Lebanon

Lebanese Beef Shawarma with Tarator Sauce

July 11, 2016

This Lebanese Beef Shawarma features tender meat, veggies, and a magical tahini based Tarator sauce. Perfect healthy on the go meal!

This Lebanese Beef Shawarma has everything you need: the tender meat, veggies, and the amazing tahini sauce. All this goodness wrapped in a pita bread. Perfection!

I am always excited to feature a new country on the blog. The feeling of exploring a new cuisine is fantastic! You can call me a world cuisine addict, because I surely look like one when something exotic and never tasted before is sizzling in a pan. I am not even talking about the moment when the cooked food touches my taste buds. Pure enjoyment!

This Lebanese Beef Shawarma has everything you need: the tender meat, veggies, and the amazing tahini sauce. All this goodness wrapped in a pita bread. Perfection!

Today I invite you to take a sneak peek of the Lebanese cuisine. For those of you who don’t know, Lebanon is a Middle Eastern country with rich culinary traditions. I’ve chosen to make one of the most popular Lebanese dishes – Shawarma. Other names include Shawerma, Schwarma, Shwarma, to name a few.Β  It’s a very popular street food in Lebanon and many other Middle Eastern countries (just like falafel). It is said that the homeland of Shawarma is Turkey and it was brought to other countries by the Ottoman Empire (it’s the Turkish empire which existed a hundred years ago). Basically, Shawarma is a sandwich: meat, veggies and sauce are wrapped in a pita bread or lavash to create a mind-blowing experience. You can call it a Middle Eastern fast food.

This Lebanese Beef Shawarma has everything you need: the tender meat, veggies, and the amazing tahini sauce. All this goodness wrapped in a pita bread. Perfection!

This Lebanese sandwich can be made with various kinds of meats: chicken, lamb, beef, turkey, veal, and others. My choice stopped on a beef Shawarma this time. Traditionally, in street food stalls and local restaurants, Shawarma is made by placing the meat or a mix of few meats on a vertical spit and grilling it for hours. Wikipedia says that even the name Shawarma comes from the Turkish Γ§evirme, which means ‘turning’. For every sandwich some meat is shredded while the remaining meat keeps grilling until the other client comes. Obviously, it is impossible, or possible but not very realistic, to replicate the authentic cooking method at home. Don’t worry though, the beef Shawarma we are going to make using a simple pan is as good!

This Lebanese Beef Shawarma has everything you need: the tender meat, veggies, and the amazing tahini sauce. All this goodness wrapped in a pita bread. Perfection!

A very important part of Shawarma is a sauce. You can use any sauce you want, but I made the traditional tahini based Tarator sauce popular in Lebanon and other surrounding countries. Don’t confuse it with Tartar, it’s not the same! Actually, these two sauces are not even alike. Tarator is pretty simple, and requires only tahini, garlic, lemon juice and parsley. But it’s so GOOD! You can use this sauce on pretty much anything: all kinds of meats, seafood, veggies. I adapted the sauce recipe from Saveur. Thanks to them!

This Lebanese Beef Shawarma has everything you need: the tender meat, veggies, and the amazing tahini sauce. All this goodness wrapped in a pita bread. Perfection!

This beef Shawarma has everything you need: flavorful marinated meat, veggies, and the fantastic sauce. The end result is a juicy, amazingly delicious sandwich. Perfect on the go meal!

5 from 10 votes
This Lebanese Beef Shawarma has everything you need: the tender meat, veggies, and the amazing tahini sauce. All this goodness wrapped in a pita bread. Perfection!
Lebanese Beef Shawarma with Tarator Sauce
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

This Beef Shawarma comes from Lebanon and it has everything you need. Tender meat, veggies, and a splendid Tarator sauce!

Cuisine: Lebanese
Servings: 4 people
Calories Per Serving: 881 kcal
Author: CookingTheGlobe
Ingredients
For the meat:
  • 1 lb (450g) beef sirloin
  • 1 medium onion , finely chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • dash of salt
  • 6 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil , divided
For the sauce:
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • salt , to taste
For the assembly:
  • 4 pita breads or lavash, if you can get it
  • 3 medium tomatoes , sliced
  • pickles
Instructions
  1. The meat. Cut the meat into thin, long pieces (about 2 inches long). It will be easier to cut it if you put it in the freezer 30 minutes in advance. Place the beef strips into a bowl together with the onion and garlic. Add the black pepper, cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, nutmeg, and salt and toss to combine.
  2. In another small bowl, whisk together the vinegar and 6 tablespoons olive oil. Add to the meat. Cover and marinate for at least 3-4 hours (24h is better) in the fridge.
  3. Remove the meat from the bowl and dry on paper towels. Discard the marinade. Heat the remaining 4 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and fry the meat for 3-5 minutes.
  4. The sauce. Add the garlic to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add the tahini, lemon juice, parsley, and 3 tablespoons water and pulse again to combine. Season with salt.
  5. The assembly. Split open the pita bread and add some meat slices, tomato slices, pickles, and the Tarator sauce inside. Repeat with remaining sandwiches. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Recipe is adapted from Taste of Beirut by Joumana Accad

 

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32 Comments

  • Reply Claudia | Gourmet Project July 12, 2016 at 6:23 am

    I love shawarma! I could have a dozen of this delicious rolls. Pinning the recipe right away, I must try it this week ?

    • Reply Igor July 23, 2016 at 6:30 am

      I totally agree with you, Claudia. I could eat them every single day!

  • Reply Razena | Tantalisemytastebuds.com July 12, 2016 at 8:02 am

    OMG!!! Your schwarma looks better than many I’ve seen sold in restaurants and cafes. Will give it a go soon!

    • Reply Igor July 23, 2016 at 6:28 am

      Thank you for such kind words, Razena! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jagruti July 12, 2016 at 8:30 am

    Surely I can make this recipe vegetarian..:)

    • Reply Igor July 22, 2016 at 8:42 am

      I think you can, Jagruti!

  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy July 12, 2016 at 10:16 am

    We love Lebanese food and we have a fantastic Lebanese restaurant near us. I need to try making it myself though.

    • Reply Igor July 22, 2016 at 8:43 am

      I envy you so much, because we don’t have any Lebanese restaurant not only nearby, but in all the country at all. I would love to try more of Lebanese food!

  • Reply Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs July 12, 2016 at 10:52 am

    I loveeeeeeee Lebanese food and particularly shawarma but I’ve NEVER had it with beef before. Definitely giving this recipe a try πŸ™‚

    • Reply Igor July 22, 2016 at 8:43 am

      Emma, you will love it. I don’t even know which one I love more, the version with chicken or with beef πŸ™‚

  • Reply Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours July 12, 2016 at 10:56 am

    I love shawarma – so easy to make and so adaptable too. As well as really relatively healthy.

    • Reply Igor July 22, 2016 at 8:44 am

      Helen, yes! It’s fast food but like a better and healthier version of it πŸ™‚

  • Reply Florentina July 12, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Love the presentation of this dish. Must make it for my husband asap. Looks amazing!

    • Reply Igor July 22, 2016 at 8:45 am

      Florentina, I am one hundred percent sure your husband will love it πŸ™‚

  • Reply Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine July 13, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Such a great hearty wrap! Perfect lunch or dinner!

    • Reply Igor July 22, 2016 at 8:45 am

      Rebecca, it is perfect! Thanks for the comment! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Bintu - Recipes From A Pantry July 13, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    I think Lebanese food is very under rated. This recipe looks like a tasty lunch dish.

    • Reply Igor July 22, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Bintu, many people just don’t know about it. I myself learned about the Lebanese cuisine not a long time ago πŸ™‚

  • Reply GiGi Eats July 22, 2016 at 4:05 am

    Shwarma is hands down the best thing on the face of the planet. I am so so so so so obsessed. Specifically with Chicken Shawarma, UGH SO GOOD

    • Reply Igor July 22, 2016 at 8:47 am

      Gigi, I fully agree with you! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Molly Kumar August 8, 2016 at 2:24 am

    WoW, this looks Gorgeous n so easy to make, will definitely give this a try.

    • Reply Igor August 15, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      And it’s so good!

  • Reply Farida August 15, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Oh you’ve nailed it Igor, but I must say your looks like a gourmet one!

    • Reply Igor August 15, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      Thank you for the kind words, Farida! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Hadia March 7, 2017 at 2:28 am

    Igor, I am so happy to see a shawarma recipe over here! I have been looking at your Cooking The Globe (blog) pinterest board, and I tell you, I am beyond impressed! Join our pinterest board if you like. Have a fabulous day! https://www.pinterest.com/hadiascuisine/yummy-and-more/

    • Reply Igor March 26, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Thanks, Hadia! I will surely check out your Pinterest board πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Amal July 13, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Do you have a recipe with chicken and not
    beef

    • Reply Igor July 16, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      Unfortunately not but it’s a great idea πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Ammany February 24, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks for the recipe. My picky children wiped their plates clean. Absolutely delicious!

    • Reply Igor February 25, 2018 at 8:28 pm

      It’s the best compliment when kids love something. Thank you!

  • Reply Danni Eldred April 5, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Should the pickles be sour or sweet? Thank you, can’t wait to try this.

    • Reply Igor April 13, 2018 at 2:23 pm

      I think it depends on your preference. I always use sour ones πŸ™‚

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