Beef Stew with Lima Beans
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Beef Stew with Lima Beans is a very popular Lebanese dish. This Lebanese Lima bean stew is a great one pot meal that is full of flavor. It is made with simple ingredients and requires minimal prep which make it perfect for a family weeknight meal.
Beef Stew with Lima Beans
Stew is always a great family comfort meal, but this Lebanese Beef Stew with Lima Beans really is the ultimate!
Lima beans, known as Fasolia Khadra in Arabic; are among my favorite beans to cook because of the little time they take to cook! No presoaking needed, these frozen lima beans are cooked to perfection in less than 25 minutes, and taste great when simmered with a light tomato sauce. The stew is hearty and comforting and best served with Lebanese rice.
What is Yakhneh?
Lebanese cuisine includes many variations of stews served with rice. These dishes are served so commonly, there is a dedicated word in Arabic – “Yakhneh”. Here are some other popular Lebanese stews; Okra stew, Lebanese Spinach Stew another, Lebanese Kafta Stew, Green Bean Stew and Peas and Carrots Stew . All these delicious stews combine legumes with meat, this time green lima beans with beef.
What Kind of Meat is Used for Lebanese Lima Beans Stew?
You’ll want a type of beef that is tender and will cook quickly. I use sirloin beef tips in this recipe. Beef tips are typically tender pieces of meat cut from larger roasts such as sirloin tenderloin. I sometimes buy a sirloin steak and cut it into bite size pieces, if I can’t find it pre cut. You’ll want to avoid tougher cuts of meat such as chuck or beef stew cubes, although you can still use it especially if you own a pressure cooker. Just keep in mind that it will take longer to cook.
What you Need to Make Beef Stew with Lima Beans:
(Full recipe with exact measurements at the end of this post)
- Sirloin steaks tips: cut into 1.5-2 inch pieces.
- Lima beans: Frozen are your go to here, and they make the dish exceedingly easy!
- Tomato paste: The thick tomato flavor is what makes this stew. Add as much as you like!
- Fresh tomato: You can substitute for a can of diced tomato.
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Middle Eastern spices and salt
What to serve with this Lebanese Yakhneh:
Beef stew with lima beans is very commonly served with vermicelli rice. I love it with it! You can find an easy recipe here. You can also serve this with plain rice, pita bread, or even have it carb free in a bowl.
How to store leftover Beef Stew with Lima Beans:
Leftovers last for 3-4 days tightly covered in the fridge. This is one of those recipes that gets better on day 2 and 3.
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