Greek Beef Pitas Greek Beef Pitas

Greek Beef Pitas | Food styling by Claire Stubbs | Prop styling by Lara McGraw Image by: Maya Visnyei

To spice up the beef, add about 1/4-1/2 tsp of cayenne for some heat. If you're not a fan of beef, ground lamb will taste just as delicious. Be sure to add sliced green chilies for an extra boost of flavour.

  • Total time 20 minutes
  • Portion size 4 servings

Ingredients

Easy Tzatziki:
  • Quarter English cucumber , seeded
  • 1 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Pitas:
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 454 g lean ground beef
  • Half red onion , chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley or fresh mint
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 Greek-style pitas , lightly toasted
  • 16 cherry tomatoes , halved
  • 2 cups packed baby spinach or baby kale

Method

Easy Tzatziki: Grate cucumber; wrap in clean tea towel, then squeeze to remove excess liquid. In small bowl, stir together cucumber, yogurt, garlic powder and lemon juice. Set aside.

Pitas: In large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; sauté beef, red onion, garlic powder, oregano, lemon zest, salt and pepper, breaking up with spoon, until beef is no longer pink, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in parsley and lemon juice. 

Spread each pita with Easy Tzatziki; top each with beef mixture, tomatoes and spinach. Season with salt to taste. Serve warm. 

Test Kitchen Tip: For a flavour boost, add chopped olives.

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Fibre 5 g
  • Sodium 999 mg
  • Sugars 7 g
  • Protein 40 g
  • Calories 626
  • Total fat 20 g
  • Potassium 844 mg
  • Cholesterol 71 mg
  • Saturated fat 7 g
  • Total carbohydrate 72 g

%RDI

  • Iron 46
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 54
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 30
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 22
  • Vitamin C 27
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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