Beef Stew with Lima beans is a very popular Lebanese dish. This Lebanese beef stew with green Lima bean is a great one pot meal that is full of flavor.

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 is a very popular Lebanese dish. This Lebanese beef stew with green Lima bean 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. I use frozen baby Lima beans in this recipe because they cook quickly and taste great when simmered with a light tomato sauce. 

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.
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Middle Eastern spices and salt
If you are looking for Lebanese stew recipes, you will love this lima bean stew Lebanese style!

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.

Enjoy!

Similar Lebanese Dishes:

Lebanese Okra Stew

Beef Stew with peas and carrots ( Bazella W Riz)

Lebanese Beef and Green Bean Stew

Bulgur Zucchini Pilaf

Lebanese Chicken and Rice

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Lima Bean Stew Recipe

Yield: 3-4

Beef Stew with Lima Beans

Beef Stew with Lima beans is a very popular Lebanese dish. This Lebanese beef stew with green Lima bean 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. I use frozen baby Lima beans in this recipe because they cook quickly and taste great when simmered with a light tomato sauce. 
Beef Stew with Lima Beans is a very popular Lebanese dish. This Lebanese beef stew with green Lima bean 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.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb sirloin steak- cut into bite size cubes.
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable/olive oil
  • 1 lb frozen Lima beans bag
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste or 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 large ripe tomato- diced
  • 1 medium onion - diced
  • 4 garlic cloves - diced or cut into thin pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon all spice

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized pot, over medium heat, heat the oil, then add the onions, garlic and salt; cook until the onions are wilted but not browned- for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the beef, ground black pepper and ground cinnamon. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently to ensure all sides of beef and are cooked.
  3. Add water, bring mixture to boil then reduce heat to medium low.
  4. Add frozen Lima beans, cover the pot and simmer for 15 mins.
  5. Add diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Turn heat up to medium high and bring mixture to a boil.
  6. Lower heat to medium low and simmer for additional 10-15 minutes.
  7. Serve hot over rice and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 337Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 194mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 10gSugar: 7gProtein: 26g

Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.

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