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Crunchy Za’atar Lamb Tacos
with feta / spicy harissa crema / chili-garlic green beans

Active: 40 min Total: 40 min

These tacos are a total mash-up in which tacos meet Middle Eastern flavors. One bite and we think you'll agree that peppery arugula, rich seasoned lamb, and tangy feta were destined to be served in a crunchy taco shell.

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Crunchy Za’atar Lamb Tacos:
  • Parsley - 1 Tbsp, chopped
  • Lamb, ground - 1 lb (sub ground beef)
  • Za'atar - 1 Tbsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Taco shells, crunchy - 8
  • Arugula - 2 oz
  • Cheese, feta - 3 oz, crumbled
Spicy Harissa Crema:
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - 3/4 cup
  • Harissa - 1 Tbsp (sub any hot sauce; more or less to taste)
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp
  • Paprika - 1/4 tsp
Chili Garlic Green Beans:
  • Green beans - 1 lb, trimmed
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp

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Prep

  1. Green beans / Garlic - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make crema - Whisk together yogurt, harissa, lemon juice (portion for crema), and paprika. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Parsley - Chop parsley. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  4. Season lamb - Combine lamb with za’atar, salt, and pepper. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 400F / 204C.
  2. Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add oil (portion for green beans) and then green beans to heated oil. Saute for 10 to 12 minutes, until browned and blistered (cover with a lid to help speed the cooking process along).
  3. In the last minute of cooking, add garlic, chili powder, and some salt to green beans and stir until fragrant. Remove from heat and squeeze lemon juice (portion for green beans) over top. Set green beans aside, covered. Return pan to heat.
  4. To heated pan, add oil (portion for lamb). Add lamb and saute for 5 to 7 minutes until browned.
  5. Remove lamb from heat and stir in parsley. Season to taste with more salt and pepper.
  6. Place taco shells on a sheet pan (or you can place them directly on the oven rack) and toast just until warm and crisp, 2 to 5 minutes (watch closely to prevent burning).
  7. Fill taco shells with lamb, arugula, and feta. Top with crema.
  8. Serve tacos with green beans on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (25)
Gluten-free (2)
Paleo (1)
Vegetarian (9)

22 reviews

This was really good, but I should have subbed beef for lamb. The crema overpowered the lamb, so I'd definitely use the cheaper meat next time.

By: Chelsea
Posted: Aug 02, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Loved this recipe, the blend of flavors with the zatar in the lamb and Harris’s cream and were perfect. I made this according to the list with one substitution, I did soft shell vs hard. I will definitely make this again. If you have a Trader Joe’s near you, they carry Harrisa Paste

By: Stephanie
Posted: Aug 01, 2020
Diet: Gluten-free
1 Helpful

Did this with ground beef instead. My green beans were moldy so I couldn't do them. Didn't have harissa. So, all in all, we basically didn't make this meal, but it was still pretty good!

By: Angela
Posted: Jul 29, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Made with frozen fake beef crumbles Served with slaw as well

By: Markell
Posted: Jul 26, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Used ground pork instead of Lam. Kept everything else the same. Really tasty - kids ate beans with no complaints.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Jul 23, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was great! I loved the flavor combinations.

By: Melissa
Posted: Jul 22, 2020
Diet: Original
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