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Moroccan Spiced Ground Lamb Tacos

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I can’t wait for you to try these ground lamb tacos! There are so many delicious flavors going on – we have Moroccan-inspired spiced lamb (that is succulent and rich and delicious); whipped lemon feta dip (IYKYK); crunchy shredded cabbage; and bright pickled red onions – all rolled up in a charred corn tortilla. We’re leaning on Moroccan inspiration in taco form for a fusion meal that’s oh-so-yummy and uh, it’s pretty easy too!

If you love lamb as much as we do, be sure to try my Greek lamb meatballs and lamb stew next time.

Lamb tacos with pickled red onions

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

What You’ll Love About Lamb Tacos

  • Feels slightly fancy, but it is easy!
  • Perfect for entertaining
  • An explosion of flavors
  • Made with 8 ingredients plus spices
  • Just 30 minutes total time
Ground lamb tacos on a marble background

Ingredients

The ingredients to make this lamb tacos recipe may seem like a lot, but a lot of the spices you probably already have in your spice cabinet, so don’t be overwhelmed!

  • Lamb – We’ve used ground lamb in these tacos. If you can’t find lamb, you could also use ground beef, ground pork, or even ground turkey.
  • Spices – Sea salt, garlic powder, ground cumin, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, freshly cracked pepper
  • Onion – I recommend a red onion for best flavor and color.
  • Vinegar – Use distilled white vinegar, or your favorite white balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
  • Whipped lemon feta dip – This dip is insanely popular for a good reason – it’s delicious and it is SO SO good on these tacos. It’s simple to make, too.
  • Cabbage – Use green cabbage and shred as thinly as possible. You could also use shredded coleslaw as a shortcut, look for angel hair coleslaw if you can.
  • Corn tortillas – Corn tortillas give a great flavor (especially when you char them a bit) but you could also use flour tortillas as well.
Ingredients to make ground lamb tacos

How to Make Lamb Tacos

Let’s make some ground lamb tacos! This is an overview, the detailed instructions can be found below in the recipe card.

  • Make pickled red onions. Thinly slice red onion and place into bowl or jar with white vinegar.
Pickled red onions in jar
  • Make lemon feta dip. You can follow the instructions from that post – it is SO worth it and only takes about 10 minutes.
whipped lemon feta dip in food processor
  • Mix seasonings. In a small pinch bowl, mix together sea salt, garlic powder, ground cumin, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, freshly cracked pepper.
  • Cook lamb. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add lamb and break up with a spatula or wooden spoon. Sprinkle with seasonings and stir in. Cook until cooked through. Drain fat if necessary.
Ground lamb cooking in pan
  • Prep taco ingredients. While lamb is cooking, shred or thinly slice green cabbage (as thin as possible!) and char or heat tortillas – either over a gas flame or on a hot skillet.
  • Assemble tacos. Spread lemon feta onto tortilla and top with spiced lamb, shredded cabbage, and pickled onions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are lamb tacos Mexican?

No, these lamb tacos are not really a traditional Mexican taco, but more of a Moroccan-Mexican fusion of both. We have traditional Moroccan flavors with the lamb – wrapped up in a Mexican

Can you use ground lamb for tacos?

Yes! You can use ground lamb for tacos, whether you use a more traditional spice mix (like in my ground chicken tacos or ground beef quesadillas) or use this Moroccan-inspired spice mix, ground lamb is delicious in tacos.

Lamb taco with toppings on white background

Storage Instructions

Store the ground lamb taco components separately in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

How to reheat

Reheat lamb in a hot skillet or microwave until heated through.

Can you freeze lamb taco meat?

Yes, you can freeze lamb taco meat in an airtight container for 2-3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Lamb taco with pickled red onion

How to Serve Lamb Tacos to the Whole Family

I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in. 😉

I would recommend serving the lamb in a pinch bowl (taster bowl) if it’s a new or learning-to-like it food and let everyone build their own tacos. Serve the meal with a few items you know your kids will eat, like refried beans, fruit, or cheese quesadillas.

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Ground lamb tacos with pickled red onions

What to Serve with Lamb Tacos

I’ve designed this ground lamb taco recipe to really include everything you need in a meal – protein, fat, carbs, veggies, and FLAVOR (!!!) but here are a few other easy side dish ideas:

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Lamb tacos with pickled red onions

Moroccan Spiced Ground Lamb Tacos

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Description

These ground lamb tacos are SO delicious! Each bite of Moroccan spiced lamb, whipped feta dip, crunchy cabbage, and bright pickled onions is to die for. 


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 lb. ground lamb
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • freshly cracked pepper
  • 1/2 red onion
  • white vinegar
  • whipped lemon feta
  • 1/4 head green cabbage
  • 12 corn tortillas


Instructions

  1. Make pickled red onions. Thinly slice red onion and place into a bowl or small jar and cover with white vinegar.
  2. Make whipped lemon feta dip.
  3. Mix up seasonings in a pinch bowl.
  4. Heat oil in a stainless steel or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add lamb and break up with a spatula or wooden spoon. Sprinkle with seasonings and stir in. Cook for about 5-7 minutes, until lamb is cooked through. Drain fat if necessary.
  5. Meanwhile, shred cabbage as thinly as possible and char tortillas over a gas flame or on a hot skillet.
  6. Assemble tacos. Spread lemon feta onto tortilla and top with spiced lamb, shredded cabbage, and pickled onions.

Notes

  • The lemon feta dip is highly recommended, but you could also swap it for some feta cheese crumbles if you prefer. 

Keywords: lamb tacos, ground lamb tacos

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