Recipe Details

Try your hand at Mishkaki, a boldly spiced restaurant-style grilled beef dish, similar to shish kabobs. Marinade ingredients include bright flavors like lemon juice, fresh papaya for its tenderizing properties and McCormick® Red Pepper and Ginger for zing. Enjoy skewered meat with a tangy Tomato Onion Sauce and warm naan to round out the meal.


For the Spice Blend:

  1. Mix all ingredients until well blended. Reserve 1 teaspoon for the Tomato Onion Sauce.

For the Beef Skewers Marinade:

  1. Mix remaining Spice Blend, tomatoes, papaya, lemon juice and oil in food processor or blender. Process until smooth.
  2. Pour mixture into large resealable plastic bag. Add beef cubes; toss to coat well. Refrigerate 1 hour.

For the Tomato Sauce:

  1. Meanwhile, heat oil in medium saucepan on medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 5 to 6 minutes or until softened. Add reserved Spice Blend and remaining ingredients; mix well.
  2. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Keep warm.

For the Tanzanian BBQ Skewers with Tomato Onion Sauce:

  1. Remove beef from marinade. Discard any remaining marinade. Thread beef onto skewers.
  2. Grill over medium-high heat 3 to 4 minutes per side or until desired doneness.
  3. Serve with Tomato Onion Sauce and warm naan bread.


-Tamarind concentrate or paste is a thick fruit pulp that is tart, slightly sweet and fruity. Look for it in the Asian or Mexican aisle of grocery stores or online. 

-Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes. This prevents them from burning on the grill. 

- To make this recipe a complete entree add a side of rice from McCormick for Chefs' recipes and some grilled vegetables seasoned with the signature blend in this recipe.

- Recipe makes 8 servings.