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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

This Beef Shawarma comes from Lebanon and it has everything you need. Tender meat, veggies, and a splendid Tarator sauce!
Cuisine Lebanese
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 881kcal
Author CookingTheGlobe


For the meat:

  • 1 lb (450g) beef sirloin
  • 1 medium onion , finely chopped
  • ½ tablespoon garlic paste
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • dash of salt
  • 6 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil , divided

For the sauce:

  • 4 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup tahini
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 is adapted from Taste of Beirut by Joumana Accad


Calories: 881kcal