Mediterranean Style Ground Lamb

A wholesome, quick and easy ground lamb dish, this Mediterranean style ground lamb is tangy and salty with a rich, earthy taste. This dish is delicious when served in a warm pita bread alongside toppings such as avocado or tahini, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, and more.

Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes – Cooking Time: 20 minutes – Total Time: 30 minutes

Helpful equipment

  • Large pot


  • 1 lb. ground lamb
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1.5 tsp cumin
  • 1.5 tsp paprika
  • 1.5 tsp sumac (or lemon juice)
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 tbsp. ginger grated
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 4 pressed or minced garlic cloves
  • 1.5 tsp Chinese five spice powder
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 avocado sliced
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp. water
  • Pita breads or similar substitutes


Step 1
In a small bowl, mix together black pepper, cumin, paprika, sumac, salt, Chinese five spice powder, cardamom, and allspice. 

Step 2
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the ground lamb, breaking it into pieces. Discard any excess fat, juices, or impurities that accumulate. Stir in the ginger and garlic, cooking until fragrant.

Step 3
Sprinkle the spice mixture (from Step 1) and chopped cilantro over the lamb. Stir well to incorporate the meat with the ingredients.

Step 4
Pour water into the pot, bring it to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding water to prevent the pot from drying out. Cook until the lamb is tender and has absorbed the liquid.

Step 5
Remove from heat and serve in a warmed pita bread, topped with sliced avocado and any other desired toppings.

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