Ground Beef Zoodles with Peanut-Tahini Sauce
Ground Beef Zoodles with Peanut-Tahini Sauce combines ground beef with middle eastern spices and a spicy sauce served over zucchini noodles!
It won’t be long now and zucchini will be abundant from the garden or Farmers Market. That’s when I think about making zucchini noodles for an easy summer meal. And zucchini noodles (also called Zoodles) are much more mainstream now than they were back in 2016 when I came up with this recipe for Middle Eastern Ground Beef Zoodles with Peanut-Tahini Sauce.
The recipe was inspired by having an abundance of zucchini, and memories of the Middle Eastern Beef and Hummus Pita Rounds that were so tasty. The spicy beef mixture in this recipe is very similar to that one, and it also has onions and plenty of chopped fresh herbs.
In this combination I love the way the slightly-spicy peanut and tahini sauce perks up the flavors of the beef, and also goes great with the zucchini noodles. I love Tahini Sauce (affiliate link), a middle eastern sesame paste, but no worries if you don’t have any; just make the sauce with all peanut butter and it will still be great. If you’re looking for something new to do with zucchini noodles and you like middle eastern flavors, I hope you’ll give this a try!
What’s the best way to make zucchini noodles?
There are a lot of different gadgets that can be used to make zoodles or zucchini noodles, but I’m a big fan of the Spiralizer (affiliate link). If you don’t want to invest in a spiralizer, check my post on Three Ways to Make Noodles from Zucchini and Other Vegetables. No matter which method you use, be sure to cut a lengthwise slit halfway through the zucchini before you start making noodles, otherwise you’ll get one long noodle!
How do you cook zucchini noodles?
Zoodles or zucchini noodles are good raw, but for this recipe and many others I like them just slightly cooked. Here are the steps I use for cooking them:
- Heat a few tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat in the largest frying pan you have.
- Add several garlic cloves and cook just until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. (This is called “seasoning the oil” in Chinese cooking, but the technique works great here too.)
- Be careful not to let the garlic get brown, remove it when you start to smell garlic.
- Add zucchini noodles to the pan and stir-fry over high heat just until the noodles start to soften, about 2 minutes.
- Serve Middle Eastern Ground Beef Zoodles with Peanut-Tahini Sauce right away.
Preparing Ingredients for Ground Beef Zoodles with Peanut-Tahini Sauce:
- Grind together garlic powder, salt, pepper, ground cumin, greek oregano (affiliate link), dried parsley, and dried mint to make the spice mixture.
- Brown the beef in a non-stick frying pan, seasoning with the spice mixture.
- When beef is nearly cooked through, push it to the side, add a tiny bit more olive oil if needed, and brown the finely chopped onion.
- Then stir together the spicy beef and onions, add the water and lemon juice, simmer about 5 minutes, and then keep warm over low heat while you prepare the zoodles and sauce.
- Whisk together warmed peanut butter, tahini (affiliate link) (or more peanut butter), warm water, lemon juice, sweetener, ground garlic puree, soy sauce, and Sriracha Sauce (affiliate link) to taste to make the sauce.
- Chop up a generous amount of fresh mint and parsley.
Making Zoodles and Assembling Ground Beef Zoodles with Peanut-Tahini Sauce:
- Be sure to cut a slit lengthwise, going halfway through the zucchini! If you don’t do that you’ll get one long noodle!
- Use a Spiralizer or one of my other Three Methods to make Zucchini Noodles to make the zoodles. I prefer the thicker noodle setting on the Spiralizer for this recipe.
- Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and saute the garlic cloves very briefly to season the oil. Remove garlic and discard.
- Add noodles and cook over high heat for 2-3 minutes, or just until they’re barely starting to soften. Don’t overcook!
- Stir the chopped mint and parsley into the warm ground beef mixture.
- To serve, divide noodles into four bowls; top each with one-fourth of the spicy beef mixture, drizzle over a generous amount of sauce, and sprinkle with sliced green onions if desired.
- Serve right away and enjoy, YUM!
More Tasty Low-Carb Zucchini Noodles:
Check out my collection of Ten Amazing Low-Carb Recipes for Zucchini Noodles for more tasty dinners with zucchini noodles.
I use my fresh-frozen lemon juice for this recipe. If you're making this for a carb-conscious diet plan, use natural peanut butter without added sugar. You can buy Tahini Sauce or Sriracha Sauce at Amazon.com if your store doesn't have it (affiliate link). You can also make this with all peanut butter if you don't want to buy tahini. I would use Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) for this recipe, but use the sweetener you prefer. This recipe inspired by the same Hummus with Lahmeh from Mazza Restaurant that inspired Middle Eastern Beef and Hummus Pita Rounds. Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Spice Mix Ingredients:
Peanut-Tahini Sauce Ingredients:
Zucchini Noodle Ingredients:
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 535Total Fat: 36gSaturated Fat: 9.1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21.8gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 587mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 3.9gSugar: 5.3gProtein: 41g
I use my fresh-frozen lemon juice for this recipe. If you're making this for a carb-conscious diet plan, use natural peanut butter without added sugar. You can buy Tahini Sauce or Sriracha Sauce at Amazon.com if your store doesn't have it (affiliate link). You can also make this with all peanut butter if you don't want to buy tahini. I would use Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) for this recipe, but use the sweetener you prefer.
This recipe inspired by the same Hummus with Lahmeh from Mazza Restaurant that inspired Middle Eastern Beef and Hummus Pita Rounds.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
If you use natural peanut butter and an approved sweetener, everything in these Middle Eastern Ground Beef Zoodles with Peanut-Tahini Sauce should be approved for low-carb eating plans, including any phase of the South Beach Diet.
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