What’s For Dinner Moroccan Beef & Date Tagine

I got few goodies at the Eatout Foodnetwork Awards including several packets of the Knorr Stock Pots.  Luckily, they were given away freely with recipes to try out including the Moroccan Beef and Date Tagine.

I’ve owned a tagine for two years now and never actually used it.  So when I saw this recipe I thought here’s an excuse.  Luckily, I happened to have all the ingredients used in the recipe.  The chilly weather is upon us a

One thing, the recipe was easy to prepare and I got to relax and do other things while it was simmering away.  The aroma coming from the kitchen was enticing.  It reminds me of the rural areas, when you are cooking and the food smells amazing the neighbours would come and “ask for salt” or just say “hi” and stay until its dishing up time.  Umntu azocela nje ityuwa angaze ahambe de kuyophakwa!  Ababantu bashendelayo!  LOL!  I served the dish with rice.  The end results were delicious and my kids (brother and nephew) loved it! I also love that the recipe doesn’t have salt in it and judging from the taste it is not necessary.

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What’s For Dinner’s Morrocan Beef & Date Tagine

 Serves: 4

15ml cooking oil

700g beef cubes

1 onion, sliced

1 garlic clove, crushed

10ml Robertson Paprika

5ml Robertson Ginger

10ml Robertson Cumin

2 large carrots, peeled and sliced into thick rounds

1 tin, (410g) chopped tomatoes

250ml water

1 Knorr Beef Stock Pot

250ml pitted dates, roughly chopped


  1. Heat the oil in a heavy based casserole or tagine pot and fry the beef cubes in batches until well browned.  Remove from the pot and set aside.
  2. Fry the onion until soft hen add the garlic and Robertson spices and fry for 2 minutes stirring continuously.
  3. Add the carrots, tinned tomatoes, water, Knorr Beef Stock Pot and chopped dates.
  4. Return the browned beef to the pot.
  5. Stir well and simmer covered for 90 minutes or until the beef is tender, stirring occasionally.
  6. Serve with cous cous mixed with fresh, chopped coriander and toasted flaked almonds.

About Author


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

Comments ( 4 )

  • Thuli, this sounds delicious!! I love the dates in the recipe – definitely a winning recipe for winter!

  • Flee

    OOOhh wow, the man would go bonkers for this. Do you think it might work in a slow cooker as I don’t have a Tagine ??

    • Hi Flee! Nice seeing you come back again! 🙂 I haven’t tried it but I’m sure you can use a slow cooker.

      • Flee

        Hi Thuli….. Thanks so much, and Nice seeing your meaty posts which my man will demolish. Ill give it a bash some time and will let you know

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