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4.84 from 6 votes


These Middle Eastern meat stuffed pita bread are the perfect bite. The pita is crunchy and the filling is well seasoned and tender. It is an addicting bite.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: arabic street food, Arayes, easy dinner idea, Fufus Kitchen, meat stuffed pita
Servings: 10 halves
Author: Heifa


  • 1 lb Ground Lamb or Ground Beef or 1/2 a pound of each combined
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 tbsp Seven spice or all spice
  • 1 tbsp Paprika preferabbly smoked
  • Salt & pepper to taste at leas 1 tsp salt.
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 3 Garlic cloves
  • 1 cup Parsley
  • 1 Small Tomato
  • 1 tsp Red chili paste optional
  • 5 Pita Bread cut in half and opened
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil for brushing the pita


  • In a food processor or blender, pulse together the onion, garlic, tomato, and parsley. Drain from excess liquid.
  • Add that mixture to the ground meat and mix.
  • Season the ground meat with the above seasonings, tomato paste, and chili paste. Make sure it is well seasoned.
  • Mix everything together very well.
    arayes filling
  • Place about 1/3 cup of filling into each pita; about medium thickness. Spread it out. The meat layer should be visible when looking at the opened side of the pita.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  • Line a pan with parchment paper or nonstick spray.
  • Brush olive oil on each side of the pita then sprinkle with a little salt. You can also use non stick oil spary and spray each side of the pita.
  • Add the pita's to a pan. Bake for about 8 minutes on each side until crisp. Enjoy warm. You can use plain yogurt to dip in as well if you prefer.