Hawawshi are Egyptian pita pockets. After cooking, consider adding lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, and jalapeño or serrano peppers into the pita pockets as well.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • ½ pound ground beef

  • 2 tomatoes, diced

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 1 green bell pepper, diced

  • 1 pinch paprika, or to taste

  • 1 pinch ground coriander, or to taste

  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon, or to taste

  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg, or to taste

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 5 pita bread rounds, split

  • 1 tablespoon corn oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Let cool slightly.

  3. Mix cooked beef, tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, paprika, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl until well combined. Stuff mixture inside of pita bread rounds.

  4. Brush tops with corn oil and wrap each in aluminum foil. Place on a baking sheet.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until toasted and vegetables are softened, about 30 minutes.


You can use lamb or venison instead of ground beef if you like.

You can use any spices you prefer.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

274 Calories
9g Fat
35g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 274
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 330mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 29mg 145%
Calcium 66mg 5%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 384mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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