Lebanese Meat Stuffed Pitas (Arayes)

Lebanese Meat Stuffed Pitas are a Middle Eastern street food that makes a great meal, snack or addition to an appetizer platter. Arayes are stuffed pita with the Mediterranean ground beef mixture along with diced tomatoes and fresh herbs and heat them in a skillet until crispy. You can serve them with hummus or yogurt sauce and garnish with fresh parsley and a Lebanese salad. 

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Total Servings: 4-6


  • 1 pound of ground beef 
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper 
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper 
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon clove 
  • 1/4 cup parsley, packed
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts {optional} 
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste 
  • 5 pita pockets 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more Hummus or tahini yogurt sauce


  1. In a large skillet heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground beef, onion, salt, pepper, garlic and spices and cook until the beef is browned. Optional: you can add in the pine nuts at this step if you want. 
  2. Drain the beef and add to a large mixing bowl. 
  3. Mix in the parsley, pine nuts {optional} and tomato paste with the ground beef and mix well. 
  4. Cut the pita rounds into triangles. Lay the pita out on a cutting board and spoon about 2 tablespoons of the beef mixture into each pita. 
  5. Rub olive oil on each side of the pita. Heat in the skillet for about 2-3 minutes on each side until crispy and warmed through. 
  6. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Brush each side of the pita with olive oil. 
  7. Put the pita in the skillet and cook for about 3-4 minutes per side until the pita is just crisp and the beef is heated. 8. Serve warm with Lebanese salad and parsley for garnish and hummus or tahini sauce on the side.


AIR FRY: You can air fry these at 350 degrees F for about 10-12 minutes.

BAKE IN THE OVEN: You can bake this in the oven at 400 degrees F for about 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through.