Greek American Lamb Tacos

Prep Time

20 min

Cook Time

10 min

Total Time

30 min

Servings

8 tacos

4 greek lamb tacos scattered

Ingredients

  • 8 mini naan, heated
  • American Lamb Kefta, recipe below
  • Israeli Salad, recipe below
  • Tzatziki, recipe below
  • Chopped parsley or mint, for garnish

Lamb Kefta

  • 1-1/2 pounds ground American Lamb
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, grated or minced
  • 1/2 lemon, zested with microplane zester
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • Kosher salt

Israeli Salad

  • 2 plum tomatoes, peeled, seeds removed, finely diced
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeds removed, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt

Tzatziki

  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Kosher salt

Directions

For the Lamb Kefta: In a medium mixing bowl, combine ground lamb, garlic, onion, lemon zest, mint, coriander, cumin, oregano and cayenne pepper; season generously with salt. Form mixture into 16 mini logs. 

Heat grill or large skillet over medium-high heat. If using skillet, add 1 tablespoon of canola or vegetable oil. Cook lamb Kefta until just cooked through, flipping once halfway through cooking. 

For the Israeli Salad: In a small mixing bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, oil and lemon juice; season with salt. 

For the Tzatziki: Using the smaller side of a box grater, grate cucumber; soak up excess cucumber moisture with paper towels. In a small mixing bowl, combine yogurt, 3 tablespoons grated cucumber, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, garlic, mint and oregano; season with salt. Taste and adjust seasonings (add more lemon juice, etc.) as desired. 

Place 2 Lamb Kefta on each mini naan. Top with Israeli Salad and Tzatziki; garnish with parsley or mint.

USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest

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Visit our Lamb Cooking Time & Temperature page for recipe inspiration and tips on preparing the perfect lamb.
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