Beef Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce

beef gyro

This beef gyro is made in a flash with an electric pressure cooker. 

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. beef chuck roast, sliced into thin  quarter-inch strips 
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced 
  • 2-3 Tbs. olive oil, for browning meat
  • 1 tsp. oregano flakes 
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes 
  • 1 cup beef broth 
  • Soft pita bread 
  • Leaf lettuce, torn 
  • Grape tomatoes, halved, for topping
  • Shredded carrots and diced cucumbers, for topping

Marinade

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano leaves 

Tzatziki Sauce 

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup diced cucumber, seeded
  • 1 Tbs. dried dill
  • 1 clove garlic, minced 
  • 1 tsp. red wine vinegar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • kosher salt and pepper, to taste  

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine oregano, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to make a spice blend.  Remove beef from marinade and pat dry with paper towels; season beef with prepared spice blend.   
  2. Using the sauté setting of your pressure cooker, add a bit of oil to the pot; when oil is hot, add beef chunks, a few at a time, browning on all sides, working in batches.  When all beef is browned, drain most of the fats from the pressure cooker pot.  Deglaze pot with 1 cup beef broth. Return beef to broth in pot and lock pressure cooker lid into place; choose high pressure setting for 40 minutes.  When timer sounds, use a natural release to allow all pressure from pressure cooker to naturally remove itself.   Remove lid and test beef to be sure it’s fork-tender.  Using a slotted spoon, remove beef to a platter and shred gently, using two forks. 
  3. To serve, place warm beef onto warm pitas; top beef with pan juices (if desired) prepared  sauce, lettuce, and desired vegetables; fold into a wrap. Try your best to eat just one. 

Tzatziki Sauce

Combine yogurt, cucumber, dill, garlic, vinegar and lemon zest in a medium bowl, stirring until combined; season to taste with salt and pepper. 

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