Beef Tajine Isn’t As Hard As You’d Think

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Tajine or tagine is a Morrocan dish usually made in a clay pot full of meat, sweet dried fruit, and an amazing flavor. This tajine doesn’t require any special ingredients or materials, and is a super hands-off yet delicious dish!


  • 2 pounds of cubed beef shoulder with little fat
  • 1 1/2 pounds of red onion
  • 1 tablespoon of ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon of pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 4-5 saffron threads
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup of dried fruit


  1. Dice up the onions and sauté them in a heavy-bottomed pot until they’re transparent.
  2. Put the cubed beef in along with the ginger, salt, and pepper.
  3. Take the strands out of the cup, pour it into the pot along with 2 more cups of water.
  4. Leave it on low heat for an hour covered.
  5. After an hour, take the lid off, pour in the cinnamon but don’t stir, and put the lid back on for another 1-2 hours until the beef is super tender.
  6. Put the dried fruit in a small bowl of water for 20 minutes before serving.
  7. Serve the tagine with couscous and the dried fruit on top.