Gyros Spice Mix with a kick

"Use this on whole or cut up pieces of meat. If the chili powder seems to hot for you, leave it out, it will still be a nice spice mix. There is no salt added to the mix.When marinating small pieces of meat I like to add fresh cut up coriander leaves. Marinating time can be 20 minutes and up to a day. Together with the lemon juice you can also use buttermilk or yogurt."
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Ready In:
1 small jar




  • Mix herbs and spices, transfer to a jar.
  • Use for chicken, lamb, pork and minced/ground meats.
  • Mix a few teaspoons with lemon/lime juice, olive oil and salt to taste and mix that with the type of meat you selected.
  • For kebabs or burgers, add to the mince with some salt.

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  1. Michelle S.
    TO DIE FOR!!! I used 1 T. chili powder being that this was the first time I made this. I also halved the cinnamon as I was a little nervous to use so much! I mixed 3 teaspoons with 3/4 lb ground lamb and 1 1/2 lb ground chuck with a generous squirt of fresh lemon juice, a crushed clove of garlic, and a chopped onion. I let the mixture sit all morning and made up patties in the evening. We grilled them and made them into Gyros burgers as Dh forgot to pick up pitas! Even the kids ate every last drop and as picky as they are that's a miracle! This mix will become a staple in our house, I can't wait to try it with other meats! Thanks Annelies!
  2. Dwight S.
    I am actually not going to make this recipe. I have ate a lot of gyros, some from NY deli which were out of this world, some in Houston that were excellent (nick the greeks), and many at other greek and Mediterranean restaurants. Most very good and a few I will never eat again! As of yet I have never had one that has cinnamon in it? For those of you that are probably more astute about greek food then me, is that really authentic or something you will find in the Mediterranean gyros? I can taste cinnamon in most foods. I find it disgusting when in strong doses in meats. There are some mexi dishes when not overpowering it is good. Same with Jamaican. But mostly it gags me when more then just a little. A teaspoon of cinnamon is overpowering. Also chili powder? Which should always be denoted as to whether it is ground NM chili or the blended McCormack spices. They can be good but I have never noted any gyros that have that addition of either blended chili powder or NM red chili powder mild or hot! Sorry this recipe does not sound like anything more then a taco or enchilada mix with thyme, coriander and parsley added. Just wondering. I see some comments that would lead me to think it has some poor Greek flavors too.
  3. OFFICE G.
    Any of you ever been to Greece!? Believe not. This has NOTHING to do with any kind of gyros
  4. Will R.
    Hope you like taco meat cause that's what it tastes like.
  5. Casandra C.
    This was good. I added 4 cloves of minced garlic and the seasoning to the hot pan before adding the chicken. I separately sautéd a yellow onion and and orange and yellow bell pepper. The gyros were delicious.


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