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Spicy Beef Hotpot with a North African Vibe

This beef hotpot features a delicious spicy beef stew that features almonds & dried apricots and is finished with a crispy sliced potato lid.

Portrait image if a sliced potato topped spicy beef hotpot served in a gratin bowl

Moroccan Spiced Hotpot.

Depending on where you are from the name hotpot or occasionally hot pot means different things. I’m British so to me it is a pie with a “scalloped” potato topping.

The most well-known British variant is the Lancashire hotpot, which features either lamb or mutton, I also have a chicken hotpot, a wonderful sausage hotpot and a vegan mushroom hotpot!

Whilst it does not bare the name “hotpot” a British panacalty is essentially a corned beef hotpot.

A Chinese hotpot is a group meal, it is a broth that simmers away whilst you dip in an array of raw ingredients, cooking them in the broth.

Japanese hotpots follow a similar idea although can be less communal. The most famous is Sukiyaki and it features very finely sliced beef that you cook in a broth.

This beef hotpot recipe goes trawling for new influences and flavours. It features a rich sweet and sour stew heavily influenced by North African flavours.

We have dried apricots, almonds, zaatar and sumac offering sweet and sour elements and a bit chilli to liven everything up.

Everything is then finished off with some finely sliced potatoes and cooked until jammy and the potatoes are crispy.

Portrait close up image of a sliced potato topped spicy beef hotpot with dried almonds and apricots

Frequently Asked Questions.

What cut of beef should I use?

The recipe calls for stewing beef, that kinda covers everything from chuck to shoulder.

If you want to be really particular and get the very best out of this recipe try either beef cheeks or beef shin. They add a real depth of flavour to this recipe.

Can this be made in advance?

Yes, you can make the stew well in advance, in fact, as with most stews, it will taste even better on day 2 or 3.

Do not top with the potato until you are ready to flash it through the oven for the last half an hour.

The stew will save in the fridge for 3-4 days and can be frozen for up to 3 months.

How do you cut the potatoes so thin?

I use a mandolin to slice everything from thin potatoes to cutting vegetables into a julienne for stir-frying.

Be sure to invest in something decent, they are pretty scary bits of kit and buying cheap is not wise. I personally use an OXO good grips 2.0 if that helps.

Portrait overhead image if a sliced potato topped spicy beef hotpot served in a gratin bowl

Serving Suggestions.

A classic British hotpot tends to be a one-pot dinner, much like my chicken hotpot.

This beef hotpot recipe is no different and is perfectly filling as a meal in and of itself.

But it is a very meaty meal and I serve this for two.

Although I do often add a simple salad on the side, something like a scaled-down version of this carrot salad is perfect, or just throw on some peppery rocket, arugula for my American visitors.

However, you could stretch this to a meal for four and add some sides. It is tempting to suggest some simple steamed vegetables.

But I would personally embrace the North African influence and serve this with a some bulgur wheat or buttered couscous.

If you wanted to increase the vegetable element then you could serve this with my roasted vegetable couscous.

Landscape image if a sliced potato topped spicy beef hotpot served in a gratin bowl

Equipment Used

I only mention brands of equipment if I think that they make a material difference to a recipe. But if you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comment section below the recipe.

  • Stovetop.
  • Oven.
  • 28cm or 11″ frying pan or skillet with a lid.
  • Mixing bowl.
  • Kicthen knife.
  • Chopping board.
  • Mandolin, this is optional but really does make slicing potatoes a breeze.
  • Stirring and serving spoons.
  • Weighing scales and or measuring jug, cups and spoons.
Square image of a sliced potato topped spicy beef hotpot with dried almonds and apricots
Yield: 2 Servings

Spicy Beef Hotpot Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours

This Beef Hotpot recipe features a meeting of two cuisines, a very British style pie topped with sliced potato meets a Moroccan influenced beef stew.


  • 350g (12oz) Stewing Beef
  • 2 Tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 250g (1⅔ Cup) Onion
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Red Chilli Pepper
  • 100g (½ Cup) Dried Apricots
  • 50g (⅓ Cup) Blanched Almonds
  • ½ Tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 Tsp Paprika
  • 375ml (1½ Cup) Water
  • ¼ Tsp Sumac
  • 1 Tsp Zaatar
  • 175g (6oz) Potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • ¾ Tsp Salt
  • ½ Tsp Black Pepper


  1. Cut the beef into 2cm (¾") cubes and season with half of a teaspoon of sea salt and pepper.
  2. Heat half of the oil in a 28cm or 11" frying pan (not nonstick) and fry the beef in batches until nicely browned, then remove and set aside.
  3. Chop the onion into a 1cm (½") dice.
  4. Add the remaining oil to the pan and then add the onion and cook on a medium high heat for 10 minutes.
  5. Dice the garlic and chilli as finely as you can, add it to the onions and cook for 1 minute.
  6. Cut the apricots in half.
  7. Throw in the apricots, almonds and return the beef to the pan.
  8. Sprinkle with ground cumin, coriander, turmeric, and paprika then pour over the water and stir.
  9. Add a lid reduce the heat to low and cook for an hour or until the beef is nice and tender.
  10. Slice the potato as thinly as you can, if you have a mandolin, which is the best tool for this set it to 2mm thick (⅛" or thinner if you like).
  11. Pour the olive oil over the potato and then season with the remaining salt and the zaatar.
  12. Transfer the beef stew to a 21cm x 16cm x 4.5cm or 8″ x 6″ x 2″ casserole dish and layer over the potatoes.
  1. Bake in the oven at 200°C or 400°F for 30-35 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle with the sumac before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 724Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 946mgCarbohydrates: 84gFiber: 14gSugar: 44gProtein: 20g

Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

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Saturday 5th of February 2022

Looks and sounds yummy .can't wait to try it.

Brian Jones

Thursday 17th of February 2022

Thanks Anne, enjoy :)


Thursday 12th of September 2019

This looks delicious! Those sweet potato slices are yum!!! I love how simple the flavours are, can't wait to try it. Cheers

Brian Jones

Sunday 15th of September 2019

Thanks Adrienne

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