Sweet Potato & Chickpea Tajine


chickpea & sweet potato tajine

Sweet Potato & Chickpea Tajine

A tajine is just the Moroccan version of a stew. They come in all sorts of varieties but I particularly love this combo of chickpeas and sweet potato. The spices really bring this dish to life. If you can get your hands on the Moroccan spice blend ‘ras el hanout’ that’s great but if not see the variations for alternatives.

takes: 20 minutes
makes: enough for 2

1 can chickpeas (400g / 14oz), drained
1 tablespoon ras el hanout (or see variations below)
1 can tomatoes (400g / 14oz)
2 small sweet potato, roasted (450g)
1 bunch coriander (cilantro)

1. Heat a medium pot on a medium heat. Add a little oil and cook chickpeas for a few minutes.

2. Add spice and cook another minute.

3. Add tomatoes simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes or until the sauce is reduced and thickened slightly.

4. Chop the sweet potato into chunks and add to the pot. Allow to warm through. Taste. Season.

5. Cool and store or serve with coriander on top.


to roast sweet potato – scrub and pop in the oven whole (200C / 400F) for 40-60 minutes or until super soft.

no roasted sweet potato? – replace with raw sweet potato cut into chunks. Simmer in the sauce with the lid on for 30 minutes or until sweet potato is cooked.

no ras el hanout? – replace with 1 tablespoon baharat (lebanese spice blend) or 1 teaspoon each of ground turmeric, coriander and ginger.

home cooked chickpeas – soak and cook chickpeas using the method for a big pot of beans. You’ll need 240g (9oz) cooked chickpeas.

different legumes – replace chickpeas with 240g (9oz) cooked or canned lentils or beans.

different herbs – mint or basil are also lovely here. Or use baby spinach or some salad for the greenery.

more veg – feel free to add in whatever veg you feel like. If they need cooking, allow extra time to simmer in the sauce with the lid on.

more protein – serve with toasted pine nuts or almonds. Some cooked chicken or sausages can also be a nice addition.

more authentic – add in 1/4 preserved lemon finely sliced.

short on time – replace sweet potato with an extra can chickpeas. Simmer 5mins.

carnivore – add chopped chicken breasts or thighs and simmer until cooked through.

carb lovers / more substantial
– serve with couscous.

paleo (grain, legume & dairy-free) – replace chickpeas with chicken thighs.

Reheating Guidelines

Place in a saucepan and reheat over a medium heat, stirring every few minutes. Or pop in the oven with a lid on for 15 minutes or so (180C / 350F).
If it is a little dry, add a splash of water or some extra virgin olive oil.

Serving Suggestions

simple meal – Great with the herbs on top as a meal on its own.

carb lovers – serve on a bed of couscous cooked according to the packet or with steamed rice or warm flat bread.

carnivore – serve as a side to roast, pan fried or grilled meat. Great with chicken or spicy sausages.

Storage Best Practices

Store tajine without the coriander in an airtight container. Will keep in the fridge for 3-4 weeks. Wrap coriander leaves in paper towel and store in a plastic bag in the fridge for up to a week.
Easy freeze meal? Tajine without the coriander can be frozen for up to 12 months.

Waste Avoidance Strategy

chickpeas, ras el hanout, tomatoes – pantry.

roast sweet potato – will keep in the fridge for a few weeks. OK to freeze.

coriander (cilantro) – best to use for another meal. Can be frozen but will wilt when defrosted.

Problem Solving Guide

bland – be generous with the salt and pepper and possibly add a little more spice.

sharp / too much tomato – simmer for a little longer or add in a good drizzle of olive oil or some butter to soften the acid.

sweet potato falling apart – roast sweet potato can be quite mushy, next time be more gentle once the sweet potato is added.


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Jenny Carlin July 20, 2016

Yum! I’m eating this as I’m typing. I added a cup of thawed cauliflower (frozen florets from a bag), about 1/3 teaspoon of salt, some pepper and cayenne, and a bit of freeze dried basil as I’m out of fresh cilantro, and it’s delicious. It’s funny – I found this recipe about 4 months ago, and bought the ras el hanout spice. I have been staring at the jar for months wondering what recipe I had purchased it for, when I stumbled upon the recipe again. First recipe moving to My Favs!


jules July 28, 2016

Awesome Jenny! So glad you liked it 🙂


Susan Stone June 24, 2016

This sounds delicious, though I’m not certain my husband would appreciate it. I think it would be nice with Greek yogurt, also, which would add some good protein to make a simple meal that would work for us.


jules June 30, 2016

If I was serving this for my Irishman Susan I’d either add some chicken or chorizo (or other spicy sausage) to keep him happy 🙂


Susan Stone July 31, 2017

Chicken sounds like traditional Moroccan, but I like the idea of chorizo or longaniza (another Mexican sausage which I find because I live on the border with Mexico). I also just found what sounds like a good recipe for Ras El Hanout (http://www.food.com/recipe/ras-el-hanout-moroccan-spice-mix-262189) if anyone is interested.


jules August 2, 2017

Thanks for sharing Susan!


Niki Kenny June 22, 2016

Simple and delicious – love this recipe.


jules June 23, 2016

Me too Niki!


Sharon Bryce March 9, 2016

Easy Peasy and tastes good. Teenaged kids approve. This is a regular now.


jules March 11, 2016

Great Sharon!
if only I could get my toddler eating chickpeas (he picks out the sweet potato)


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