Beef Shwarma in the Slow Cooker


beef shwarma in the slow cooker


We loved this meal!  First, because it just tastes great.  It’s a bit of a change from the normal fare.  Tender beef cooked with mid-East flavors, stuffed in pocket bread.  I served it with cucumber-yogurt sauce instead of the more traditional tahini sauce.  Either way is delicious.

I also love that it cooks in the crockpot.  And leftovers can easily be reheated for lunch or for those nights when we are eating in shifts due to work and soccer practices.

I adapted the recipe from Chicken Shwarma.  Both are tasty, but I think I have a slight preference for this beef version.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:  


Beef Shwarma in the Slow Cooker

Serves: 6-8 servings

  • 6 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 6 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. curry powder
  • 2 dashes ground red pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2.5 - 3 lbs. thin cut, boneless beef steak
  • 8 oz plain or Greek yogurt
  • 1 small cucumber, chopped
  • pita bread
  1. Stir lemon juice, olive oil, salt, curry, cayenne pepper and garlic together in a small bowl.
  2. Place meat in slow cooker.
  3. Pour mixture over the top and stir to combine with meat.
  4. Cook on high 5-6 hours or low 7-8 hours
  5. Combine yogurt and cucumber.
  6. Serve cooked meat in pita bread with cucumber-yogurt sauce.


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  1. I’m making this today, following along with the whole 30 plan. I fried the curry in the oil (this is standard in most curry recipes) and bumped it up a bit. Also I’m adding some sweet potatoes at the end as part of the meat weight. Will serve with the yogurt cucumber sauce with cilantro, feta, colored bell peppers, tomatoes and shredded lettuce.


  2. What kind of curry powder do you use? Is it crushed red pepper or cayenne pepper (it references one and then the other in the ingredients/instructions)? What is the actual cut of beef you recommend? My grocery doesn’t list anything as “thin cut, boneless beef steak”. I’m excited to make this!

  3. My family does not care for Curry. What other spice could I substitiue with? Thanks.

  4. Michelle says:

    What size slow cooker do you like to use for just meat recipes?

  5. I hate to sound ignorant, but do you cut up the meat first or after it’s cooked? Thanks for sharing the recipe! It sounds delish!

    • I’ve done it both ways. If I have a large cut, like a thick round steak or roast I shred the meat after cooking. If I have the very thin cut steaks, I’ll slice it before cooking.

  6. This sounds delicious. I’m going to make it next week. My question is, I have young children, do you think cutting the cayenne pepper down a lot, or omitting it all together will take away from the recipe too much? Or is it not real spicy? Anything with any spiciness and they will not eat it.


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