 #21 Author

    Great Moroccan twist! Harissa is fantastic and I can almost taste this delicious chili! Great job!


    • Amanda Mouttaki

      February 24, 2014 #22 Author

      Thanks! I’m acquiring quite the taste for harissa lately.


  • Hezzi-D

    February 23, 2014 #24 Author

    SUch a different chili with unique flavors! It sounds wonderful!


  • Bea

    February 23, 2014 #26 Author

    What a great creative chili. Fantastic!


  • Shaina

    February 23, 2014 #27 Author

    I really enjoy these kinds of spices and think it’d make an excellent chili, so glad someone thought to try it out!


    • Amanda Mouttaki

      February 24, 2014 #28 Author

      If you ever try it – let me know what you thought!


  • Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

    February 23, 2014 #29 Author

    Your creative take on chili looks delicious!


  • Susan

    February 23, 2014 #31 Author

    I love how creative this is and it proves that chili really can be customized to your region.


  • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers

    February 23, 2014 #32 Author

    I love the noodles you added to the chili! What a warm comforting dish!!


  • Family Foodie

    February 23, 2014 #35 Author

    Can I just say that this recipe looks fabulous! This is a chili that I must try.


  • Alice // Hip Foodie Mom

    February 23, 2014 #43 Author

    love the harissa!!


  • Becca from It’s Yummi!

    February 23, 2014 #46 Author

    This sounds amazing, Amanda! I’ve never tried Harissa… I’ll have to add it to my culinary bucket list to try soon! :)
    By the way, I saw you mention in another comment that you’re from Wisconsin. I live in Appleton…GO PACK GO!


    • Amanda Mouttaki

      February 24, 2014 #47 Author

      Small world!!! I grew up 100 miles north of Green Bay and we moved to Morocco from Eau Claire. I’m a WI girl at heart ;) Go Green!


  • Renee – Kudos Kitchen

    February 23, 2014 #56 Author

    Beans and noodles? I’ve not seen this before but I really like it!


    • Amanda Mouttaki

      February 23, 2014 #57 Author

      Really? Where I grew up in northern WI a chili was made up of; tomatoes, kidney beans, ground beef, and elbow macaroni with cheese and raw onions on top. I tried to combine the two ;)


  • Tara

    February 23, 2014 #60 Author

    I love how different this is and I still haven’t tried harissa either and do so want to. Lovely meal!!


    • Amanda Mouttaki

      February 23, 2014 #61 Author

      You have to try harissa! There’s even a guest post on my blog that fellow SundaySupper-er Amy of Kimchi Mom did to make your own harissa at home.


  • Liz

    February 23, 2014 #63 Author

    GORGEOUS! I am loving the international twist of your chili! Please save me a bowl :)


  • Renee

    February 23, 2014 #65 Author

    I still have tried harissa yet and really want to. And I think making this chili is a good place to start.


    • Amanda Mouttaki

      February 23, 2014 #66 Author

      Make some – it will be your new favorite hot sauce!


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