Monday, January 14, 2013

Greek Tacos

There have been several recipes now that I have seen on Jeff Mauro's the Sandwich King that I have made not too long after they aired on the Food Network. This is one of those recipes. I made this once before and Phil said that they tasted pretty spot on to a Gyro that you get in a fast food place. Phil really likes Gyros so I thought this would be a fun recipe to try. I am indifferent about Gyros because I am not a fan of the Tzatziki sauce or the relish, so as you could probably guess the picture is Phil's plate not mine. Oh well, at least he likes most everything, so I can get a decent picture from somewhere and not just meat and cheese that is on my taco. If you are a Gyro fan and you do not have a Gyro spit in your kitchen, then this is a perfect recipe for you.

Greek Tacos
Adapted from Jeff Mauro


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground lamb
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tablespoons dry red wine


1 cucumber
1 cup whole-milk Greek yogurt
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 teaspoon minced garlic

Cucumber Tomato Relish:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 diced tomatoes
1 cucumber, seeded and diced
1/2 red onion, diced
Ground black pepper

Non pocket pitas

For the Tzatziki: Grate the cucumber  on the large holes of a box grater and place in a fine meshed strainer fitted over a bowl. Salt the cucumber and let sit 10 minutes. Then squeeze out any excess moisture. Add the strained cucumber into a bowl with the yogurt, feta, and garlic. Refrigerate, until ready to use.

For the cucumber tomato relish: Toss the olive oil, vinegar, tomatoes, cucumbers and onions in a bowl and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Cover and let set at least one hour for the flavors to blend together.

For the lamb: In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the lamb, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook until the meat gets nice and golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Lower the heat to medium and add the oregano and garlic and cook until fragrant. Add tomato paste and red wine and scrape any bits up that have adhered to the pan. Stir to combine.

Assembles tacos and enjoy.

This recipe is linked on: Mix it Up MondaysMelt in your Mouth MondaysOn the Menu Monday,  Makin You Crave MondayYour Creative Time Out Wednesday ExtravaganzaWhat's Cooking WednesdayCast Party WednesdayWhimsy Wednesday


  1. These look very tasty! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  2. That does sound good. Not sure about the lamb though. Might have to substitute something else. Do you think the seasonings would still be OK with beef?

  3. Super delicious! I love that you make the Tzatziki yourself! I grew up with Greek people and they would never ever buy one at the store ;)
    Thank you for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza - can't wait to see the deliciousness you share this week :)