This brothy stew is boldly flavored with a blend of characteristic Middle Eastern spices and finished with fresh spinach and fiber-rich chickpeas. Economical lamb shoulder tenderizes beautifully when leisurely cooked in a slow cooker. If you can't find boneless shoulder stew meat, do not substitute more-expensive lamb leg--it tends to dry out during slow cooking. Instead, purchase lamb shoulder chops and debone them. Serve over bulgur and accompany with a salad. Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2008

Patsy Jamieson
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Place lamb in a 4-quart or larger slow cooker. Mix oil, cumin, coriander, cayenne, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Coat the lamb with the spice paste and toss to coat well. Top with onion.

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  • Bring tomatoes, broth and garlic to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Pour over the lamb and onion. Cover and cook until the lamb is very tender, 3 to 3 1/2 hours on high or 5 1/2 to 6 hours on low.

  • Skim or blot any visible fat from the surface of the stew. Mash 1/2 cup chickpeas with a fork in a small bowl. Stir the mashed and whole chickpeas into the stew, along with spinach. Cover and cook on high until the spinach is wilted, about 5 minutes.

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Make Ahead Tip: Prepare the stew, omitting the spinach, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 4 months. Add spinach after the stew is reheated. | Prep ahead: Trim lamb and coat with spice mixture. Chop onions. Combine broth, tomatoes and garlic. Refr

For easy cleanup, try a slow-cooker liner. These heat-resistant, disposable liners fit neatly inside the insert and help prevent food from sticking to the bottom and sides of your slow cooker.

Nutrition Facts

253 calories; total fat 14.2g 22% DV; saturated fat 5.1g; cholesterol 59mg 20% DV; sodium 412mg 16% DV; potassium 570mg 16% DV; carbohydrates 12.4g 4% DV; fiber 4.6g 18% DV; sugar 3g; protein 19.3g 39% DV; exchange other carbs 1; vitamin a iu 2155IU; vitamin c 16mg; folate 58mcg; calcium 98mg; iron 3mg; magnesium 54mg; thiamin 1mg.

Reviews (31)

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31 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2019
Loved all the flavors that the simple ingredients provided. If you love veggies and have a versatile pallet this recipe is for you. Two thumbs up Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/05/2019
Very good...wife loved it. Substituted some dried oregano and dried parsley for the coriander also used another tablespoon of olive oil. Other than that stuck with the ingredients per se and enjoyed it thoroughly. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/02/2017
Great recipe. I always tweak recipes a bit and i did here to season to my taste this was great for portions and time:). I did add some garam masala and cumin but i like things spicey. My guests lived it. Thanks Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/27/2017
The chickpeas overwhelmed the lamb and spices. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/24/2017
I added turmeric and next time will add more spices. the stew is just delicious and we had it left over for total of three meals for two persons with the addition of cooked rice at serving time. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/18/2016
Tasty but needed a bit more ethnic flavor. This was in incredibly easy soup to prepare. I doubled it seeing as I had come across a great price on boneless lamb leg. DO NOT pay attention to the part where it says not to use leg meat if that's what you prefer using. I have always used leg meat for stews and it has never ever been dry. It's super tender every time. I doubled the recipe because soup goes a long way in our house. I also added a 6 ox can of tomato paste (use 3 oz if you're doing a single batch) and used beef stock instead because that's what I happened to have in the house. As far as spices went I looked up commonly used Middle Eastern spices and there is a long list of them including turmeric and allspice. I added a teaspoon of each per batch and it made for a more well rounded Middle Eastern flavor. Instead of bulgar we had it over couscous. Pros: Very easy minimal prep Cons: Lacked a few important Middle Eastern spices broth needed to be a little thicker. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/25/2014
Delicious fragrant and easy! I got 1.5 lbs of lamb stew meat from the butcher and tossed it in the seasonings in a plastic freezer bag and left it in the fridge over night. I added more seasonings than was called for at least a tablespoon each of coriander and cumin. I kept dashing in more of each spice and pepper until all the lamb stew meat was completely heavily coated in spice mixture. I sauteed onion garlic and a couple of carrots - left them in their own container in the fridge overnight then put those in the bottom of the slow cooker and added one DRAINED 28-oz can of tomatoes. Then the broth then I topped with the lamb meat and cooked on low for 9 hours (while I was at work). Afterwards I added a full drained 15 oz can of chickpeas which I mashed all of in a food processor. I didn't add the greens. It was the perfect amount of liquid and it was a delicious hearty fall stew. The lamb meat was so tender. Pros: easy low fat high protein Cons: not enough spices Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2014
Truly enjoyed this! I just tossed everything into the crockpot - did not bother simmering the tomatoes broth and garlic. Because it was a little watery I decided to add a cup of rice an hour before it was finished and that made it nice and thick. I also bought bone-in lamb accidentally so I ended up with about a pound of lamb and I think that was good as lamb is pretty flavorful. I think more would have made it over powering. Definitely will make again. I was careful to cook on low for only 6 hours. I hate overcooked crockpot food. Pros: Simple and delicious Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/08/2014
Tasty I had some boneless leg of lamb steaks that the butcher cut too thin. I decided to cut them up into chunks. I added extra fresh ground coriander (5 tsp) extra cumin (4 tsp) extra garlic (6 cloves) and 2 very large onions I did not pre-saute anything. I used 1/4 cup organic chicken bouillon paste with out adding extra water(the onions and tomato will create the extra liquid). I let it cook on high all day. When the stew was done we separated most of the stew and liquid to cover in a serving dish and added couscous to the remaining liquid in the crock pot letting that cook for 5 min. Sprinkled finishing sea salt to taste and a Mediterranean spice called Ras el Hanout which put it over the edge of fantastic! This is a keeper even for me. I am not partial to over cooked meats. Pros: Simple & Quick don't forget your crock pot liner for no mess clean up Cons: Not for us Read More
Rating: 1 stars
03/04/2014
Smells like an Old Shoe This lamb stew smells like an old shoe and tastes pretty terrible too. I can barely stomach it but I'm trying to finish it so as not to waste all the lamb. I followed the recipe exactly. Yuck. Pros: the bread I ate as a side was good Cons: everything about the stew Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2014
Great Recipe! My husband and I are on a healthy kick and loosing weight. We needed a change from chicken. I trimmed up 2 lamb shanks on the bone. After all was done... I ended up with 1lb of meat. Instead of canned tomatoes I used 3.5 homemade crushed tomatoes and 1 fresh. I used a whole can of low sodium chicken broth and instead of all the olive oil I used 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. To us it didn't need any salt but we have been on a very low sodium diet....so the mix of foods was enough flavor. It all worked great. I used the suggestion and used bulgur. Defiantly will do this again! Pros: Healthy and Hearty! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
04/01/2013
Sounds delicious but anything but delicious I came across this recipe a few weeks ago and I thought it sounded delicious so I printed a copy. Over the weekend I made it. I was so disappointed. First of all the stew was watery second it lacked any flavor and finally I wasted my heard earned money on lamb. I even tried marinating the meat in the spices for 2 hours and used the lamb bones from the lamb shoulder. That did not add any flavor. I cut down on the broth because there was too much liquid from the tomatoes and there still was too much liquid in the end. I hate wasting food but after giving the stew another shot the following day it is going out into the garbage. Pros: Can't think of any Cons: Waste of money Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/13/2013
A hit This stew came together quickly and easily. I used regular spinach instead of baby spinach so that added to the prep time. Canned chick peas (AKA garbanzo beans) worked very well. I cooked it on low for the minimum length of time (5 1/2 hours) and consequently the meat was still a little chewy. The flavors were very well balanced. I like spicy food and this was definitely on the mild end of the scale but by no means bland. The warmth of the seasonings harmonized nicely with the umami of the meat juices and the vegetable bitterness of the spinach. I will definitely be preparing this dish again. Pros: Delicious easily assembled Cons: Lamb stew meat was surprisingly hard to find Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/15/2012
Excellent! I made this with dry chickpeas and lentils (with the lamb). I soaked the peas and lentils in water for about 6 hours drained them and added them to the crock pot. I cooked everything for about 5 hours on high. Served with mashed potatoes (we'd had rice and pasta just earlier this week). My 7 year old didn't care for it due to the onions and my husband liked it. I loved it. Our 1.5 yr old didn't like it. I'll make it again and increase the spices a little. Next time I'll probably make it with either venison or goat. Pros: Smelled wonderful. Cons: The mix of spices was wonderful next time I'll increase them some to boost the intensity of flavors Read More
Rating: 2 stars
09/11/2012
Bland Disappointment I'm surprised by the number of comments about spiciness on here. I found it to be quite bland and feel it needed more oomph. I would probably cut out the chicken broth (not necessary - too watery) and double the spice rub. I might even let the meat marinate overnight for more flavor. Esentially it was just meh all around. Pros: Colorful presentation Cons: Needs more powerful flavor Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/04/2012
Excited! This stew seems very worth it... Slow roasting it now and altered the recipe to increase flavor leaving the spare bones in the crockpot. Used crushed red pepper rather than cayenne and it won't end up so spicy but have a zest to it. Been eating alot of lamb dishes and this seems the most complex mixture of savory flavors. EXCITED! Pros: Flavorful Cons: Prep time Read More
Rating: 3 stars
07/09/2012
Too Spicy Overall I am content with this meal it was my first time cooking in a crock pot so I wasn't sure how it would turn out. i followed the instructions word for word and I think the cayenne pepper portion is too much which caused the spicy taste. Did anyone find this meal as spicy as I did? Pros: The lamb was very tender and delicious. Cons: Very spicy and heavy meal. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
07/08/2012
Great Lamb stew meal but too spicy! I followed the instructions word for word and used measuring cups/spoons to perfection but unfortunately the meal was very very spicy. Is it the cayenne pepper that caused my meal to become spicy? I served it with couscous and raisins see picture. Pros: The lab was very delicious it came out pretty tender. Cons: The meal was too spicy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2012
wonderful this was delicious! great use for lamb shoulder. i cooked up dry garbanzo beans. served over 50/50 millet/quinoa as we dont eat wheat. very healthy too! Pros: everything Read More
Rating: 2 stars
02/24/2012
So-so... but not worth it I was excited for this recipe but it ended up being a let down. There just wasn't much flavor. Maybe if I'd marinated the lamb or left it on the bone or done it on low for 6 hrs instead of on high for 3... It was really easy and the lamb was incredibly tender. But the flavor was so lacking that I'm not inclined to try it again. And for whatever reason it left us really hungry. I can't explain it but each time we ate it despite sizeable servings we were looking for a second meal immediately after. Pros: Simple Cons: Bland Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2012
Loved it! Hands down excellent. I followed the recipe exactly but added a little salt and pepper before serving. I used lamb shoulder chops and threw in the bones for additional flavor. I used the low setting on my slow cooker so that the meat would have the greatest chance of absorbing the flavors. Cooked it for 6 hours and served it with couscous. Two thumbs up. Pros: Easy tasty and satisfying. My family asked me to make it again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/21/2012
I used beef shoulder instead of lamb (lamb shoulder was really expensive!). Beef worked fine and the shoulder was tender. I added a layer of green pepper and eggplant above the onion - definitely a good addition. I also doctored up the seasonings to include minced ginger (about 3T) cinnamon and Isot Chili (dried turkish chili - smoky and yummy!) and then let it all marinate for about 45 minutes before layering in the other items. I also added orange zest and cinnamon stick to the tomato/broth mixture as well as some red wine and pomegranate juice (about 1/3c each). Extra seasonings and vegetables really made this dish sing! Pros: Easy Cons: Needs some zip Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2011
Really Delicious! My husband and I just finished gobbling this up! It was sublime! So flavorful; the meat ended up so super tender!! The spices are awesome! I cut the recipe in half but used the whole amounts of spices for both of us and it was perfect!! My husband is Middle Eastern and he said this was better than his mother's lamb stew!! I served it over couscous...really wonderful and couldn't be easier! Pros: So easy!! Wonderfully Delicious! Cons: None! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/19/2011
This stew turned out amazing!! I added chipotle chiles in adobo and left the chick peas whole served over a bed of Quinoa there was't any left. This will be one of my staples for sure! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2011
Flavorful Dish I found this dish to be full of flavor. I marinated the lamb in the spice mix for about a 1/2 hour before putting it in the crock pot. Also I sauteed the garlic in olive oil for a few minutes before adding the tomatoes and chicken broth and simmering it. I didn't include the chick peas but did throw in the spinach. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
We used beef instead of lamb and it turned out perfectly. It tasted even better as left-overs the next day. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
It does taste better after sitting a few days. I served it over brown rice and it was delish! I used lamb and loved it. My first time cooking with lamb! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
So easy and very very tasty. I'm new to slow cooking and this is the 4th recipe I've tried. It is by far the most flavorful. The combination of spices is delicious. My only thought for improvement is that it would be nice if the lamb retained more of the spice flavor - currently the flavor is mostly in the broth. For next time I'll try to spice the lamb the night before and just let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Not great but all right Made according to the instructions this stew smells great but doesn't have much flavor even the second day. I didn't have cayenne so I used a combo of smoked chipotle chili and curry powder but it didn't help much. Also the recipe says not to use lamb roast instead of chops because of dryness -- this wasn't exactly true for me. I found that using a trimmed lamb roast was actually preferable to duelling with bone-in chops. The meat was not dry at all and extremely tender. Overall this is a good recipe but you really need to play with it to bump up the flavor. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Delish!!! This was my fourth or fifth try to make something in a slow cooker and what a delight it was! The only changes I made were to add some dried chillies to the mix ( I love my food hot and spicy:-) ). The sauce was beautiful the lamb was so soft......I will definitely be making this dish again and again! Pros: Easy and tasty Cons: Not hot enough Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Good but not great This dish was decent but i'm not in love with it. The lamb doesn't retain the flavor of the spice mix and i wonder if it'd be better to add more of the spices to the sauce. I think I may use a smaller can of tomatoes with some tomato paste instead to give it more thickness. Will probably make again but will play around with the seasonings to see if I can improve this. Pros: easy to put together Cons: kinda bland Read More