Moroccan Lamb Tagine


A tagine is a Moroccan stew that is named after the earthenware dish it is cooked in. We use a slow cooker in this version of Moroccan lamb stew, which features lamb, sweet potatoes, dates and olives.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 40 mins
6 servings


  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 ½ pounds boneless lamb shoulder or lamb stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 ½ cups coarsely chopped, peeled sweet potato

  • 1 medium plum tomato, chopped

  • 2 medium carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • ¼ cup pitted dates, quartered

  • ¼ cup green olives, halved

  • 2 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca

  • 2 tablespoons finely shredded lemon peel

  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 cups hot, cooked whole-wheat couscous

  • ¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted (see Tip)


  1. In a large bowl, combine ginger, cumin, salt, turmeric and cinnamon. Add lamb to bowl; toss to coat in spices.

  2. In a 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker, place lamb, sweet potato, tomato, carrots, onion, dates, olives, tapioca, lemon peel, lemon juice, honey and garlic (see Tip). Pour broth over all.

  3. Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.

  4. Serve over couscous and top with almonds.


Tips: To toast nuts, spread in a shallow baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for 5 to 10 minutes or until golden, shaking pan once or twice.

For easy cleanup, line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

343 Calories
9g Fat
40g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 cup lamb mixture and 1/3 cup couscous
Calories 343
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 40g 14%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 28g 57%
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Vitamin A 8327IU 167%
Vitamin C 8mg 9%
Folate 17mcg 4%
Sodium 562mg 24%
Calcium 67mg 5%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 54mg 13%
Potassium 711mg 15%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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