Quick Beef Gyros

quick beef gyros

Whew. 2012 flew by in a whirlwind. Just a little over a year ago we moved from Oslo, Norway to New York City and half a year later we moved home to Canada. No wonder I’m so tired! :P This year the holidays felt extra special and the celebrating seemed to go on and on. It was awesome! We even took a road trip to visit my husband’s family. It has all been such a blast and makes it a little harder to get back into a routine. Er, What’s that again?


3 countries. 1 year.

I’ve always been a huge fan of gyros. If we’re ever at a food court for a meal you better believe I’m headed for the gyro place. It’s the only time I ever get them because certain other people in my family are not a fan. Until now.

When I came across this recipe I figured it was worth a shot. It was so simple that I figured the worst that could happen would be that I would get all the more to myself. :) But that was not the case. They were a huge hit. So much so that I can now make gyros as often as I like, and everyone gets excited about it. They may not be the most traditional but they’ve got everything that I love about a gyro – flavour! Here’s to home cooking winning again! :D

I know it’s a little late but, Happy New Year! I hope 2013 is a year full of blessings for all of you.

Quick Beef Gyros
Makes: 4
Beef Filling
  • ½ pound deli roast beef
  • ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon zest
  • pinch paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • pepper, to taste (be generous!)
Tzatziki Sauce
  • ½ english cucumber, finely diced
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup diced red onion (about ⅛ of an onion)
  • ½ teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill weed
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
To Serve
  • naan, pita bread or other flatbread, warmed
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • crumbled feta cheese
  • kalamata olives, sliced if desired
  • remaining half of cucumber, chopped
  1. Mix together Tzatziki ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside until serving.
  2. Heat a bit of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add all ingredients for the beef filling. Stir until beef is warmed through.
  3. To serve, top pita with a generous portion of beef, tzatziki sauce and desired toppings. Serve immediately.

Adapted from The Stephens Family via Tasty Kitchen.