This certainly beats any box variety of Hamburger helper. The family liked it and it was easy to prepare. There is around 5-10 minutes of chopping however.


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, julienned
  • half sweet red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ginger, ground
  • 1 tsp cumin, ground
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp hot pepper flakes
  • 28 oz. diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • ¾ cup sliced green olives
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander or green onion, chopped
  • 2 cups hot cooked couscous


1. In large skillet, sauté beef over medium-high heat, breaking up with spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer to plate. Drain fat from skillet.
2. Add oil to pan; fry onion and garlic over medium heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add carrots, red pepper, water, paprika, ginger, cumin, cinnamon, salt and hot pepper flakes; fry, stirring often, until tender-crisp, about 3 minutes.
3. Return beef and any juices to skillet. Add tomatoes and tomato paste; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in olives and coriander (or green onion); heat through, about 1 minute. Server over couscous.


30 Minute, Beef


Canadian Living


4 servings