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Beef Pitas with Tzatziki Sauce

Succulent beef wrapped in pita and drizzled in Tzatziki sauce, these easy Beef Pitas are even better than Greek takeout. Add these to your dinner menu this week!

Two pitas stuffed with sliced beef and topped with tzatziki sauce and diced tomatoes.

I could eat these delicious pita sandwiches daily for lunch or dinner.

The tender beef cooked with all my favorite Greek herbs and spices keeps me coming back for “just one more bite” every time I make them.

A word to the wise: these are NOT Gyros.

So, please don’t make them expecting them to be authentic Greek gyros, which are made with lamb.

I wish I had my own vertical spit so I COULD make authentic gyro sandwiches with lamb (because I love those too).

But as long as you’re not expecting these to taste just like the gyros from your favorite Greek restaurant, I can all but guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

These are beef sirloin slices in a pita with tzatziki sauce. It’s as close as I can get to a homemade gyro without using lamb cooked on a vertical spit!

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I’d apologize for letting you down if not for how delicious these beef pitas are! My lack of lamb or roasting spit led me to create something equally delicious that just about anyone can make at home.

My kids ate the steak pieces all by themselves.

They’re so flavorful, tender and juicy the beef strips don’t necessarily need  any sauce on top.

I just couldn’t resist giving my beef pitas the deluxe treatment and ate mine with juicy red tomatoes and some fresh homemade tzatziki sauce on top.

I would usually put slices of onion on my pita, however, the sauce has plenty of onion flavor it wasn’t even necessary.

The best part? I made the tzatziki sauce in the morning, so come dinner time it only took about 15 minutes from start to table. Enjoy!

Two pitas on a white plate with greek seasoned sirloin steak, tomatoes, and cucumber sauce.

Ingredients

Incredible Greek pita sandwiches start with cooking seasoned meat to tender melt-in-your-mouth perfection.

Here’s what I used for the beef in this recipe:

{Ingredients at a glance; scroll down for amounts and full instructions]

  • Beef sirloin steak, cut into strips
  • Oregano, dried
  • Rosemary, fresh 
  • Greek seasoning
  • Olive oil 
  • Salt and pepper 
Step by step photos to make greek sirloin pitas.

Directions

STEP 1. In a large resealable plastic bag, toss the beef strips with the all the herbs and seasoning until well coated.

STEP 2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sautee the seasoned beef strips until desired doneness (about 10 minutes).

STEP 3. Serve on warm pita bread with sliced tomatoes, Tzatziki sauce and other toppings as desired.

Clear glass bowl with a spoonful of cucumber tzatziki sauce being lifted out.

Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

While my kids enjoyed the steak pieces even without any sauce, a generous drizzle of homemade Tzatziki makes these pita sandwiches even better!

If you’ve never tried Tzatziki before, it’s a sauce made from Greek yogurt, lemon juice and cucumber with onions and garlic. The creamy, cool taste is the perfect pairing for the warm beef!

It also happens to be incredibly easy to make. Just remember to make the sauce several hours before you plan to serve the Beef Pitas. The flavor of this sauce is at its best when the ingredients have time to meld together.

And be sure to save the leftovers! Along with beef pitas, I aslo love Tzatziki on Greek Chicken Skewers with Avocado Tzatziki and vegetarian Greek Zucchini “Meatballs.

Here’s what you need for the Greek yogurt sauce: 

  • Greek yogurt (plain, unsweetened)
  • Lemon juice
  • Diced onion
  • Diced cucumber
  • Garlic
  • Salt and pepper

To make the sauce, mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

Don’t have time to wait that long? The sauce will still taste good! Don’t let lack of time discourage you from trying it.

Beef sirloin on two fresh pitas with cucumber sauce and tomatoes.

Tips and Tricks

  • Don’t overcook the beef. I personally like my sirloin a little bit pink! If you like more well done beef, go for it, just keep a close eye on the sirloin strips as you cook so they don’t get tough.
  • Toast or warm the pita for a few minutes in the oven before adding the beef for best taste. I always use store bought pita here but heating the bread makes everything taste so much fresher!
  • Use your favorite toppings! Don’t feel limited to just the tomato slices and yogurt sauce I used. Fresh parsley, diced red onion, shredded lettuce and hot sauce are other great ideas for adding to your Beef Pitas.
  • Don’t feel like a sandwich? This beef is delicious served in tons of other ways. Try it over a bed of greens for a tasty Greek salad or serve it over rice.

More Easy dinners

Yield: 6 servings

Beef Pitas with Tzatziki Sauce

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Succulent beef wrapped in pita and drizzled in Tzatziki sauce, these easy Beef Pitas are even better than Greek takeout. Add these to your dinner menu this week!

Ingredients

For the Beef:

  • 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary, minced
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp Greek seasoning (like Cavender’s)
  • 2 lb beef top sirloin steak (boneless), cut into strips
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup tzatziki sauce
  • 6 pitas

Instructions

  1. In large resealable bag, mix seasonings and add beef strips. Seal bag and shake.
  2. Heat skillet on medium high with olive oil. Add beef strips and saute for about 10 minutes, until cooked to desired doneness. I prefer a little pink, but cook however you enjoy.
  3. Serve on a pita with sliced tomatoes and tzatziki sauce. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Don't overcook the beef. I personally like my sirloin a little bit pink! If you like more well done beef, go for it, just keep a close eye on the sirloin strips as you cook so they don't get tough.
  • Toast or warm the pita for a few minutes in the oven before adding the beef for best taste. I always use store bought pita here but heating the bread makes everything taste so much fresher!
  • Use your favorite toppings! Don't feel limited to just the tomato slices and yogurt sauce I used. Fresh parsley, diced red onion, shredded lettuce and hot sauce are other great ideas for adding to your Beef Pitas.
  • Don't feel like a sandwich? This beef is delicious served in tons of other ways. Try it over a bed of greens for a tasty Greek salad or serve it over rice.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 592Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 142mgSodium: 1180mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 47g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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If you love Greek food, I know you’re going to go nuts for these easy homemade Greek Beef Pitas!

Aimee

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Posted on April 30, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. Hi! This is a fantastic and oh-so-yummy idea instead of pork or chicken gyros; being greek I know, trust me! Even though in the traditional tzatziki recipe we never use onion and prefer vinegar instead of lemon. Try it out some time… I am enjoying so much reading your blog!
    Greetings from Athens, Greece. Maria

  2. Thanks so much for sharing your recipes with me at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you will come back tomorrow for another party filled with GREAT RECIPES!
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!

  3. BreAna, you totally need to make your own sauce. Yum. You could do chicken too, instead of the beef.

    Lark, that would be great. Hope you like dogs cause they love guests 🙂

  4. That does it …I am moving in!

    You make all the things I like, so I think I would be helping you out….I would NOT be the picky eater!

  5. I love Greek food…especially gyros! But I haven’t tried making them at home yet. I almost bought ingredients for tzatziki sauce last night and I decided not too. Now seeing your post today makes we want to go back to the store. These look fantastic…even if they aren’t quite gyros. 🙂

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