A tagine is a traditional cone-shaped pot used to cook many dishes traditional in North African as well as the Middle-East. The shape of the pot allows the flavors of the rich, intense ingredients to meld perfectly together and the resulting dish is tender, succulent and incredibly flavorful.
You can recreate the effects at home without a tagine by using your slow cooker or a heavy pot in the oven – they work perfectly! Using Mesa de Vida cooking sauces as the flavor base gives you all of the flavor without all of the chopping or having to have a spice cabinet full of special ingredients!
Both of these recipes are delicious with a cooling raita: Mix 1 cup plain yogurt, 1 cup shredded cucumber, 1 tsp fresh lemon juice and chopped fresh herbs like mint, parsley or dill to combine. Let rest while your tagine cooks and invite everyone to your inspired table of life!
If you want to make a Whole30 or Paleo tagine recipe then our Whole30 approved North African cooking sauce makes this so simple, and so delicious. Use your favorite cut of meat, lots of vegetables, and potatoes or sweet potatoes and you have a satisfying, succulent meal that will make your kitchen smell SO good.
*Hot Tip: Double up! Make a double batch while you’re at it and you’ll be all set for another easy meal in minutes for lunch or dinner tomorrow. A tagine is just like a chili or stew, they just get better the next day, so it’s perfect for meal prepping.
North African Tagine Recipe
- 1-2 lb boneless beef or lamb, cut into 2" pieces Use an affordable, flavorful cut such as chuck or shoulder, or leg or shank (Feel free to also use meat on the bone, you may just have to cook it longer. Although not traditional, you can also use pork or chicken as well.)
- 1 jar Mesa de Vida North African cooking and seasoning sauce
- 1 cup low sodium broth
- 1 eggplant cubed
- 1 zucchini cubed
- 1 cup green olives optional
- 1/4 cup golden raisins, regular raisins, or diced dried apricots optional
- 1 can 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained, or 1-2 potatoes, peeled and diced optional
- Salt and hot sauce (harissa is great in this) to taste Optional
- Oven directions: Place all of the ingredients in a large oven-safe dish, stir to combine. Cover tightly with foil and bake in a 325 preheated oven for 2 hours.
- Crockpot directions: Place all of the ingredients in a large oven-safe dish, stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- Instant Pot directions: Place all of the ingredients into the pressure cooker and cook according to the recommended times according to the cut of meat you're using. Using diced boneless meat? Everything should be cooked to tender perfection in about 15 minutes.
- Stir and enjoy!