Beef Pitas with Red Onion & Tzatziki
By :Williams Sonoma Test Kitchen
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The popular Greek gyro sandwich has been simplified here with no sacrifice to flavor. Ready all of the sandwich fixings while the beef cooks, including the cool, creamy yogurt-based tzatziki.
Votes: 9
Rating: 4.67
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Course Main Course
Cuisine Greek
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Meat
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Beef Chuck, Onion, Yogurt
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pound beef chuck boneless, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • pepper freshly ground
  • 1 yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
For the Tzatziki
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cucumber finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • kosher salt
  • pepper freshly ground
For Serving
  • 8 pita breads
  • small lettuce leaves
  • tomatoes sliced
  • red onion thinly sliced
  • dill chopped
Course Main Course
Cuisine Greek
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Meat
Duration 30-60 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Beef Chuck, Onion, Yogurt
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pound beef chuck boneless, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • pepper freshly ground
  • 1 yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
For the Tzatziki
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cucumber finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • kosher salt
  • pepper freshly ground
For Serving
  • 8 pita breads
  • small lettuce leaves
  • tomatoes sliced
  • red onion thinly sliced
  • dill chopped
Votes: 9
Rating: 4.67
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Season the beef on both sides with the salt and pepper. Put the beef and onion into the Instant Pot.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the water, oil, lemon juice, oregano, and garlic powder, then add to the pot.
  3. Lock the lid in place and turn the valve to Sealing. Press the Manual/Pressure Cook button. Set the cook time for 30 minutes at high pressure. 
  4. While the beef cooks, make the tzatziki: In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, cucumber, garlic, dill, and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside until ready to serve.
  5. Let the steam release naturally for about 15 minutes, then turn the valve to Venting to release any residual steam. Remove the lid from the pot and, using a slotted spoon, transfer the beef and onion to a bowl. 
  6. To serve, spoon an equal amount of the beef mixture into each pita and top with lettuce, tomato, and onion. Sprinkle with chopped dill and finish with a dollop of tzatziki.
12 replies
  1. Melswayne
    Melswayne says:

    So yummy! 1/3 cup of water. I would reduce sauce ingredients by half. We ate all the rest of the food and still had a huge Tupperware left over of sauce (and I am a sauce person)!

  2. jjdrouet
    jjdrouet says:

    I shortened the time to 15 minutes because 30 seemed way too long. Was super tender and just bought taziki sauce from Trader Joes to make it even easier. I would also use the meat recipe for making philly cheesestake sandwhiches. Would be perfect!

  3. tcmross
    tcmross says:

    This was very good… The recipe could use more detail. Warm the pita bread. It makes a huge difference.
    I added 1/3 cup water and that worked fine.

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