Mouth-Watering Turkish-Style Mince You Can’t Resist!

Are you tired of the same old recipes? Ready to try something different, but still packed with flavor? Look no further than my Turkish Style Mince Recipe!

As an Israeli chef, I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing and exploring a variety of cuisines. But one that always stands out to me is Turkish cuisine. The combination of spices and flavors is truly unique and delicious.

This recipe for Turkish Style Mince combines ground lamb and beef with paprika, cumin powder, and other aromatic spices to create a dish that is both hearty and comforting. It’s perfect for a cozy night in or serving to guests at a dinner party.

Not only is this dish delicious, it’s also incredibly easy to make. With just a few simple steps, even a beginner cook can whip up this tasty meal.

So why not give my Turkish Style Mince Recipe a try? Your taste buds will thank you!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Turkish Style Mince
Turkish Style Mince

Looking for a new and flavorful way to spice up your weeknight dinners? Look no further than this delicious Turkish Style Mince Recipe! Whether you’re a fan of Turkish cuisine or simply looking to try something new, this recipe is exactly what you need.

What makes this recipe stand out is its unique blend of herbs and spices – from cumin powder and paprika, to black pepper and flat leaf parsley, the flavors come together perfectly for a mouth-watering experience. The mince itself is made with a combination of ground lamb and beef, giving it a hearty texture that is sure to please.

But the best part about this recipe is how versatile it is. You can customize it easily by substituting ingredients or adding your own variations. Bell peppers and tomatoes make great additions, adding an extra touch of color and flavor to the dish. And if you’re vegetarian, you can even swap out the meat for tofu or diced eggplant for an equally delicious result.

But don’t just take my word for it – try whipping up this recipe yourself and see why so many people fall in love with Turkish cuisine. Whether you enjoy it on its own or pair it with some classic Turkish sides like pide or kiymali pilav, this mince recipe is guaranteed to satisfy your cravings and impress your taste buds. So why wait? Go ahead and give it a try today!

Ingredient List

 Juicy and savory ground beef cooked to perfection
Juicy and savory ground beef cooked to perfection

The Turkish style mince recipe calls for a variety of delicious ingredients that blend together to create a mouth-watering dish. Here’s what you’ll need to gather before you get started:


  • 250 g lean ground beef
  • 250 g ground lamb


  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled and finely chopped
  • Handful of flat leaf parsley, finely chopped

Spices & Others:

  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • Salt and black pepper (to taste)
  • Olive oil (for frying)
  • 2 tbsp Turkish style finely chopped tomato puree

The Recipe How-To

 A medley of Turkish spices infusing rich flavors in every bite
A medley of Turkish spices infusing rich flavors in every bite

Now, let’s get to the exciting part – making this delicious Turkish style mince recipe! Preparation time for this dish is around 20 minutes and cooking time is approximately 40 minutes.


To start, gather all the ingredients on the kitchen counter. You will need:

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 500g (1lb) lean ground lamb
  • 500g (1 lb) lean ground beef
  • 1 large bell pepper, thinly diced
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
  • Fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped


  1. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the finely chopped onion and minced garlic to the pan, stirring with a wooden spoon for about three minutes until they start to soften.

  2. Add the ground lamb and beef to the pan, cooking until browned while breaking it up with the wooden spoon, then drain any excess fat from the meat.

  3. Add peppers and tomatoes together with salt and black pepper to taste. Cook everything in the pan over medium heat for five more minutes until both vegetables are softened.

  4. Pour in tomato puree, paprika, cumin powder, and continue stirring for two or three more minutes until everything is well combined.

  5. Finally, add fresh parsley to garnish.

This Turkish style mince recipe can be served with rice pilaf or pide bread on the side or as part of a larger feast that includes other traditional dishes like yogurt sauce, turkey keema or even eggplant moussaka. It also pairs well with baked potatoes or potato stew for a heartier meal.

Enjoy your delicious Turkish style mince dish that combines bold flavors of paprika and cumin with the tenderness of lamb and beef; a mouthwatering experience that you won’t want to miss!

Substitutions and Variations

 Crisp vegetables adding a pop of color and texture to the dish
Crisp vegetables adding a pop of color and texture to the dish

As versatile as it is, there are always ways to make this Turkish style mince recipe your own. Whether you’re catering to dietary restrictions or looking to switch things up from the classic version, here are some ideas for substitutions and variations you can try.

For a vegetarian option, swap out the ground lamb and beef for plant-based alternatives like crumbled tofu or textured vegetable protein (TVP). You can even try mixing in other veggies like finely chopped mushrooms, eggplant or zucchini.

To kick up the heat level, add some crushed red pepper flakes or diced jalapenos to your mince mix. Alternatively, opt for a mild but fragrant spice blend like garam masala or ras el hanout. You can also experiment with different ratios of paprika, cumin and black pepper to adjust the flavor profile to your liking.

For a heartier meal, consider incorporating starchy veggies like potatoes or sweet potatoes into your mince mix. Simply peel and dice them into small cubes, then add them to the pan along with the other ingredients. You can also use this mince as a filling for baked potatoes or a topping for pasta dishes.

If you’re up for a challenge, you can even try making your own Turkish-style pide bread to serve alongside your mince. Or, instead of bread, you could serve it with rice pilaf (kiymali pilav) for a classic Turkish combination.

No matter how you choose to customize it, this Turkish-style mince recipe is sure to be a hit at any gathering. Don’t be afraid to get creative and put your own spin on this delicious dish!

Serving and Pairing

 An amalgamation of garlic and onions sizzling in the skillet
An amalgamation of garlic and onions sizzling in the skillet

Now, let’s talk serving and pairing. This Turkish style mince recipe pairs perfectly with a variety of dishes. Serve it over rice, pilaf or mashed potatoes for a hearty meal. You can also stuff the mince into a pide (Turkish pizza) or flatbread for a quick and easy lunch or snack.

For a more elegant presentation, consider serving this dish on a bed of eggplant or alongside roasted vegetables. The flavors in this dish are bold and complex, so be sure to pair it with something that can hold up to its intensity.

As far as sauces go, a yogurt sauce or tomato based sauce would go great with this dish. The tanginess of the yogurt sauce would complement the spices and the acidity of the tomatoes would balance out the richness of the meat.

If you’re looking for some wine pairing recommendations, try pairing this dish with a full-bodied red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon or Chianti. Alternatively, if you want something lighter, opt for a crisp white wine like Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

Lastly, don’t forget to garnish your dish with fresh parsley and lemon wedge to add that extra pop of freshness!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A mouth-watering aroma wafting through the kitchen
A mouth-watering aroma wafting through the kitchen

Are you wondering if you can make this Turkish style mince recipe ahead of time or how to store the leftovers? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.

You can easily make this recipe ahead of time, and it will keep well in the refrigerator for up to three days. Simply allow it to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container. You can also freeze the cooked mince, letting it thaw in the fridge before reheating.

When reheating, gently reheat the mince until hot in a frying pan or saucepan over medium heat while stirring occasionally. You may need to add a little bit of liquid (like water, beef broth or tomato sauce) to loosen up the mixture. Avoid microwaving it as this may ruin its texture.

If you’re meal prepping or making leftovers for future meals, it’s helpful to separate the mince into individual portions for easier reheating, and add some lemon wedges, fresh parsley or chopped veggies on top. This would add extra flavor and freshness when reheated.

Overall, this Turkish style mince recipe is a great make-ahead dish that can be quickly and easily stored in your fridge or freezer and reheated for a delicious and hassle-free meal any time you need it.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Soft, buttery potatoes soaking up all the delicious meaty goodness
Soft, buttery potatoes soaking up all the delicious meaty goodness

As an Israeli chef, I have some tips and tricks to help you achieve perfect results when making this Turkish Style Mince Recipe. Here are some things to keep in mind:

First of all, don’t be afraid to use a mix of ground beef and lamb. It gives the dish a unique flavor that’s far more interesting than just using one or the other. Additionally, make sure to use lean cuts of meat. You want some fat for flavor, but too much will make the dish greasy.

When cooking the meat, use a non-stick frying pan over medium heat with a bit of olive oil. Once it starts to brown, you can add in your finely chopped onion and garlic. Make sure to cook until everything is soft and fragrant, about three minutes.

One thing that sets this recipe apart is the use of tomato paste and puree as well as diced tomatoes. It gives the final dish a complex flavor profile that’s both savory and sweet. Be sure to let it all simmer together for at least twenty minutes so that the flavors meld beautifully.

To add extra depth to the dish, try adding a bit of smoked paprika and cumin powder. These spices are key components in traditional Turkish cuisine and will really elevate your mince recipe.

Finally, don’t skip on the fresh parsley and lemon wedge garnish! They’ll give your dish a bright freshness that will balance out all the rich flavors of the beef and lamb.

Follow these tips, and you’ll have an amazing Turkish Style Mince Recipe every time!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Turkish Style Mince Recipe is sure to become one of your go-to recipes when you want to impress your family and friends with a delicious and exotic meal. With its tantalizing blend of herbs and spices, juicy beef and lamb mince, and sweet bell peppers and tomatoes, it’s an explosion of flavors that’ll make you feel like you’ve gone on a culinary adventure.

By following my detailed instructions and tips, you can easily master this recipe, even if you’re not an experienced cook. And with the many substitutions and variations I’ve suggested, you can customize it to your taste or available ingredients.

Whether you serve it with rice or flatbread or use it as a topping for pide, pasta, or baked potatoes, this Turkish style mince recipe will surely be a hit. Don’t forget to garnish it with some fresh parsley and serve it with lemon wedges to brighten up the dish.

So what are you waiting for? Head to the kitchen, get out your frying pan, gather your ingredients, and start cooking! You’re sure to impress yourself and your loved ones with this mouthwatering dish!

Turkish Style Mince

Turkish Style Mince Recipe

This recipe has been influenced by a popular dish from Turkey called Lahmajoun and of a popular Indian dish called Keema. The combination of flavours within the mince give a warm, delicately spiced taste. This works great a slice of flat bread, in a wrap (lettuce or flour based) or simply on its own. These favours also work well in a leaner mince such as chicken or turkey and for a vegan substitute you can easily replace this with tofu and scramble it.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Turkish
Calories 404.6 kcal


  • 500 g lean ground lamb (you can use tofu as vegan alternative)
  • 1 medium white onion, thinly diced
  • 2 bells bell peppers, thinly diced
  • 1 large red chili, de-seeded and diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 15 g flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon himalayan salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • flat bread
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • lemon wedge


  • Start by adding oil to a pan on a medium heat and add the onions and garlic. Allow this to cook, slowly, stirring constantly to let the onions soften and colour slightly to bring out all the flavour. This should take about 2 minutes.
  • Once ready add the mince with the chopped bell peppers, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Continue to cook this for 6 to 8 minutes, breaking up the mince and letting the water coming from the mince reduce.
  • Now add the tomatoes, tomato puree and chilli, reducing the heat on low with a lid on, allowing the dish to simmer until the tomatoes cook and the dish deepens to a dark red colour. This normally takes around another 10 minutes and to ensure an even cook and the flavours to mix in, give this a stir every so often.
  • At the final stage remove the dish from the heat and add stir in the fresh parsley and add more salt if required. Toast some flat bread and serve with a squeeze of lemon over the top.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 286gCalories: 404.6kcalCarbohydrates: 9.4gProtein: 22.5gFat: 30.8gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 91.2mgSodium: 374.5mgFiber: 2.6gSugar: 4.5g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Indian, Lamb/Sheep, Meat, Middle Eastern, Turkish, Vegan
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