Greek Lamb Tacos with Minted Yogurt Sauce, cucumber and radishes, made with tender, falling off the bone, slow-roasted Lamb shoulder. Delicious flavors! 

Greek Lamb Tacos with Tzatziki Sauce, cucumber and radishes. A Made with tender, falling off the bone, slow-roasted Lamb shoulder. Delicious flavors! #lamb #lambtacos #lambshoulder #slowroasted #braisedlamb www.feastingathome.com

These Greek Lamb Tacos are a feast for the senses!  In this recipe, lamb shoulder is rubbed with a fragrant herb paste and slow-roasted in the oven until tender and falling apart. Perfect for lazy Sundays, when time is long.

When it’s done, about 3 hours later, the meat pulls apart easily with two forks and is served with a smorgasbord of toasted tortillas, cucumbers, radishes, feta crumbles, parsley, creamy Tzatziki Sauce and an optional but flavorful Herb-Caper Sauce. In summer add vine-ripened tomatoes and greek olives.

Greek Lamb Tacos with Tzatziki Sauce, cucumber and radishes. A Made with tender, falling off the bone, slow-roasted Lamb shoulder. Delicious flavors! #lamb #lambtacos #lambshoulder #slowroasted #braisedlamb www.feastingathome.com

Here I’ve used a 5-6 pound boneless lamb shoulder, perfect for entertaining, or for making ahead and freezing in batches.

 

Greek lamb Tacos with Minted Yogurt Sauce, cucumber, radish, feta and an herb-caper drizzle- a feast for the senses! | www.feastingathome.com

It’s cooked in a very large Dutch Oven, over a bed of onions, bay leaves and white wine.

Greek lamb Tacos with Minted Yogurt Sauce, cucumber, radish, feta and an herb-caper drizzle- a feast for the senses! | www.feastingathome.com

A simple herb paste is made with garlic, herbs, salt and olive oil.

Greek lamb Tacos with Minted Yogurt Sauce, cucumber, radish, feta and an herb-caper drizzle- a feast for the senses! | www.feastingathome.com

It’s rubbed all over the shoulder and then into the oven it goes. About 15 minutes of hands-on time before braising in the oven for 3 hours.

Greek lamb Tacos with Minted Yogurt Sauce, cucumber, radish, feta and an herb-caper drizzle- a feast for the senses! | www.feastingathome.com

While its cooking, make the simple sides. Lots of freshness here, to counterbalance the richness of the lamb.

A simple Minted Yogurt Sauce is stirred together with lemon zest and optional chili flakes. Or serve with this Creamy Tzatziki Sauce!

Greek lamb Tacos with Minted Yogurt Sauce, cucumber, radish, feta and an herb-caper drizzle- a feast for the senses! | www.feastingathome.com

Once the lamb is tender, drain the fat, reserving the melted wine-infused onions, then gently pull the meat apart.

Greek lamb Tacos with Minted Yogurt Sauce, cucumber, radish, feta and an herb-caper drizzle- a feast for the senses! | www.feastingathome.com

Quite easy work for such a delicious feast.

Let guests serve themselves, creating their own perfect Greek Lamb Taco.

Greek lamb Tacos with Minted Yogurt Sauce, cucumber, radish, feta and an herb-caper drizzle- a feast for the senses! | www.feastingathome.com

The extra meat can be frozen for later and turned into a simple stew, or a tasty Shepard’s Pie.

Or turn all the leftovers into a Greek Lamb Bowl served over rice ( or cauliflower rice) during the busy workweek.

Greek Lamb Tacos- a delicious way to celebrate this  Cinco de Mayo!

I hope you love these Greek Lamb Tacos as much as we do….so much flavor happening here!

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Greek Lamb Tacos


Description

Slow-Braised Lamb Shoulder tucked into tacos with minted yogurt ( or tzatziki sauce)  cucumber and radishes an optional herb-caper sauce. Full of flavor!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 56 pound boneless lamb shoulder
  • 12 fat garlic cloves
  • ½ cup packed fresh herbs- thyme, parsley, oregano or sage or a combination
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • zest of ½ a lemon
  • 56 teaspoons kosher salt ( 1 teaspoon for every pound of meat)
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • —-
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 bay leaves

Taco fillings:

  • 1 english cucumber- sliced or diced
  • 6 radishes- sliced or diced
  • 1 cup crumbled feta ( optional- or make yogurt sauce or tzatziki sauce)
  • ½ cup fresh torn Italian parsley or mint leaves ( for garnish)
  • 1012 small Tortillas ( I prefer a blend of flour and corn)

Minted Yogurt Sauce ( or sub Tzatziki Sauce! )

  • 1 cup Greek-style yogurt ( whole milk)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • zest of a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice ( or lime)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 tablespoons fresh chopped mint
  • —–

Herbed Caper Sauce – optional

  • ½ cup mint
  • ½ cup parsley
  • 12 garlic cloves- finely minced
  • C olive oil
  • Zest of one lemon
  • C fresh lemon juice (half a lemon)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tablespoons capers

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Let meat rest on counter and come to room temp. Trim any excess fat. ( A little is ok)
  3. Make the herb paste: Place garlic, oil, herbs, zest, salt and pepper in a blender or food processor and blend into a paste.
  4. Slice the onion into ⅓ -½ inch rings and lay in the bottom of a large Dutch oven, creating a foundation for the lamb to rest on. Add the bay leaves. Pour the cup of wine over the onion.
  5. Rub the lamb with the garlic herb paste, coating all sides well,l using it all up, getting in all the nooks and crannies, inside and out. Place the meat over the onions in the pot. Cover with a tight filling lid and place in the hot oven. The lamb will take roughly about 3 hours to cook and become tender, give or take, depending on size and weight. Check after 2 hours, then every ½ hour after that. It is done when the meat easy pulls apart with two forks.
  6. While the lamb is braising, prep the veggies. Slice or dice the cucumber and radishes. Chop the herbs. Make the Minted Yogurt sauce by stirring the ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  7. When the meat is tender, using tongs, carefully remove it from the pan, placing it on a dish. Discard the Bay leaves. Fish out the flavorful melted onions and save them with the meat. Pour all the fat/liquid out of the pan, saving it. Return the lamb and onions to the pan, shred it a little with two forks and season with salt. Either skim the fat from the braising liquid ( which will rise to the surface) or chill it- (it will harden) and you can easily remove it. You can add a little braising liquid back into the lamb ( this step is optional-but adds more moisture and flavor).
  8. Serve up the lamb with toasted tortillas ( or lightly grill them over your gas burner on the stove) and all the sides.
  9. NOTES: For another added burst of flavor make the Optional Herbed Caper Drizzle. Place all but the capers in a food processor and pulse repeated, until chopped evenly ( but not smooth). Pour in a small bowl. Stir in the Capers.


Nutrition

  • Calories: 550

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. This is one of my favorite recipes now. I have made it with Lamb, pork, and Beef. And sometimes I make it in the slow cooker so i dont have to worry about the oven being on while I go to work. 10/10 and the perfect recipe to have in the back pocket to impress guests

    1. What modifications do you make to cook this in the slow cooker? Do you add any liquid and how long do you cook it for?

      1. Hey Protima- honestly I’m not the best at using a cooker- so I can’t give specifics. I’m sorry. Has anyone else tried this in a slow cooker?

  2. This was delicious! Made your Tzatziki Sauce and the Herb Sauce to go with the tacos, both were fantastic. Our guests asked for the recipe!