Greek-Style Walking Taco with Ground American Lamb

Recipe by 

"Homemade"

Prep Time

15 min

Cook Time

10  min

Total Time

25 min

Servings

4

lamb loin chops with cucumber mint salad and sweet and smoky tahini

Ingredients

For the Tacos:

  • 1 lb ground American Lamb

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves or 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 cup diced cucumber

  • 1 cup diced tomatoes

  • 1 cup diced cucumber

  • 1/4 cup diced red onion

  • Zest of one lemon

  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, divided

  • 6 individual bags pita chips or about 4 cups

  • 1 cup Tzatziki sauce

Directions

1. Heat pan and add aromatics:

Heat extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add minced garlic and cumin seeds and cook for about 1 minute until fragrant.

2.Cook lamb:

Add ground American Lamb to the skillet, breaking it apart with a spoon. Season the lamb with salt, fresh ground pepper and oregano.  

Cook until browned and cooked through, about 5-7 minutes.

Remove the skillet from heat and set aside.

3. Prepare toppings:

In a large mixing bowl, combine diced cucumber, diced tomatoes, red onion, lemon zest and juice, herbs, 2 tablespoons olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.  Fold in ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese. 

Toss gently to combine.

4. Assemble tacos:

To assemble the walking tacos, open and fold down the individual bags of pita chips. 

Spoon the cooked ground lamb mixture over the pita chips in each bag. Top the lamb with the prepared Greek salad mixture, a dollop of tzatziki sauce, more feta and fresh herbs.

5. Serve:

Serve immediately with lemon wedges on the side for squeezing over the tacos, if desired.

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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