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Hummus bil Lahme

Hummus bil Lahme (Hummus with Spiced Lamb)

If you love hummus but want it to be a tad more flavorful, why not add some spiced meat as a topping. While hummus bil lahme indicates spiced lamb, you can also use ground beef, ground chicken, or heartier meat substitutes for this recipe.
Photo by: Sabrina Baksh/derrickriches.com
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Sabrina Baksh


  • 2 1/2 cups hummus See below for link to recipe

for spiced meat:

  • 3/4 pound of ground lamb or protein of choice
  • 1/2 sweet onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon baharat seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 to mato chopped (garnish)
  • 3-4 mint leaves finely chopped (garnish)
  • Salt optional


  • In a medium skillet, heat olive oil. Add chopped onions and cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. The object is to sweat the onions, not brown them. Add minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Transfer onions and garlic to a clean bowl.
  • Add a little extra oil (about 1 teaspoon) to skillet. Add ground meat and season with baharat mixture, and cook for 6-8 minutes. Scoop away any rendered oil and discard. Stir in cooked onion, garlic and toasted pine nuts to meat mixture. Cook through for 1 more minute and remove from heat.
  • To assemble: Place hummus in a clean serving bowl. Top with cooked meat mixture and garnish with chopped tomato and mint. Serve immediately along with sliced pita bread or vegetables.


*I recommend using a meat substitute that has the texture of cooked beef. Simply follow the above instructions above for preparing the meat topping, but adjust time for doneness.