Slow-Cooker Beef & Carrot Tagine with Almond Couscous


Feel free to experiment with the spices in this simple slow-cooker beef stew--keep cumin and cinnamon in the mix, but try adding cardamom and ginger for greater depth of flavor. Both the stew and the almond couscous are very easy to prep, and the active time is just 20 minutes. Recipe adapted from Slow Cook Modern.

Slow-Cooker Beef & Carrot Tagine with Almond Couscous
Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 20 mins
10 servings


  • 2 ½ pounds beef stew meat, such as chuck

  • 2 teaspoons paprika

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 pound carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 cup canned crushed tomatoes

  • ½ cup water

  • cup raisins

Almond Couscous

  • 1 ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • cup sliced almonds

  • 1 ¾ cups whole-wheat couscous

  • 1 ¾ cups water

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Place beef in a 4- to 7-quart slow cooker. Sprinkle with paprika, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, cumin, fennel seeds, cinnamon and pepper; toss to coat. Pile carrots on the beef and pour tomatoes and 1/2 cup water over the top. Cover and cook on Low for 8 hours or High for 4 hours.

  2. To prepare couscous: About 20 minutes before serving, heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add almonds and cook, stirring, until golden, about 2 minutes. Add couscous and stir to coat. Add water and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and remove from heat; let stand for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and stir in cilantro.

  3. Just before serving, stir raisins into the slow cooker, cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Serve the tagine with the couscous.


To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Equipment: 4- to 7-qt. slow cooker

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

348 Calories
9g Fat
38g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 348
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 38g 14%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 31g 63%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Vitamin A 7886IU 158%
Vitamin C 5mg 6%
Folate 17mcg 4%
Sodium 694mg 30%
Calcium 72mg 6%
Iron 4mg 24%
Magnesium 44mg 10%
Potassium 710mg 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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