Pili Pili beef with Couscous and yassa sauce

Pili Pili beef with Couscous and yassa sauce


My name is Khadidja Trésor. I’m a Grade 12 student at Franco-Ouest. I enjoy listening to music and socializing. I decided to join Thirteen because I want to acquire some new skills in business and learn more about cooking. Also I wanted to build my resume, meet new people and have some experiences in the kitchen. Throughout the training I learned how to invest and get more sources of income. I also discovered Thirteen spices from different countries that I didn't know about. 



This recipe is a traditional dish my mom used to teach me and my siblings so I wanted to share it with everyone.

I chose this recipe because it’s very delicious. It’s also easy to make and doesn’t take a lot of time.
The main ingredient is the onions. At first when you slice the onions it would seem a lot but when you fry it  the size decreases. 

I like how the recipe does not have a lot of ingredients.

The recipe seems easy to follow and you can personalize it. You can add other ingredients to make it more delicious. You don’t really have to follow the exact steps.


4 plates


Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time

For the sauce 25- 30 minutes

For the couscous: 10 minutes



500g Beef loin, cut into cubes  

75ml of oil

900g 4 Red jumbo onions, sliced 

Two medium tomatoes, sliced 

3 tbsp Pili pili spice (1 tbsp aside for beef)

3 tbsp Black pepper (1 tbsp for beef )

Parsley flakes 

2 tsp Salt (1 tbsp for beef)

75ml of AYLMER crushed tomatoes

2 ½ tbsp Maggi (optional)

Couscous: 1kg

100g Organic mixed vegetables


150 ml Water

150 ml crushed tomatoes (can)

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Cook on high heat 

For the yassa sauce

  1. Season the beef with pili pili, salt  and pepper 
  2. Boil the seasoned beef in a saucepan with 100 ml of water for 6 min then set aside. 
  3. Add 75 ml of oil in a small saucepan 
  4. Heat the oil for 45 sec on high heat
  5. Fry the onions in the oil for 7 min until golden brown 
  6. Add the seasoned boiled beef in the fried onions 
  7. Add the sliced tomatoes 
  8. Add the rest of 50 ml of water 
  9. Add 1 teaspoons  of pili pili 1 teaspoons  of black pepper and 1 tbsp of parsley flakes 
  10. Let it boil for 5 min
  11. Add 150 ml of crushed tomatoes
  12. Add 2 ½ tbsp of Maggi, 1 tbsp of black pepper, ½ tbsp of pili pili 1 ½ tbsp of salt
  13. Mix it all together
  14. Cook for 7 minutes, stirring gradually
  15. Let it cook for 1 min and turn the stove off
  16.  The yassa sauce is done.

For the couscous

  1. Boil 1L of water in a saucepan
  2. Add 1 kg of couscous in the boiled water and add 2 1/2 tablespoons of butter and 2 1/2 tablespoons of salt
  3. Mix it and let it cook for 7 min
  4. Add 100 g of organic mixed vegetables (optional), mix well and cover. For 5 minutes 
  5. When you lift the lid, the grains will appear flat in an even layer. Use a fork to fluff it up and break up the clumps for light and fluffy couscous. 
  6. All done with the recipe!! 

Tools & Equipment -

Cutting board


three different plates for the sliced beef

onions, tomatoes ,

measuring cup

3 Saucepans ( one for the beef, one for the sauce and one for the couscous)

three ladles

one fork

4 plates for the food

Serving Suggestions 

I would suggest that the sauce is on top of the couscous when served. And as a side dish have a cabbage salad on the side. 



Seasoned beef 

 Sliced onions 



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