Greek Sloppy Joe Pitas


Pita pockets, the dependable stuff-it bread for tumbling-ingredient sandwiches, are perfect for holding this joe made with Greece's ubiquitous lamb and trademark Mediterranean herbs.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Slow Cook Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 ½ pound lean ground lamb

  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion (1 large)

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 15-16 ounce can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed and drained

  • 1 14.5 ounce can stewed tomatoes, undrained and cut up

  • ¼ cup dry red wine

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • 1 teaspoon dried mint, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon dried marjoram, crushed

  • 6 whole wheat or plain pita bread rounds, cut in half

  • Assorted toppers, such as crumbled feta cheese with tomatoes and basil or plain feta cheese, sliced cucumber, and/or sliced Kalamata olives (optional)


  1. In a large skillet cook ground lamb, onion, and garlic over medium heat until meat is brown and onion is tender, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks. Drain off fat.

  2. In a 4- to 5-quart slow cooker combine meat mixture, beans, tomatoes, wine, bay leaf, oregano, mint, salt, thyme, and marjoram.

  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours. Remove and discard bay leaf.

  4. To serve, use a slotted spoon to spoon meat mixture into pita bread halves. If desired, add desired toppers.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

307 Calories
15g Fat
30g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 307
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 448mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 5.3mg 27%
Calcium 50.5mg 4%
Iron 3.1mg 17%
Potassium 345mg 7%
Folate, total 52.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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