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Spiced Beef on Whole-Wheat Flatbread

Two servings of spiced beef on whole wheat flatbread topped with cucumber ribbons and yogurt, with lemon wedges on the side.
This spiced beef on whole-wheat flatbread is an easy weeknight dinner that tops flatbreads with cumin, paprika, and cinnamon-spiced beef, cucumber, yogurt, red onion, and cilantro.
Sonoma Press

Prep 25 mins
Cook 5 mins
Total 30 mins
2 servings
336 kcal


For the flatbreads

  • 6 ounces lean ground beef* preferably 80 to 85% lean
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 small onion (4 oz | 113 g) grated
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 whole-wheat flatbread rounds naan, or pita breads, 6 to 7 inches (15 to 18 cm) in diameter

For serving

  • 1 cucumber shaved lengthwise into long ribbons with a vegetable peeler or halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup plain full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley or cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 small red onion (2 oz | 57 g) thinly sliced
  • Lemon wedges


Make the flatbreads

  • Preheat the oven to 475ºF (250ºC).
  • In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef, breaking it up with the back of a spoon or spatula, until browned, about 4 minutes. Drain off any excess fat. Add the garlic and grated onion and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomato paste, parsley, salt, cayenne, cumin, paprika, and cinnamon and cook, stirring, for 1 minute more.
  • Arrange the flatbreads, naan, or pita on a rimmed baking sheet and spoon the ground beef on top, spreading it almost to the edges. Bake until the edges of the flatbreads are beginning to crisp and brown, 4 to 8 minutes. (For a softer flatbread, bake for just 3 to 4 minutes. For a crisper flatbread, closer to 7 to 8 minutes.) Remove the flatbreads from the oven.

To serve

  • Top each flatbread with a few strips or slices of cucumber, a dollop of yogurt, a sprinkling of parsley or cilantro, and a few slices of red onion. Serve with a couple of lemon wedges on the side for squeezing over the top.



You can easily substitute an equal amount of ground lamb for the beef. You can also use this spiced ground beef mixture as a filling for soft or hard-shell tacos.