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You might have heard of shawarma, a Middle Eastern food often mentioned with hummus and falafel. This Ultimate Beef Shawarma Sandwich recipe will be your way of enjoying delicious shawarma cooked by you!
Gone are the days of relying on restaurants and food trucks for this yummy wrap. This ultimate beef shawarma sandwich is easy to cook and spice to perfection, with some Tahini sauce in pita bread. Try it now!
The Perfect Beef Shawarma: Now at Your Fingertips!
What is Shawarma?
One of the most recognizable Middle Eastern dishes, Shawarma is beef or chicken that is marinated with spices, olive oil, vinegar, and lemon juice, which is then shredded and wrapped in pita bread.
Many different delicious toppings are also wrapped with your protein of choice, such as pickles, pickled turnips, minced parsley, and tomatoes. Finally, it is topped off with flavorful sauces such as garlic sauce (for chicken shawarma) or tahini sauce (for beef shawarma).
Why You Should Try Making Your Own Ultimate Beef Shawarma Sandwich
Easy and Delicious!
If you are familiar with shawarma in general and beef shawarma to be specific, you would know how extremely delicious it is! It is a common staple in Middle Eastern restaurants, and sometimes you can even find it in food trucks if you are lucky.
As you read ahead, you will see that it is actually so easy to cook it by yourself at home without relying on restaurants or food trucks!
Freshness and Customization!
Also, it tastes so much better knowing you prepared it yourself, and it tastes fresher as well! You can adjust the ingredients and spices to your liking, choose the freshest meats and toppings, and even choose your preferred cut of meat!
A Sauce for the Books!
In addition, the Tahini sauce I will be giving you the recipe of is so creamy and delicious and is something you will definitely enjoy! So much so that you can start to incorporate it into other dishes of your choice! These plates can involve meat or other proteins such as fish.
Healthy Lunch Idea!
Finally, it is quite the healthy lunch or dinner option! Your ultimate beef shawarma sandwich is filled with delicious vegetables, perfectly spiced meat that is cooked in not a lot of fat, and has the healthy tahini sauce as its sauce of choice. Yummy and healthy!
Ultimate Beef Shawarma Sandwich Secrets
To start off with the choice of meat, you can use any cut you prefer in preparing your shawarma. Some of my favorite types to use are skirt steak or filet mignon. The meat will be heavily marinated regardless, so it will definitely pack a lot of flavor.
However, make sure your meat cut has plenty of fat in it. Any fat will enhance the flavor of your shawarma and elevate it to the next level. That way, you’ll enjoy a greatly juicy and tender ultimate beef shawarma sandwich.
Now, for cutting the meat, make sure to cut your meat into 1 inch strips. You don’t want your cuts to be too small and thin or else they will not be as moist as we want them to be and would dry out. And if your cuts are too large, the meat would not cook well enough or would take too long.
For serving your beef shawarma, you can have it as a pita bread wrap or sandwich, which is the most common way it is served. Don’t forget to pack in lots of tasty toppings along with the beef and your tahini sauce!
You can also choose to serve your beef shawarma as a plate, with some French fries or rice! Serving it over a salad bowl loaded with your favorite toppings is also another way that is gaining quite a lot of traction! Pick your favorite serving method and be assured that it is gonna taste great regardless!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, many meat choices can be used! Feel free to try anything out while using the spices in this recipe, and pick your favorite meat of choice!
Pronunciation may differ depending on what you are reading and where you hear it. But one thing is for sure: it is extremely delicious!
Ultimate Beef Shawarma Sandwich Ingredients
To prepare your delicious wrap’s fillings, you will need:
- Filet mignon or skirt steak
- Minced garlic
- Green, orange or red peppers, thinly sliced
- Medium onions, sliced
- Lemon juice
- Apple cider vinegar
- Olive oil
- Ground black pepper
- Black pepper
- Seven spices
Now onto assembling our sandwich, you can place the following toppings on some pita bread:
- Sliced Pickles
- Pickled Turnips
- Minced Parsley
- Sliced Tomatoes
Now for the tahini sauce, you will be needing:
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons Tahini
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
How to Prepare Your Shawarma Sandwich
To start off, begin by adding tahini paste, water, lemon and salt in a small bowl, and whisk well until all ingredients are combined. Then, cut skirt steak or filet mignon into 1 inch strips.
In a medium bowl, mix together olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, salt, black pepper, cumin, paprika and seven spices and set this bowl aside.
Continue by preheating a large skillet over medium heat, adding olive oil. Cook the onions and peppers, until vegetables are tender. Then add the meat strips and cook for about 3 minutes.
After that, pour over the marinade and cook for 3-4 minutes longer on medium heat or until meat is cooked and tender. Then, remove your skillet from heat, taste your mix and add in more salt or seven spices if needed. Make sure to drain any water in the skillet.
Now we move onto assembling the wrap starting with the beef shawarma. Some toppings of choice can be pickled turnips, tomatoes, pickles, minced parsley and a drizzle of tahini.
After that, fold in your wrap from left to right then roll tightly. Double the pita bread if the bread seems too thin. Then, toast on a panini press or griddle until bread is golden.
Note: you can make this low carb by using low carb wraps. I used Flatout Bread.
You can also marinate the beef strips and keep covered in the fridge for later use.
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Ultimate Beef Shawarma Sandwich
Beef Shawarma Sandwich
- 1 lb filet mignon or skirt steak
- 4 garlic, minced
- 1 cup peppers, green, orange or red peppers, thinly sliced
- 2 medium onions, sliced
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon seven spices
- 7 pita bread, loaves
Pita Bread Toppings
- sliced pickles
- pickled turnips
- parsley, minced
- tomatoes, sliced
- ½ cup Tahini, + 2 tablespoons
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup lemon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- In a small bowl add tahini paste, water, lemon and salt and whisk well until all ingredients are combined.
- Cut skirt steak or filet mignon into 1 inch strips.
- In a medium bowl mix together olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, salt, black pepper, cumin, paprika and seven spices. Set aside.
- Preheat a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil. Cook the onions and peppers, until vegetables are tender.
- Then add the meat strips and cook for about 3 minutes.
- Pour over the marinade and cook for 3-4 minutes longer on medium heat or until meat is cooked and tender.
- Remove from heat, taste then add in more salt or seven spices if needed. Drain any water in the skillet.
- Assemble wrap starting with the beef shawarma, toppings of choice like pickled turnips, tomatoes, pickles, minced parsley and a drizzle of tahini.
- Fold in your wrap from left to right then roll tightly. Double the pita bread if the bread seems too thin. Toast on a panini press or griddle until bread is golden.