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Spiced Ground Lamb Pita Recipe

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Spiced Ground Lamb Pita Recipe take your favorite Mediterranean inspired ingredients and pairs them up with ground lamb. The ground lamb is cooked in rich, warm spices that works nicely with the cool, creamy tzatziki sauce. Spread the tzatziki sauce on a pita, top with feta and the Greek style topping and enjoy this Mediterranean style taco! 

Spiced Ground Lamb Pita Recipe on a pita with tzatziki.

SPICED GROUND LAMB PITA RECIPE

You guys have loved my recipe for this Spiced Beef with Hummus and Toasted Pine Nuts recipe so today I wanted to share a version using lamb. 

I often rotate between this Spiced Ground Lamb Pita Recipe, Braised Lamb Shanks, Lamb Kofta and these Mediterranean Zucchini Boats when I want to make lamb.  

I love this recipe because of the warm spices that are mixed with the ground lamb.

It works so well together and also is perfect served over hummus

You can add all kinds of toppings to this pita recipe. I often will serve a salad alongside the pita but also top the pita with that salad. Some I like to make are this Easy Lebanese Salad, Israeli Salad or this Persian Tomato Cucumber Salad

WHAT INGREDIENTS YOU NEED FOR THIS SPICED GROUND LAMB PITA RECIPE?

FOR THE SPICED GROUND LAMB:

  • GROUND LAMB

  • SWEET RED ONION

  • GARLIC

  • SPICES: PAPRIKA, OREGANO, THYME, CINNAMON, ALLSPICE, CLOVE, CAYENNE PEPPER

  • PITA BREAD

  • TZATZIKI

  • FETA CHEESE

  • PINE NUTS

Spiced Ground Lamb Pita Recipe lamb in a pita.

HOW DO YOU MAKE SPICED GROUND LAMB?

FOR THE LAMB:

In a large skillet heat the olive oil {or ghee} over medium high heat.

Add the onion and garlic and saute until the onion is translucent. Add the ground lamb and turn to medium heat.

Use a wooden spoon to break apart the ground lamb and let it begin to cook.

Add the paprika, oregano, thyme, cinnamon, allspice, clove and cayenne pepper to the lamb and continue to cook until the lamb is cooked through and no pink is left.

Remove from the stove and drain excess fat.

Spiced Ground Lamb Pita Recipe pitas on a cutting board.

FOR THE PITAS:

On a large cutting board lay out your pita bread or flatbread.

Spread an even layer of tzatziki on each pita. Layer on the lamb, feta cheese and top with the Greek topping. You also can add pine nuts {opptional}.

Spiced Ground Lamb Pita Recipe pita with lamb on it.

WAYS TO USE THIS GROUND LAMB

GRAIN BOWLS: Grain bowls are a nice way to use this lamb. Some bowls you could sub lamb into are this Chicken Shawarma Bowl, Greek Quinoa Bowl or this Slow Cooker Cuban Pork Rice Bowls.

TACOS: This ground lamb would be great in tacos with either Mediterranean inspired ingredients or regular Mexican style tacos. You could add these Quick Pickled Red Onions or this Mexican Street Corn Salad.

HUMMUS BOWLS: I love adding ground lamb to hummus bowls. You can sub the lamb into this Shredded Beef Hummus Bowl or this Easy Mediterranean Hummus Bowl.

Another option is to add it to this Hummus Platter.

If you want to make your own hummus try this Lebanese Hummus Recipe, Lemon Hummus Recipe or Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

PITA PITZA: Another nice way to use this spiced lamb is on this Chicken Feta Cheddar Pita Pitza, Spiced Beef and Hummus Pita Pitza or this Greek Pita Pitza.

SALADS: Another nice way to use ground lamb is salads. Some of my favorites that you could add it to is this Easy Lebanese Salad, Fattoush Salad, Mediterranean Bean Salad, Tomato Cucumber Feta Quinoa Salad and this Mediterranean Eggplant Salad.

Spiced Ground Lamb Pita Recipe with Greek topping. 

WHAT TO SERVE WITH THIS GROUND LAMB RECIPE:

There are a lot of great Mediterranean sides and salads to serve with this lamb.

SALADS: Some salads I love to serve with this recipe is this Mediterranean Lentil Salad, Persian Tomato Cucumber Salad, Greek Village Salad and Lebanese Tabbouleh

SIDES: When it comes to sides try serving these Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables, 4 Ingredient Cheesy Orzo Recipe, Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower or this Lemon Herb Couscous.

POTATOES: Potatoes would be a nice addition to this dish. Try these Spicy Lebanese Potatoes, Lemon Cilantro Potatoes or these Paprika Roasted Potatoes.

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Spiced Ground Lamb Pita Recipe lamb in a pita.

Spiced Ground Lamb Pita Recipe

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Spiced Ground Lamb Pita Recipe take your favorite Mediterranean inspired ingredients and pairs them up with ground lamb. The ground lamb is cooked in rich, warm spices that works nicely with the cool, creamy tzatziki sauce. Spread the tzatziki sauce on a pita, top with feta and the Greek style topping and enjoy this Mediterranean style taco! 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of ground lamb, cooked and drained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 of a sweet or red onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper {optional}
  • Pita bread or flatbread
  • 1 cup of tzatziki sauce, store-bought or homemade
  • Feta cheese for garnish
  • Pine nuts {optional}

FOR THE GREEK STYLE TOPPING

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup english cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 of a lemon, juiced

Instructions

    FOR THE LAMB:
    In a large skillet heat the olive oil {or ghee} over medium high heat.

    Add the onion and garlic and saute until the onion is translucent. Add the ground lamb and turn to medium heat.

    Use a wooden spoon to break apart the ground lamb and let it begin to cook.

    Add the paprika, oregano, thyme, cinnamon, allspice, clove and cayenne pepper to the lamb and continue to cook until the lamb is cooked through and no pink is left.

    Remove from the stove and drain excess fat.

    FOR THE TACOS:

    On a large cutting board lay out your pita bread or flatbread.

    Spread an even layer of tzatziki on each pita. Layer on the lamb, feta cheese and top with the Greek topping. You also can add pine nuts {opptional}.

    Serve with a side of tzatziki sauce.

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Hannah

Monday 2nd of May 2022

This is incredible. I crave it even half an hour after eating it! The flavors are amazing - even my five year old enjoyed it (wrapped in foil 'cause pita-holding takes skill haha).

Julia

Tuesday 3rd of May 2022

Thank you! I hope you enjoy it.

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