Mutton and Apricot Slow Cooker Tagine

For a quick slow cooker mutton dish try a tasty mutton and apricot tagine! This cooking style is steeped in Moroccan history and makes a lovely meal for any night of the week. The term “tagine” stems from the type of cooking vessel used to create the dish. Traditionally it is cooked in an earthen pot.

Tagine is also called a Maraq in Northern Africa and in the Middle East. A tagine is a simple stew with scrumptious ingredients that blend amazingly well when slow cooked. To make the recipe a bit more modern we have cooked our tagine in a slow cooker.

This beautiful stew is gorgeous for fall and winter. It is quick to make and it fills the house with a delicious aroma for hours as it cooks. There is nothing more cozy and warm than a slow-cooker meal on a cold and blustery day and we have the recipe that will set your family’s taste buds to tingling in anticipation for dinner.

This meal truly is a crowd pleasure and can be made for any occasion. Our slow cooker tagine is practical enough to serve any night of the week, not requiring many ingredients that aren’t already found in most kitchens worldwide. Whip it up in no time and allow it to cook the rest of the day.

Prepare it in the morning and let it cook throughout the day while you are away. That is the beauty and simplicity of the slow cooker. You can cook while you are away and come home to a perfectly prepared meal ready to serve and eat.

Follow the recipe below and add in your own personal tastes as well. This recipe is very versatile and will fit well with other spices blended right in. This is the quintessential comfort food. It is sure to brighten any cold day or put a positive spin at the end of a tough work week.




  • 750 grams of mutton shoulder, trimmed of fat and cut into small pieces
  • 3 carrots, cut into small chunks
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • ½ cup green olives, pitted and unstuffed
  • ½ cup dried apricot halves
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
  • 1 ½ teaspoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoons ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoons ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup couscous
  • Lemons wedges for garnish


  1. Sear mutton meat on the stove in a skillet with a little cooking oil over a medium flame. This step locks in the flavor of the mutton bringing out its full flavor. Brown for 1 minute on all sides then remove from skillet.
  2. Place the mutton meat in a slow cooker. Add in the carrot pieces, onion, garlic, olives, apricots, as well as the flour, cumin, cinnamon, paprika, and ginger. Stir.
  3. Salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Add ½ cup water.
  5. Place the lid on the cooker and cook either on high for 5 hours or on the low temperature for 8 hours.
  6. mutton and vegetables will be tender when the meal is done.
  7. Cook the couscous according to its directions.
  8. When the mutton and couscous are done, serve the mutton on top of the couscous with lemon wedges on the side for added flavor and enjoy.

Instead of the couscous, you can serve it with white or brown rice. You can even serve it with pasta and crusty bread instead of rice. This delicious recipe is very versatile and can be served with many of your favorite side dishes.

It is wonderful when served with a salad or steamed vegetables on the side. For beverages, any of your personal preferences are fine. Serve it with a fine wine or with tea, milk or soda. The choice is yours and anything you choose will taste great.

Store leftovers in a covered container in your refrigerator. They store very well and when reheated, they are even more tasty than when originally served as the flavors marry even stronger.

Prepare this recipe and reheat from more than one meal during the week. It also freezes very well and can stay stored in the freezer for up to one month. Simply take it out and heat it up whenever you desire.