Dinner,  Recipes

Slow Cooker Lamb Tagine

I get asked questions quite a bit about the slow cooker so I figured I’d pop my tips/answers below, with a slow cooker lamb tagine recipe at the end. As an added bonus, this recipe actually has a video to match. If this is the kind of thing you like to see please do let me know and I’ll do my best to film some more.

Maybe I should have called this post “why I flipping love my slow cooker”!

Slow Cookers

  • Use up the same energy as a lightbulb, making them extremely cost effective and safe to use (cheaper than an oven or a hob).
  • Are easy to clean as the dish can be lifted out of the metal surround and scrubbed clean.
  • Normally come in 2 sizes – either 3.5L or 6L.
  • I find a 3.5L grand for a family of 5 but larger would be handy for batch-cooking.
  • You can run a slow cooker on timer if you’re going to be out of the house for long periods of time.
  • If your slow cooker doesn’t come with a timer then buy a timer plug in your local hardware store (they’re very inexpensive).
  • Great for tougher and cheaper cuts of meat.
  • Brilliant for soups and stews.
  • You can also make your porridge overnight and even bake cakes in a slow cooker.
  • Slow cookers retain their moisture so no need to add extra water when cooking and you can cook a whole chicken without any added liquid.
  • I bought mine for €14.99 on a special in Lidl 3 years ago and it’s still going strong and in use at least twice a week.

[recipe][recipe title=”Slow Cooker Lamb Tagine” servings=”6″ time=”5 hours 20 mins” difficulty=”easy”]


  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 5/6 dried apricots or figs, chopped
  • 100g soup mix (contains split peas, lentils, barley, and dried peas)
  • 300g lamb pieces (I use a cheap stewing cut as it doesn’t really matter)
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger and garlic paste
  • 1 tin of chickpeas, water included (do not drain)
  • 3 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 100ml water


Mix all your ingredients in a slow cooker. Put the lid on and cook on high for 5 hours. Serve with couscous (cooking instructions are in the video) and sprinkle with chopped fresh herbs. [/recipe]


I'm an Irish mother to 2 boys, born & bred in Dublin, Ireland. I like to cook simple & fresh food for the family, with the family on a budget.


  • Gem

    This was yesterday’s dinner. Waaaay easier than I thought it would be! My butcher likes me and gave me 500g of lamb, so I threw it all in and upped the other ingredients by ratio. I have 2 pots in the freezer now so that’s 2 days of no cooking for me. Woohoo!

    I love the way you pack veggies into your slow cooker meals. No more stressing about whether my family’s getting enough nutrition in a day!

    Thanks a million. I’ll definitely be using this one again!

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