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Slow Cooker Harissa Lamb Tacos

Slow Cooker Harissa Lamb Tacos- Delicious Slow Cooked Lamb smothered in fun and flavorful harissa sauce and served with an easy avocado smash, fresh pomegranate salsa, and crunchy jicama sticks. Enjoy these mouthwatering lamb tacos with your family for Sunday night dinner or surprise your friends during the next big game.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 hrs
Total Time10 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 639kcal

Ingredients

For the Slow Cooker Harissa Lamb

  • 4 pounds lamb leg, shank, sirloin
  • 6 tablespoon harissa paste divided (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 yellow onions thinly sliced
  • 1.5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • fresh chopped cilantro for serving, optional

For the Pomegranate Salsa

  • 1 small red onion minced
  • 1 cup green onion chopped
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro roughly chopped
  • 1.5 cups pomegranate arils
  • 3 oranges peeled and chopped
  • 1 lime juiced

For the Tacos

  • Tortillas
  • 3 large avocados
  • 1 large lime plus more for serving
  • 1 large jicama peeled and cut into matchsticks

Instructions

For the Slow Cooker Harissa Lamb

  • Rub the entire surface of the lamb with 2 tablespoons Harissa paste. 
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the lamb to the skillet and brown on all sides until golden brown, approximately 3-5 minutes on each side. Transfer the lamb to the slow cooker and brush with 2 more tablespoons harissa paste.
  • Return the skillet to medium-high heat and add the sliced onion. Sauté the onions in the lamb grease until they just start to soften, approximately 3 minutes. Stir frequently. 
  • Add the sautéed onions and the chicken broth to the slow cooker and cook on high for 5 hours, or low for 8 hours.
  • Once the lamb has finished cooking, transfer to a clean plate to cool. Scoop out the cooked onions into a large, clean bowl and set aside. Reserve half the cooking juices leftover in the slow cooker and mix with the final two tablespoons harissa paste. *
  • Shred the lamb using two forks (or your hands) and transfer to the bowl with the cooked onions. Pour the broth and harissa mixture over the shredded lamb and gently stir to combine. Top with chopped cilantro and green onion, if desired. Set aside.

For the Pomegranate Salsa

  • To a medium bowl combine the red onion, green onion, cilantro, pomegranate arils, orange, and fresh lime juice. Gently toss to combine. 

For the Tacos

  • Just before serving, add the peeled and pitted avocado to a bowl. Use a fork to smash the avocado until creamy, but not quite smooth. Stir in the juice from one lime and season with salt and pepper, if desired.   
  • Build each taco- start with your favorite tortilla (flour or corn) and a generous layer of avocado. Top each with a scoop of shredded harissa lamb, pomegranate salsa, and jicama sticks. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 639kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 132mg | Sodium: 126mg | Potassium: 817mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 320IU | Vitamin C: 53.5mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 4mg
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