Slow Cooker Beef & Sweet Potato Tagine – a delicious, hearty stew with Moroccan spices, perfect for a cozy meal on a cool day, plus your house will smell of the amazing warm scents of cinnamon and cumin as it simmers away in your slow cooker.
A tagine is a Moroccan dish slow-cooked with meat, fruit and vegetables and is named after the type of clay pot in which it is traditionally cooked. Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite versions which combines cubes of beef, sweet potatoes and dried apricots and is made in the slow cooker.
During my 20s, before I had kids, I did a lot of travelling, both for work and for fun. I’ve been all over the world, but one place I haven’t been is Morocco. Luckily for me, there used to be this amazing Moroccan restaurant, called Chez Es Saada, in New York City, which is where I lived for most of my 20s. My husband and I went there often.
Eating at Chez Es Saada was an experience, it was subterranean, colorfully decorated and they even had belly dancers, and definitely made me feel like I could be in Morocco. I had the most wonderful tagine there and this Slow Cooker Beef & Sweet Potato Tagine captures the flavors that I remember.
Chez Es Saada also had this wonderful cocktail made with blood orange juice. We loved it so much that my husband recreated it for us at home, this is his recipe for Blood Orange Juice Cocktails, they are a wonderful accompaniment to this Slow Cooker Beef & Sweet Potato Tagine.
This Slow Cooker Beef & Sweet Potato Tagine is a hit with all three of my kids. My son loves the way it smells. When he comes home from school, and this is simmering away in the slow cooker, he always exclaims how wonderful the house smells.
I’m always happy when he says something smells good, because I’ve learned that when my kids like the way something smells, they are much more willing to eat it, and that certainly holds true with this tagine, my son is always thrilled to have it for dinner.
Do you have a favorite Moroccan dish? Please let me know in the comments below!
adapted from bhg.com
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