Tunisian Loubia (White Bean Stew)

    Looking for a Super Bowl Sunday chili recipe? Why not try our recipe for Loubia (white bean stew).

    It’s almost kind of the Tunisian/spicy version of chili and perfect for winter days.

    What is Loubia?

    Loubia or bean stew is a very popular dish in Tunisia and also in other North Africa Countries (Morocco, Algeria, and Libya ) made with white beans, tomato sauce, and different spices.

    This classic, flavorful dish is much loved in Moroccan homes, where the beans and zesty tomato-based sauce are traditionally scooped up with bread.

    It’s a comfort food that stands alone as an entrée, but it also works well as a side, particularly to fried fish dinners.

    Loubia Recipe

    The same dish can be prepared in many ways. Some cook it with olives and some just add parsley or coriander on top. Everyone can add his personal touch to it.

    Make the stewed white beans as spicy as you like, but don’t be shy on the seasoning, as you’ll want enough of those spices to yield a characteristically robust sauce.

    Olive oil provides another key flavor, along with fresh tomatoes, onions, garlic, and herbs. Take the heat up a notch by adding a chili pepper or cayenne, and consider adding beef or lamb.

    Please note that this recipe calls for dried beans, which do require overnight soaking in ample water. Plan ahead so that you remember to soak the beans the night before cooking.

    The cooking time is for preparation in a pressure cooker, which is regarded as essential cookware in Moroccan kitchens. Allow double this time if you’ll be stewing the beans in a conventional pot.

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    Be sure to recreate this incredible delicacy. Bon appétit!

    Tunisian Loubia recipe

    Loubia or bean stew is a very popular dish in North Africa (Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and Libya ) made with white beans, tomato sauce and different spices.
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
    Course Soup
    Cuisine north african, Tunisian
    Servings 4
    Calories 174 kcal


    • About 250 grams of dried white beans already put in water a night before
    • Some oil
    • 1 Tomato chopped into pieces
    • 1 Red chili
    • 2 Onions
    • 1 Bouillon cube with chicken flavor
    • 2 and 1/2 small spoon of Ras El Hanout
    • 1 Small pinch of salt
    • 1 Small spoon chopped garlic
    • 2 Small spoons of paprika
    • 2 and 1/2 Small spoon of turmeric
    • 1 Bay leaf
    • 6 pieces of chicken (type of cut based on your preference)
    • 1 small box of tomato puree
    • 1 liter of water


    • First I chop the garlic, onions and tomatoes. Then I put oil in the saucepan and fry the chicken a little.
    • Afterwards I add the tomatoes and onion and let it fry with the chicken.
    • Then I add all the spices and the tomato puree and stir everything well together while it cooks. After that I put the beans and add water.
    • Add the bay leaf and the chili (that I have taken the seeds from) as well as the bouillon cubes.Let this cook on low heat until the chicken is tender.
    • Then I take the chicken out, set it aside and let the sauce continue to boil until the beans are all done.Then I put the chicken in the pot again to heat it.
    • Serve with bread.


    Calories: 174kcal
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