Hummus with spiced beef is delicious! The first time I had it was when I was a teenager, my friend made it with bite size pieces of steak meat; it was so yummy. You can make it with steak meat or ground beef, some of my friends even make it with chicken. What ever you decide to make it with, it will be delicious, I promise!
You can make this with flat naan bread as shown in the picture above, or you can make it with fried pita bread. Both ways are delicious.
What you will need for hummus:
- 2 – 540 ml cans chick peas
- 3-4 cloves of peeled garlic
- 3-4 tablespoon tahini sauce
- olive oil
- 1/2 cup water or more as needed
- salt to season
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/2 to 1 tsp 7 spice*
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp sumac*
- salt and pepper
- 1/3 cup pine nuts or slivered almonds
- olive oil
- chopped fresh parsley
For bottom layer:
- pita chips or flat bread
Rinse and drain chick peas. Bring to a boil and cook in salt-less water for 10 minutes to soften the beans, this step is optional but makes a smoother hummus. I skip this step on busy days.
Drain and add chick peas to food processor, add in the tahini; I love tahini, so I don’t measure I just pour it in. Add in the water- you may need more depending on how thin or thick you like your hummus. Add in the lemon juice, salt, and garlic. Add olive oil- a few spoons worth. Making hummus isn’t really about measuring it’s about texture and taste. Taste and adjust as you go. Blend until smooth and creamy.
If you are making pita chips, heat some oil in a pot, cut the bread in bite size pieces and fry the bread in hot oil; it fries quickly. Transfer to a plate with paper towel to absorb extra oil.
If your are making it with flat bread such as naan, heat it in the oven until bread is soft and warm.
For the topping, cook the ground beef with the seasonings and break up until it’s crumbly and fully cooked. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Pan fry the pine nuts or almonds with some olive oil or butter.
Now to put it all together, place the bread on the bottom of the platter, top with hummus and then top with the ground beef. Add the pine nuts or almonds on top and drizzle with olive oil, a dash of paprika and garnish with freshly chopped parsley if desired.
Serve right away, enjoy!
* You can find sumac and 7 spice at your local Middle Eastern or Mediterranean stores.
You can use spicy keema with this as well, if you want it actually hot and spicy. Spice suggestions for that would be: garam masala, ground coriander, chili powder about 1/2 tsp of each would do and any other spice you like to add.