Ground Lamb Tacos, Arabes Style

Servings: 12tacos


  • 3/4cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Mexican hot sauce (like Tamazula or Valentina)
  • 1pound ground lamb
  • About 1/4teaspoon each ground coriander, cinnamon (preferably Mexican canela), black pepper and cumin
  • 2tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
  • 1medium white onion, sliced 1/4-inch thick, plus a little chopped for garnish
  • Salt
  • 12ounces shredded melting cheese, like Colby, mild cheddar or Monterey Jack
  • 12 warm corn tortillas
  • A smallhandful of chopped cilantro, for garnish


In a mixing bowl, combine the Greek yogurt and Mexican hot sauce. In another bowl, mix the lamb with the spices.

Heat the oil in a large (12-inch) non-stick skillet over medium heat, add sliced onions and cook until golden brown and soft, about 7 minutes.  With a slotted spoon, remove the onions from the skillet, leaving behind as much oil as possible. Add the ground lamb to the skillet, using a spatula to break up the meat and spread it over the entire surface of the skillet to ensure even browning.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until meat is browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Scoop the onions back into the skillet and stir to combine. Taste and season with salt, usually about a teaspoon.

In another large (12-inch) non-stick skillet (or the same skillet washed and dried) over medium heat, spread ¼ cup of the cheese in a 4-inch round.   When the cheese has melted, about 15 to 20 seconds, place a tortilla on top. When you see the cheese has browned and is crisp underneath, use a spatula to scoop up the cheese and tortilla from the skillet and flip it over onto a plate so that the cheese is now on the top.  (As you get more comfortable you can make 2 or 3 tacos at a time.) Top the cheese with a portion of the lamb mixture, yogurt sauce, chopped onions and cilantro. Serve immediately.


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  2. We loved these lamb tacos! The spices and sauce were perfect! I used Cholula sauce for the Mexican hot sauce, cheddar cheese for the melting cheese, and chopped, leftover leg of lamb, added cold to the hot, sautéed onions, instead of fresh-cooked, ground lamb. Didn’t have any Cilantro, and though I would have liked it, it was excellent without it. Thanks for this great recipe!

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