Kefta Recipe: Moroccan Seasoned Ground Beef or Lamb

Fatima O.

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Looking for a delicious Kefta recipe? This Moroccan Kefta is seasoned with warm spices like cumin and paprika and fresh herbs, giving it a wonderfully complex flavor. You can use ground beef or lamb for this recipe – both are equally delicious!

Kefta (or kofta) is usually served as the main dish in Morocco, and it’s perfect for any occasion.

This Kefta recipe is easy to make and can be cooked in many different ways. From serving it wrapped in a warm chunk of bread, to rolling it into balls, and skewering them for kebabs.

However, I like my Kefta cooked in a tagine with a zesty tomato sauce. This Kefta recipe is one of my favorites because the Kefta soaks up all the flavors from the sauce and comes out super moist.

Are you ready to learn how to make this Kefta tagine recipe? If it’s a big YES, Let’s get started!

Note: The Kefta recipe I’m sharing is very versatile, I use the same recipe for grilling, frying, or oven baking.

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What is Kefta?

Kefta (also Kofta) is a type of minced meat kabob that’s popular in Morocco and other Middle Eastern countries. It’s typically made with ground beef or lamb, although Kefta can also be made with chicken or Turkey.

The key to making a good Kefta is freshly ground meat and the right spices. In Morocco, people enjoy the luxury of buying fresh meats and produce.

Kefta skewers

When I was still living in Morocco, I used to go to our nearby butcher, select my fresh meat, order it to grind and wrap it back home. I never use the ready-made ground meat from the supermarket.

Also, a good Kefta seasoning blend makes a big part of the Kefta taste. The seasoning will usually include cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, turmeric for the colors, and a lot of fresh herbs.

Grilled Kefta pita bread wrap

Grilled Kefta is traditionally served with Moroccan bread and charcoal-grilled tomatoes and onions. It’s also delicious wrapped in warm pita bread with some fresh-cut tomatoes, and lettuce, topped with sauces.

I hope you enjoy this Kefta recipe as much as I do! Let me know in the comments below how you like to eat yours. 🙂

How to make Moroccan Kefta?

The secret to making a good Kefta is to use freshly ground with a little bit of added fat. Some may omit this step from the recipe which is totally fine, but I highly recommend it as it gives the Kefta a moist texture and a classic flavor.

For the meat, you can use lamb, beef, or a mix of the two. Chicken and Turkey are also fine.

kefta ingredients
Kefta ingredients

Once you’ve got your ground meat ready, prepare the spice blend. My spice blend includes salt, black pepper, paprika, turmeric, cumin, dried coriander, a pinch of ginger powder, and a little bit of Zaatar as well.

For the seasoning herbs, I like to use a lot of fresh coriander and parsley, finely chopped onion, garlic, and preserved lemons (for the lemony flavor).

The way I spice up the Kefta will be suitable for most people, but if you like it a bit more spicy, then by all means add more cayenne pepper or chili flakes.

kefta meat ground
Seasoning meat ground for Kefta

Once all the seasoning ingredients are ready, simply mix them with the ground meat you have. Then shape the mixture into small kabobs and cook the way you want.

Kefta balls getting ready to be baked in the oven

For a delicious grilled Kefta, the best way is to use Charcoal outdoor grilled but if you don’t have access to an outdoor grill, you can also cook Kefta indoors on a stovetop grill pan or in the oven.

Ready to get started? Let’s go over the ingredients you’ll need and then walk through the steps of making this Kefta recipe.


How is Moroccan Kefta Served?

Moroccan Kefta is served as a main dish along with homemade bread (Khobz) and tomato and onion fresh salad. Kefta also makes a very popular dish called Kefta Tagine which is Kefta simmered in a tomato-based sauce.

kefta tagine
Moroccan Kefta tagine, Kefta with a tomato-based sauce

A Kefta sandwich with tomato and onions makes a snack in Morocco. Usually found in street food stalls.

I hope you enjoyed this Kefta recipe. Let me know in the comments below how you like to eat yours!

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About Fatima O.

Fatima, born and raised along the foothills of the Atlas mountains, in the heartland of the indigenous Amazigh peoples. She loves Moroccan tea and travel. Now, she travels and writes about the beauty of her homeland.

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