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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
Entree
Mediterranean
2 servings
336 kcal

Ingredients 

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

Directions 

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.

Notes

*CAN I SUBSTITUTE GROUND LAMB FOR GROUND BEEF?

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.