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Cajun sweet potato tajine

Cajun Sweet Potato Tajine

This recipe fuses a North African cooking technique with a Louisiana spice blend. It may not seem like the most obvious idea, but with sweet potatoes, it’s absolutely delicious.


  • 2 lbs sweet potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp Cajun Spice
  • 4 allspice berries
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 onion quarters
  • 12 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 6 Tbsp duck fat or olive oil
  • ¼ cup hazelnuts
  • 15 black olives


  1. 1

    Wash sweet potatoes and peel them if they are old. Chop into equal sections.

  2. 2

    Grind spices and mix with salt. Rub the sweet potatoes thoroughly with the mix and place in the Tajine with onion quarters and garlic.

  3. 3

    Stir tomato paste into ½ cup water and pour onto the vegetables with duck fat. Cover and place on medium heat.

  4. 4

    Once liquid begins to form on the bottom of the Tajine, reduce heat to low. Continue cooking until sweet potatoes are tender, 30-40 minutes. Garnish with hazelnuts and olives. Let stand 15 to 30 minutes before serving.

A variation of the Lamb, raisin and cauliflower tajine from The Spice Trekkers Cook at Home