Shawarma Or Gyros Pita

Greeks and people all over the world love the classic street food gyros pita. Some of the best Greek gyros we’ve had were in Paris! Traditional Greek gyros come from a combination of meats put together on a vertical spit that is then sliced off. But you can easily make homemade gyros with a little creativity and some good spices. You can also make chicken gyros, pork gyros, or use beef, lamb, or even veggies with our flexible gyro recipe.

Messy Is Good
Messy Is Good

Shawarma vs Gyro

Sometimes you might like a little different taste, so you can shift just a little to create shawarma ingredients. The question of shawarma vs gyro really amounts to different shawarma spices. We’ll give you some combinations for both a gyro recipe and shawarma ingredients so you can make one or both whenever you like.

Chicken Gyros With Feta And Tzatziki
Chicken Gyros With Feta And Tzatziki

To make it super easy for you, we skip using a marinade and rely on spices to flavor your main ingredients. We often find that we may have some leftover meat like pork or chicken that we can simply spice and heat to make a crispy yummy chicken gyro or pork gyros for a quick, easy and delicious leftover meal.

Traditional Gyros

Traditional Greek gyros pita sandwiches are often served with a tzatziki sauce like the one we showed you with our Keftedes Greek meatballs recipe.

Greek Tzatziki Sauce
Greek Tzatziki Sauce

If you want to change gyros pita into shawarma, using some tahini sauce instead will help finish it off right. Tahini is a ground sesame paste. If you don’t have any tahini on hand, you can substitute a little hummus and that will taste great too. Or, you can always just use some tzatziki sauce. It’ll be our secret.

Use Tahini With Chicken Shawarma Recipe
Use Tahini With Chicken Shawarma Recipe

Eat Your Veggies

For vegetarians, you can spice your veggies with the same seasonings, shawarma vs gyro. The spices you choose will give your veggies those delicious Mediterranean flavors. You can also use any veggies you have on hand to top your gyros or shawarma. Tomatoes, onions, cucumber, lettuce, mixed veggies of all sorts go great. Use whatever you like or have available.

And, if you don’t have pita bread, you can use a tortilla or wrap to make a gyros wrap or shawarma wrap sandwich instead.

No Pita, No Problem- Use A Tortilla Or Wrap
No Pita, No Problem- Use A Tortilla Or Wrap

If you want to cut down on the bread, just tear a pocket pita in half, the whole round way, and use it to place your Greek gyros or shawarma ingredients on top.

Split A Pocket Pita If You Want Less Bread
Split A Pocket Pita If You Want Less Bread

Or skip the bread altogether and make a delicious gyro or shawarma platter.

Chicken Gyro Platter
Chicken Gyro Platter

We learned a special treat in the Latin Quarter of Paris from Mason Du Gyros. Extra Pita Greek is a gyros pita that comes with French fries stuffed inside along with everything else. If that’s something that appeals to you, give it a try. You won’t be disappointed!

Add The Fries Right Inside
Add The Fries Right Inside

Homemade Gyros

Homemade gyros are much easier than you may think. Our gyro recipe goes for the basic flavors saving you tons of time and ingredients to use what you have for a tasty meal. We’ll show you the quick and easy way to make tasty Greek gyros.

Classic Homemade Gyros
Classic Homemade Gyros

Make Your Choice

We’ll also show you how to make shawarma just by changing over to shawarma ingredients and shawarma spices with small changes.

Don't Forget to Warm The Pita
Don’t Forget to Warm The Pita

Chicken shawarma is a favorite recipe and a great way to use up some leftover rotisserie chicken.

Gyros pita is a crowd-pleaser and an easy way to make a fast meal that tastes like it took much more time.

Make Beef Pork Veggie Or Chicken Gyro
Make Beef Pork Veggie Or Chicken Gyro

 

Shawarma Or Gyros Pita

This recipe is more of a guideline than a specific recipe. Use whatever meat or veggies you have on hand.

Flat Greek Gyros Is Okay Too
Flat Greek Gyros Is Okay Too

Ingredients And Greek Gyros Spices

1 pound of meat or vegetables, sliced, cubed, or ground meat
Extra Virgin Olive Oil for cooking meat or vegetables
Pita bread, tortilla, wrap or fresh veggies on a platter
Tzatziki sauce

For the spices, use 1 teaspoon each of the following dried herbs and spices:
Granulated garlic
Granulated onion
Oregano
Marjoram
Rosemary
Parsley
Paprika
Ground pepper to taste

Shawarma Spices

If you’re going to make shawarma vs gyros, use this spice combination instead:

1 teaspoon of each of the following:

Ground allspice
Ground cinnamon
Dried parsley
Ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
Ground pepper to taste

Tahini sauce for serving

Chicken Shawarma Platter
Chicken Shawarma Platter

Directions

Make your spice mix and put it into a plastic bag. Then slice or cube your meat and put it in the plastic bag and massage spices into the meat. This works whether your meat is fresh or pre-cooked. We like to slice ours thin so some get a little crispy on the outside. Add a little olive oil to the spice mix to help it stick to the meat. Do the same if you are cooking vegetables.
Heat oil in a skillet on medium
Add seasoned meat or vegetables to skillet and stir fry until cooked all the way through.
Warm pita in the oven.
Place cooked meat or veggies in the center of pita. Top with tomatoes, onions, feta, tzatziki, or other veggies of choice for gyros pita. Top with veggies and tahini or hummus for shawarma.
Fold sides of pita to the middle and wrap in foil or parchment or serve flat or on a platter of fresh veggies, as you prefer.

Easy Shawarma Or Gyro Recipe

That’s pretty much all there is to this easy gyro recipe. Play with it based on the ingredients you have and like. We’d love to know whether you prefer shawarma vs gyros, or if you’re a fan of both, like us.

For other easy recipes with an ethnic twist, try our Cheese Quesadilla Recipe,  Traditional Cuban Rice Moros Y Cristianos, and Easy Shakshuka Recipe.

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