How to make a pound of mince go long way: Simple, Delicious Slow Cooked Lamb Tagine


One of my favourite slow cooker recipes, this delicious Lamb Tagine is simple to prepare and makes 1 lb of mince go a long way. It’s great to freeze in portions for some easy, healthy ready meals.

I got this recipe from a book called Ultimate Slow Cooker by Sara Lewis and just tweaked it slightly to suit me.

It’s a one pot meal – doesn’t really require any accompaniment unless you fancy some greens!  Coming home to this after a hard and hilly 2.5hr bike ride was emotional!

Lamb is high in protein and B vitamins helping the body to release energy from food and boosting nervous system function and vision.

Butternut Squash is high in fibre, potassium and Vitamins A and C, boosting heart health, bone health and the immune system.

This recipe is:

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Snip 13Omit the lamb and use a good mix of root vegetables such as turnip, swede, sweet potato as well as celery.  30 minutes before eating add frozen peas and broadbeans.

Slow Cooked Lamb Tagine (serves 6 – 8)


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb Lamb Mince
  • 1 tsp Asafoetida or a chopped onion if you don’t mind eating onion (see my article on bloating here)
  • 2 tbsp lazy ginger or 1 inch root ginger chopped
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 2 heaped tsp arrowroot or cornflour
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 pint stock
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 10 oz new potatoes scrubbed and halved
  • 10 oz butternut squash chopped
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 oz dried apricots chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Put the vegetables and potatoes in the slow cooker
  2. Heat the oil in a frying pan and brown the mince (and onion if using).
  3. Stir in the Asafoetida, ginger spices and arrowroot or cornflour, then add the tomatoes and tomato puree and stock.  Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Bring to the boil and then transfer to the slow cooker
  5. Cover with the lid and cook on low or auto for 8-10 hrs
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