We’re thrilled to share one of our favorite taco recipes with you - lamb tacos with tzatziki sauce- a dish that’s both simple and bursting with flavor. Trust us, these lamb tacos will become your go-to for a quick yet delicious weeknight meal.
For our tacos, we use ground lamb and a blend of spices and herbs, balancing the richness of the lamb with fresh elements like lime juice, mint, and cilantro. These ingredients bring a burst of freshness that complements the meat beautifully. And if you’re experimenting with lamb dishes, consider trying our homemade lamb seasoning recipe. It’s a game-changer for your pantry!
Homemade Tzatziki Sauce
We think a great taco isn’t complete without a fantastic sauce. That’s where our homemade tzatziki comes in. Inspired by South-East European and Middle Eastern cuisines, this sauce is creamy, refreshing, and super versatile. We blend savory yogurt with cucumbers, mint, and other ingredients like garlic and lemon juice. It’s the perfect partner for the rich flavors of our lamb tacos.
Choosing the right tortillas
Regarding tortillas for our lamb tacos, we believe the choice is crucial. We typically opt for small, soft corn tortillas; their earthy flavor complements the lamb beautifully. Flour tortillas are a great alternative if you’re more inclined towards a milder taste. They’re soft and slightly chewy, providing a lovely texture contrast to the filling. No matter your preference, warming the tortillas before assembling the tacos is a must. It enhances their flavor and makes them more pliable, perfect for holding all the delicious taco fillings.
For this recipe, we’re keeping it simple by just adding some diced tomatoes and cucumber to the tortillas to top it all off, but you can be creative with toppings depending on what you want;
- Crumbled feta cheese: Adds a lovely creamy tang.
- Sliced avocado: Creamy and rich, it’s a luxurious addition.
- Pickled red onions: Their tanginess cuts through the richness of the lamb.
- Roasted red peppers: Adds a sweet and smoky flavor.
- Chopped lettuce: For a bit of freshness and crunch.
- Hot sauce: For those who love a spicy kick.
- Lime wedges: Squeezing fresh lime juice over the top can brighten up the flavors.
- Grilled corn kernels: Sweet and slightly charred, they’re a delightful touch to the meal.
- Cilantro lime rice: A spoonful inside the taco adds a flavorful twist.
- Jalapeños: Fresh or pickled, they add heat and zing.
- Black beans: For a hearty and nutritious boost.
More often than not, we find ourselves filling up too much on tacos to entertain a side, but we do have some good ones that pair perfectly with the dish;
- Cilantro lime rice: Light and zesty, it complements the rich flavors of the lamb.
- Black bean salad: A hearty and flavorful choice, adding a nice contrast.
- Grilled vegetables: Think bell peppers, zucchini, and eggplant for a smoky touch.
- Quinoa salad: A healthy, protein-packed option that’s full of flavor.
- Mexican street corn (Elote): A sweet and spicy crowd-pleaser.
- Guacamole: Creamy and rich, it’s always a hit.
- Pico de gallo: Fresh and vibrant, adding a nice zing to each bite.
- Chips and salsa: Classic and always welcome at a taco feast.
- Refried beans: Creamy and comforting, they’re an excellent side for any taco.
- Coleslaw: A tangy and crunchy addition that’s incredibly refreshing.
What can be served with lamb tacos?
Lamb tacos are so versatile that a number of sides pair well with this dish. To keep it simple, we like a light salad which complements the lamb tacos beautifully. Don’t forget to serve extra tzatziki sauce for drizzling over your salad too! Alternatively, grilled vegetables, chips and salsa and coleslaw are all great choices in sides.
What's the best way to store leftover lamb tacos?
Keep the cooked lamb in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Store the tzatziki sauce in a similar manner. For the freshest taste, assemble the tacos right before you're ready to enjoy them again!
Lamb tacos are a wonderfully vibrant and tasty option that are surprisingly simple to prepare. They're an excellent choice for a weekday meal, offering a quick and easy recipe that promises a delicious dish every time.
Handful of cilantro
Juice of a whole lime
Half a handful of roughly chopped mint leaves
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon cumin
3 minced cloves garlic or 3 teaspoons garlic paste
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 lb ground lamb
5.5 oz. Greek yogurt
⅓ grated cucumber
7-8 chopped mint leaves
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Sprinkle of dill
4 soft taco shells
1 chopped tomato
⅓ chopped cucumber
1 tablespoon cooking oil
Mix the ground lamb with the lamb seasoning: handful of cilantro, juice of a whole lime, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon cumin, 3 cloves minced garlic or 3 teaspoons garlic paste, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1lb ground lamb in the food processor. Process the mixture for roughly 30 seconds. Alternatively, mix the lamb and the seasoning by hand.
Leave the lamb mixture in an airtight container in the fridge for at least half an hour (this can also be left overnight).
Cook the ground lamb meat in a pan over medium-high heat until it turns golden brown. Add a tablespoon of cooking oil to the pan if required.
To make the tzatziki sauce, combine all the ingredients for the sauce: 5.5 oz. of Greek yogurt, 1/3 grated cucumber, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, chopped mint leaves and dill. Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly.
Add the cooked meat to the tortillas and pour the tzatziki sauce over the lamb. Garnish with cilantro and add fresh vegetables of your choice, such as chopped tomatoes and sliced cucumber.
When grating the cucumber for the sauce, squeeze out all the water from the cucumber before mixing it in with the other ingredients to avoid a watery sauce.
- Calories 539 kcal |
- Carbohydrate Content 35.9 g |
- Cholesterol Content 88 mg |
- Fat Content 31.9 g |
- Fiber Content 1.2 g |
- Protein Content 27.9 g |
- Serving Size 1 portion |
- Sodium Content 701 mg |
- Sugar Content 3.8 g |
About the author
Emma Donin is the culinary maestro behind this blog that serves as a melting pot of global cuisines and gastronomic adventures. Her culinary journey began in her grandmother's kitchen, where she learned the fundamentals of cooking and the importance of using fresh, quality ingredients.