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Middle Eastern Ground Beef Bowls

Middle Eastern Ground Beef Bowls are delicious made with Baharat Seasoning, but if you don’t have that just switch it out for curry powder! This is an amazing low-carb bowl meal with great middle eastern flavors!

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Middle Eastern Ground Beef Bowls two finished bowls on napkin with forks

Many years ago a reader from Israel named Effie sent me a box of middle eastern spices. One of the spices was Baharat Seasoning, and I used it in a recipe for Middle Eastern Ground Beef. I really liked the flavors of this, and recently I updated the recipe to make it into a bowl meal that’s served over cauliflower rice with a tomato-cucumber-parsley mixture topping the bowl. The improved version was something Kara and I both loved when we tested it, and we also agreed that people who like middle eastern flavors but don’t have Baharat Seasoning can make it with spicy curry powder and it will be just as good! 

We made the middle eastern bowls with a layer of cauliflower rice, similar to the Easy Califlower Rice with Garlic and Green Onions that I make over and over. The spicy ground beef mixture with spices, onions, tomatoes, and parsley goes over the cauliflower rice. And over that we put a mixture with all the flavors I love so much in Middle Eastern Tomato Salad. This was a fresh-tasting bowl meal with so many interesting flavors and textures. If you like middle eastern flavors I hope you will give it a try!

What is Baharat Seasoning: 

Baharat Seasoning is a mixture like curry powder where ingredients can vary and every middle eastern country has a slightly different variation of this spice blend. And it can be used in a wide variety of ways! There are a wide variety of Baharat Spice blends sold at Amazon.com (affiliate link), or you can make your own with one of these recipes for Baharat Seasoning from the Kitchn, Baharat Seasoning from Wikipedia, or Baharat Seasoning from The Daring Gourmet.

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

  • ground coriander
  • ground cumin
  • ground cardamom (optional)
  • ground caraway
  • ground turmeric
  • olive oil
  • onion
  • minced garlic
  • minced ginger 
  • ground beef
  • petite dice tomatoes
  • Baharat Seasoning (or spicy curry powder will work)
  • fresh parsley (or mint or cilantro will work)
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper
  • frozen cauliflower rice
  • garlic cloves
  • green onion
  • cucumber
  • cherry tomatoes
  • fresh-squeezed lemon juice, I used my fresh-frozen lemon juice

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How to make this recipe:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Mix coriander, cumin, cardamom, caraway, and turmeric with water. 
  2. Heat oil and saute the onion, garlic, and ginger.
  3. Then add the spice paste and saute about 2-3 minutes more.
  4. Remove seasoned onions to a bowl, but don’t wipe out the pan.
  5. Add more oil if needed and cook ground beef until it’s nicely browned, breaking apart with the turner.
  6. Then add  tomatoes and seasoned onions and simmer until the liquid has mostly evaporated.
  7. Stir in Baharat seasoning (or curry powder) and cook 2-3 minutes, then add chopped parsley and turn off heat.
  8. While the ground beef cooks, chop tomatoes, cucumbers, and parsley.
  9. Mix cucumbers, tomatoes, parsley, olive oil, and lemon juice.
  10. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan and cook garlic slices just long enough to “season the oil”.
  11. Remove garlic, add the cauliflower rice and season well with salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  12. Cook cauliflower rice over medium-high heat, stirring often, until it’s just starting to soften and lose the raw flavor, about 3-4 minutes.
  13. Turn off heat, stir in the green onions.
  14. To assemble the bowl, put a layer of the cauliflower rice in the bottom of a flat serving bowl.
  15. Top with the beef mixture.
  16. Then add a few spoonfuls of the tomato-cucumber mixture.
  17. Serve right away and enjoy!

Middle Eastern Ground Beef Bowls two bowls assembled and ready to eat

More Middle Eastern Flavors to Enjoy:

Ground Beef Zucchini Noodles with Peanut Sauce
Grilled Middle Eastern Turkey Burgers
Middle Eastern Beef and Hummus Pita Rounds 
Kabob Kubideh (Middle Eastern Ground Beef on Skewers)
Fattoush Lebanese Salad with Sumac and Pita Chips

Middle Eastern Ground Beef Bowls two finished bowls on napkin with forks

Middle Eastern Ground Beef Bowls

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Middle Eastern Ground Beef Bowls are flavorful with Baharat Seasoning and other middle eastern spices, cauliflower rice, and a middle eastern tomato-cucumber mixture topping the bowl.

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp. ground caraway
  • 1 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 4 T olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. minced ginger root
  • 1 1/2 lb. ground beef (see notes)
  • one 14.5 oz. can petite dice tomatoes
  • 2 tsp. Baharat Seasoning (see notes)
  • 3 T + 4 T chopped fresh parsley
  • salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 Cups frozen cauliflower rice
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onion
  • 1 European cucumber, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 2 T lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Mix together the coriander, cumin, cardamom, caraway, and turmeric with enough water to make a paste. 
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large frying pan and saute the onion, garlic, and ginger until the onions are softened.
  3. Then add the spice paste and saute for about 2-3 minutes more. (Don't skip this step!) 
  4. Remove the seasoned onions to a bowl, but don't wipe out the pan.
  5. Add a tiny bit more oil if needed and cook the ground beef until it's nicely browned, breaking apart with the turner as it cooks.
  6. While the ground beef cooks, chop the tomatoes, cucumbers, and parsley.
  7. Add petite dice tomatoes and seasoned onions to the beef mixture and simmer until the liquid has evaporated and the tomatoes are well-softened.
  8. Stir in the Baharat seasoning (or curry powder) and cook 2-3 minutes, then add 3 tablespoons of chopped parsley and turn off heat.
  9. Mix cucumbers, tomatoes, parsley, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and lemon juice to make the tomato topping.
  10. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in another large non-stick frying pan and cook the garlic slices just long enough to “season the oil”. (This only takes a minute or so; don’t let the garlic burn.)
  11. Remove the garlic and add the cauliflower and season well with salt and fresh ground black pepper.
  12. Cook the cauliflower rice over medium-high heat, stirring often, until it’s just starting to soften and lose the raw flavor, about 3-4 minutes.
  13. Turn off heat, stir in the green onions, and serve.
  14. To assemble the bowl, put a layer of the cauliflower rice in the bottom of a flat serving bowl.
  15. Top with the beef mixture.
  16. Then add a few spoonfuls of the tomato-cucumber mixture.
  17. Serve right away and enjoy!

Notes

You can use two pounds of ground beef if you prefer. If you don't have Baharat Seasoning and don't want to make it, just use a spicy curry powder.

Recipe adapted from Spicy Ground Meat with Baharat from The Spice House.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 445Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 735mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 34g

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.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Middle Eastern Ground Beef Bowls would be suitable for any phase of the original South Beach Diet, and this is also suitable for most low-carb eating plans.

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    24 Comments on “Middle Eastern Ground Beef Bowls”

  1. Kalyn, I just made this recipe for the first time and we LOVE it! The spice blend is beautiful and our little dog was literally dancing around my feet while I was cooking. Yes, she likes it too.

    Regards,
    Judith

  2. Linda, love how you adapted it!

  3. I was looking for a quick and easy substitute for our usual "tofu egg sandwich" recipe, and I wanted to use a Baharat seasoning mix I bought several months ago. I saw this recipe and thought the tofu would be a good substitute for ground beef. In a hurry, I used ground ginger, onion, and garlic instead of fresh, and left out the tomatoes and other additions. I sauteed all the spices together for a couple minutes, then added the crumbled tofu and mixed it in well, then let it cook several minutes. When finished, I added the Baharat, some salt, and a little cayenne for a kick. Mixed in (yes… this is a sandwich spread!!!) Vegenaise to help hold it together for sandwiches, and voila!! The perfect Middle Eastern egg salad sandwich spread. It was delicious!! Thanks for the recipe idea!!

  4. Glad you both enjoyed it!

  5. This was DELICIOUS! My wife and I really enjoyed it. I made my own Baharat spice blend and served with yogurt. We can't stop raving about it! Thank you so much! (we served it with whole wheat naan)

  6. Dave, so glad you enjoyed it!

  7. I made my second batch of this last night. I love it. My local health food store carried baharat, but I couldn't find it at the larger grocery chain.

  8. Thanks Deborah!

    Jo, glad you like it.

  9. This looks delicious. I love middle eastern flavors. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I am totally into anything spicy lately. This sounds like a great way to mix it up!

  11. Hi Kalina, and welcome! Hope you enjoy the recipes.

  12. hi Kalyn,
    i love your blog. just subscribed to get your posts in my email. i got you through Damaris' blog.
    hugs from england, Kalina

  13. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Looks great! I make something close to this but add kidney beans or chickpeas and add some moisture (tomato sauce or chicken broth or whatever) to make it more stew-like. I have never thought of adding mint though. I also make my own baharat with a recipe I got from food.com and tweeked to my own liking:
    2 tablespoons ground black pepper
    2 tablespoons paprika
    2 tablespoons ground cumin
    1 tablespoon ground coriander
    2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1 teaspoon ground cloves
    1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
    My husband is Arab and he approves! 🙂

  15. Joanne, I would love this seasoning on chickpeas.

    Dara, I am having fun with the spices!

    Lydia, I need to explore the middle eastern markets here a bit more.

    Thanks Barbara! It was very tasty.

    Jessen, thanks for sharing that. I did notice a few different variations of it when I was searching for recipes.

  16. Hi Kayln! Although I never commented, I love your site and have been a follower for Years!
    I wanted to say that the Baharat spice mixture is different depending on what region your from. My family is Palestinian and came from Jordan. The 7 Spice Mixture we use is Allspice, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Clove, Black Pepper, Cumin and Coriander. I know in Syria they add Paprika. Anyways, Thanks for a Great and Creative Site to Stop by at(Love your work and ideas). Have a Great Day!

  17. I love this style of mince. I have not heard of this spice before but I will keep a look out for it. It sounds interesting.

  18. I love baharat, and I'm lucky to have a Middle Eastern market in Boston where I can buy it. How lovely to have a reader who sends you spices!

  19. Effie definitely gave you some wonderful spice blends to play with. This is one I would happily sprinkle into any soup or stew.

  20. There's really little i love more than middle eastern spice blends. I'm going to have to try this one out on some lentils or chickpeas!