Moroccan-Style Beef Short Ribs


Moroccan beef short ribs become fork-tender once braised in a slow cooker for a few hours. During the last 30 minutes of cooking time for this beef short ribs recipe, prepare a batch of couscous to soak up all of the savory sauce.

Moroccan-Style Beef Short Ribs
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
9 hrs
Total Time:
9 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 3 ½ pound beef short ribs

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 3 cup beef broth

  • 1 16 ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained

  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes

  • 1 large onion, cut into thin wedges

  • 1 medium fennel bulb, trimmed and cut into thin wedges

  • 1 cup chopped carrot (2 medium)

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 10 ounce package quick-cooking couscous


  1. In a small bowl, stir together thyme, salt, ginger, pepper, and cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over short ribs; rub in with your fingers. In a large skillet, brown short ribs, half at a time, in hot oil over medium-high heat. Drain off fat. In a 6- or 7-quart slow cooker stir together broth, beans, undrained tomatoes, onion, fennel, carrot, and garlic; top with short ribs.

  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 9 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4-1/2 to 5 hours.

  3. Using a slotted spoon, transfer short ribs and vegetables to a serving dish. If desired, spoon some of the cooking liquid over the short ribs and vegetables to moisten.

  4. Meanwhile, prepare couscous according to package directions. Serve couscous with short ribs and vegetables. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

512 Calories
11g Fat
71g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 512
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 989mg 43%
Total Carbohydrate 71g 26%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 12.4mg 62%
Calcium 80.8mg 6%
Iron 3.8mg 21%
Potassium 702mg 15%
Folate, total 32.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 2.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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