Slow Cooker Moroccan Stew

By Katie, 5:13 am

Have you ever stopped and thought about how your tastes have changed over the years?

While there are some foods I have always loved (sweet potatoes, chocolate) and some foods I will probably always detest (coconut, mayonnaise), in many ways my edible preferences are constantly evolving. Just two years ago I ignorantly made Moroccan-style carrots as a side dish and then refused to eat them because the mere smell of the cumin grossed me out.

Since then I’ve grown to love trying new cuisines and spices and flavor profiles. And I’ve found that once I get over the initial shock of a taste or smell that is unfamiliar to me, I can learn to truly appreciate and enjoy it. Proof: I went a little crazy over this cumin-spiked Moroccan Stew.

The stew’s bulk and texture come from butternut squash, carrots, and chickpeas. The flavor comes from cinnamon, cumin, and red pepper flakes. And the simplicity comes from your Slow Cooker, making this a winter winner! ;-)

I know what you’re thinking, and yes, bowl-lickage did occur. 8-)

Slow Cooker Moroccan Stew
from SparkRecipes
Makes 4-6 servings

olive oil cooking spray (or a swirl of olive oil)
1 small onion, chopped
1 tsp minced garlic (or one clove)
1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed
2 medium carrots, cut into medium-sized coins
1 cup canned crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1/2 tsp salt

1. Heat a small saute pan over medium-heat. Coat with cooking spray or olive oil.

2. Add onion and garlic; saute for 5 minutes.

3. Add squash, onion, garlic, carrots, tomatoes, broth, cinnamon, cumin, and red pepper flakes to slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours.

4. Add chickpeas and salt. Stir, cover, and cook for another 5 minutes or until chickpeas are heated through.

Is there a food or flavor you used to hate but now you love? Like I said, I’ve gone from gagging at the smell of cumin to licking it from my bowl!

AND, just out of curiosity…

Do you say “slow cooker” or “crock pot”? I grew up hearing my mom say “crock pot,” but for some reason I switched over to “slow cooker.”

31 Responses to “Slow Cooker Moroccan Stew”

  1. Karen says:

    There are so many foods that I never liked as a child that I now love…mushrooms, onions, peppers, coffee!

    I say crock pot! Using the crock pot today to make some beef stew!

  2. Lauren says:

    This soup is one of my favorites! I need to try to make it in a slow cooker now.

  3. Yum, that looks delish!

    I say crock pot. There is no difference between the two, it is just that the Crock-Pot brand was the first electric version of the slow cooker. :D

    (random useless information)

  4. Sarah says:

    This is one of my favorite Sparkpeople recipes :) I make it all the time from memory. I actually have some in freezer from a couple weeks ago!!

  5. I call it a “crock pot” but my husband calls it a “mush cooker.” I guess I need some better recipes. ;)

  6. I’m the exact same way, have ALWAYS hated mayo and coconut! My family gives me such a hard time though about never knowing what to cook me when I come visit because one day I’ll eat something and the next I won’t…like mushrooms! It was one of my first words when I was a kid (I’d even eat them straight out of a can!) but somewhere along the line I adamantly refused to touch them…now I throw ‘em on everything again! Lately though I’m just trying out foods I never used to like with the assumption that this time around I’ll like it – it’s getting me to eat and enjoy a lot more foods than I ever thought I would!

  7. Sarah says:

    Your recipe is full of so many foods I love! My husband will probably not go for it because of the butternut squash, but that just means more for me.
    I tend to say “crock pot,” but I think “slow cooker” sounds more gourmet:-).

  8. My tastes have definitely changed over the years and certainly to a more adventurous side. Although after my 1st pregnancy my tastes changed to like things like ketchup, cake, and beef which I used to always hate, but now love.

  9. christina says:

    that is an awesome recipe!

  10. it’s all about crock pot baby :) but when i google crock pot recipes i always enter ‘slow cooker’…weird, i know!

  11. I say crock pot–I think that is the brand of crock pot I have. (I also call all lip balm chapstick and all facial tissue Kleenex.)

    Mmm I know what I’m going to make in my slow cooker next weekend. This weekend is always taken up with chicken and salsa cooked all day.

  12. Pat says:

    I agree with you about tastes changing! This looks delicious and am going to give it a try this week! (in my crockpot!)(cause that’s what it says on the side of it :) )

  13. I say crock pot, I think:)

  14. Holly says:

    WOW – this looks SO GOOD! I had Moroccan meatballs a few months ago and LOVED the flavor. I’m copying this recipe now – thanks for sharing!

    I used to hate all things vegetable….cucumbers, brocoli, peppers…now, I find myself CRAVING them. And I say crock pot, for some reason!

  15. Stephanie says:

    Baked beans and raw carrots for me…I hated those when I was growing up, and suddenly I like them. And I totally hear you on the cumin thing – in fact, I think on Hell’s Kitchen one of the guest judges/chefs mentioned it smells like BO! LOL

    Crock Pot all the way!

  16. Lisa says:

    I say “crockpot.”
    That looks delicious! I love Moroccan food.

  17. Carri says:

    I say “crockpot”. That looks fantastic. I don’t think anyone else in my house will eat it, but I’m going to make it and stock up my freezer. It should freeze ok, right?

  18. Katie says:

    Always called it a crock pot…kind of like “band-aid”- a brand name that turns into the most used name. Called a genericized trademark according to wikipedia:

    I always think those are so interesting to think of.

    It’s funny how your tastes do change over time. Some things I used to have I now love and vice versa. For instance, I now dislike chocolate but am starting to like Mexican food.

  19. Salah says:

    mmmmm that stew looks so yummy!!!!

  20. The stew! It looks delicious. I actually have cumin and didn’t think to add it when I made a similar one last week. Next time I make it I’ll add a little in. Wish we had a crock pot (yep, that’s what I grew up calling it in Michigan) but we just don’t have room in our apartment. One day!

    • Katie says:

      It really does take up a ridiculous amount of room. I have a decent-sized apartment and I can still barely fit it!

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