How to Make Matbucha (a Moroccan Tomato Salad)

Updated on February 10, 2018
A perfect appetizer!
A perfect appetizer! | Source

Both Moroccan and Israeli meals are known for being flavorful. Many of the dishes start out with the same tasty base before taking on a flavor of their own. One such staple is known as Matbucha. It is a basic, simple cooked tomato salad that is oh, so much more! I will be showing you how to make the basic salad as well as some variations. Following this, I will be adding some of the dishes that you can prepare starting with a basic Matbucha.

Interesting Facts about the Origin of Matbucha.

  • The word Matbucha comes from Arabic and means cooked (salad).
  • It is often called Turkish Salad.
  • It hails from: Morocco, Tunisia, Ageria and Libya.
  • It is uncertain how old this recipe is but tomatoes were only introduced to the East around 1800.

The Basic Ingredients of Matbucha.

The ingredients vary somewhat from household to household but generally, Matbucha is made from roasted sweet red peppers and tomatoes. Some people add garlic or onions. Many people add assorted bell peppers and spicy, hot peppers. Seasoning can vary fron light salt to spicy hot paprika. Some people will mix it with Harissa for an extra hot salad.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 2 hours 30 min
Ready in: 2 hours 50 min
Yields: 20 servings

Ingredients

  • 20 whole plum tomatoes, or you can use any type of tomato you like
  • 3 whole sweet red peppers, can use any variety of sweet peppers
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic
  • 3 whole hot peppers, I use Anaheim. You can use the hot pepper of your choice or none at all
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • A handful fresh cilantro
  • salt, sweet and hot paprika, to taste

Instructions for Matbucha

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Just about everything you need for a tasty Matbucha.Blanched and peeled tomatoes.Sliced tomatoes and chopped cilantro.Everythings in the pot ready to boil.A rolling and steaming boil. It is ready to simmer now.
Just about everything you need for a tasty Matbucha.
Just about everything you need for a tasty Matbucha. | Source
Blanched and peeled tomatoes.
Blanched and peeled tomatoes. | Source
Sliced tomatoes and chopped cilantro.
Sliced tomatoes and chopped cilantro. | Source
Everythings in the pot ready to boil.
Everythings in the pot ready to boil. | Source
A rolling and steaming boil. It is ready to simmer now.
A rolling and steaming boil. It is ready to simmer now. | Source

Instructions

  1. I blanch my tomatoes for easy peeling. Please watch my video for easy instructions on how to blanch tomatoes.
  2. Heat the oil in a saute pan. Chop the sweet peppers and saute them over medium heat.
  3. Cut the tomatoes into thin strips and add them to the pan.
  4. Chop the garlic and add it and the cilantro to the mixture.
  5. Put in whole hot peppers. Do not slit or cut them yet unless you want them extremely spicy.
  6. Turn the stove on high and let mixture come to a boil, stirring every now and then.
  7. Turn the stove to low and cover the pan. Let it simmer for about 2 hours, stirring every so often. Be careful not to open those hot peppers while you are stirring!
  8. Remove from heat and let the salad cool down. I usually take the hot peppers out right away.
  9. When it is cool, I split mine in half and add the chopped hot peppers to one half.
  10. Put into small containers to refrigerate or freeze. Remember to have a jar ready, too!

How to Blanch a Tomato

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 100 grams
Calories 45
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 10 g3%
Sugar 5 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 800 mg33%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

The Beauty of Matbucha.

Matbucha is a great accompaniment on the Israeli table. It tastes great with bread. It can also be used as a sandwich spread. It adds a pleasant savory flavor to meat or chicken or even alone between two slices of bread. When I make Matbucha, I always make quite a bit. I serve some right away but I also make enough to both put away for later and to use some for cooking. I keep a jar of Matbucha in my refrigerator. When I am cooking, I add a spoonful or two to flavor my sauce. I also use matbucha as a sphagetti sauce base. This is especially good when I don't have enough time to make my own, homemade sauce. I simply add a few tablespoons of my Matbucha salad to plain tomato sauce, paste or jarred pasta sauce. It lends it that nice homemade flavor. I always use it when I am preparing my Spicy Moroccan Fish.

B'Tayavon (Hebrew for Bon Appetite)

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        Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

        Thamk you, Kathryn! It is yummy! Enjoy!

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        Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

        Not very complicated at all, Rose! Thank you for the comment and vote up! Enjoy!

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        Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

        Thank you, Pamela! It is really good! Enjoy!

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        Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

        Mmm, this looks delicious! Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a wonderful day.

        ~ Kathryn

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        rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

        Looks delicious and not very complicated to make. Thank you for sharing! (Voted Up) -Rose

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        Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

        This sounds interesting, Ranid. I appreicate the suggestions for ways to use it. I am bookmarking it for later use and pinning and sharing...

        Angels are on the way to you this evening. Have a lovely weekend. ps

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        Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

        Thank you, Mary! It is both tasty and useful as it can be frozen and added to other foods! Thank you for the votes! Much appreciated!

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        Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

        Well, it is evident you've hit it big with this one. Tomatoes are a favorite everywhere and any variation just adds to their appeal. This sounds delicious and I bet it'll be on more tables after this hub.

        Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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        Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

        I hope you enjoy it, Michele!

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        Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

        Thank you, Jackie! You probably missed it just like I missed this comment! It is yummy!

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        MicheleFrazier 5 years ago from Texas

        Yum! I'm definitely adding this one to the list to try! Thank you for sharing! :)

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        Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

        How did I miss this! I love tomato dishes and this sounds so good with the red bell pepper I can almost taste it. Thank you for sharing, it does sound like something to keep cooked up. ^

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        Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

        Suzie, thank you! It is very good and if you want to goive it a bit of the Turkish flair, sprinkle a bit of cumin in it. Thank you so veryt much for your comments, votes, share and pin! You honor me! Have a great weekend!

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        Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

        Thank you, Erica! It is yummy and versatile! I truly appreciate the votes and share!

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        Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

        Hi Randi,

        Love the sounds of this was unfamiliar with this Moroccan dish and I love Moroccan and Turkish cuisine! Definitely pinning this and keeping to do! Great share and love all the useful tips and suggestions throughout!! Voted up, useful, interesting, shared & pinned to healthy salads!

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        SaffronBlossom 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

        That looks amazing! I love more exotic dishes and am always looking for new ones...will have to try it! Voted up, useful and awesome. :)

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        Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

        Thank you, kidscrafts! It is yummy and would go great with a bbq! We had it with brats last night! Enjoy!

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        Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

        Thank you, mycookbook!

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        Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

        Thank you, Martin! Me, too!

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        Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

        Thank you so much Faith! Do try it. It is really good! I can't thank you enough for your support in votes and shares! You are awesome! xoxo Randi

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        Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

        Thank you, Prasetio! Much appreciated!

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        Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

        Thank you, gingerka!

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        Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

        Thank you, Carol! It is yummy!

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        Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

        Thank you, GinaBina! So appreciate your support!

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        Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

        Thank you, virtualit! I appreciate the visit, comment and vote!

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        Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

        Thank you so much, Susan! I hope you enjoy it. I do appreciate the votes and shares!

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        Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

        Debbie....you are amazing!!! Thank you! You honor me with all the shares and votes. It really is a good recipe. Yesterday, after making it, I used some of the bread in the picture and made myself a small sandwich with a bit of pepperjack cheese and matbucha. It was perfect! Thank you so much again, my friend! xo

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        Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

        Thanks, Bill! 50%s not bad! It's funny, my son hates tomatoes but loves this!

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        kidscrafts 5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

        This looks just delicious! A great dish to eat outside in the summer time for sure! I can see myself eating it!

        It must be nice to accompany any BBQ as well!

        Thanks for sharing!

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        Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

        Thank you for this. I love tomatoes!

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        Dil Vil 5 years ago from India

        Wow. This looks good. Thank you for sharing.

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        Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

        Sounds interesting and delicious. Tomatoes are great! I have never heard of this before, so thank you for sharing.

        Voted up +++ and sharing

        Blessings, Faith Reaper

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        prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

        It looks delicious and healthy. I love tomato. Thanks for sharing with us. Voted up :-)

        Prasetio

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        gingerka 5 years ago from Colorado

        This looks really good. Thanks

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        carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

        Sounds tasty Randi: A must try. Thanks for sharing this yummy and healthful recipe...

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        Gina 5 years ago from West Tennessee

        This looks so good and so healthy. YUM!

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        Abdus Salam 5 years ago from Bangladesh

        lovely recipe. I like tomatoes very much. thanks for your recipe. voted thanks

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        Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        I love anything with tomatoes and can't wait to try your recipe.

        Voting Up, pinning and sharing.

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        Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

        You are talking my kind of recipe here.. I do this when i get my tomatoes in the summer.. big boxes 100 lbs of more.. I make my own vegetable soup, tomato sauce . so many things you can do with it..

        Blessings to you

        Oh i am sharing on Facebook on cooking time and healthy solutions and TOPS TAKE OFF POUNDS and recipe swap..

        Debbie

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        Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

        I'll pass this one to Bev. She loves tomatoes...I hate tomatoes. :) One out of two ain't bad, right?

        Speaking for Bev I thank you for the recipe.

        bill

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