hummus malei hummus malei Israeli Kitchen This shawarma-spiced meat turns hummus into a filling and hearty meal. (Photo: Davida Graber)

Hummus malei

This spicy meat dish turns the Mediterranean's favorite spread into a filling meal.

  • Yield: Serves 2- 4
  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes

The Hebrew word malei means “full” – which is exactly how you’ll feel after partaking of this hummus dish! Hummus has definitely been a shining star in the culinary world, with popular recipes including dessert hummus, hummus made of beets, sweet potatoes and other surprising ingredients, and of course, the classic and well-loved traditional chickpea hummus. But we’d like to introduce one more way to serve up this savory creamy spread – as a background to perfectly seasoned ground meat, topped with caramelized shawarma-flavored onions.

If you’ve got a group of friends ready to share this with you, definitely double up on the ingredients. You can use leftovers for an awesome sandwich on a sub with lettuce and tomato – no mayo needed!


  • 1 pound ground beef or dark meat turkey
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 container hummus
  • Pereg* shawarma seasoning
  • Pepper
  • Ground red pepper, optional
  • Olive oil


Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a pan. Add ground meat and break up chunks, cooking until meat is no longer pink. (pressing down with the back of a fork does a good job of breaking up the meat). Stir in 1/2 cup marinara.

Add 1-2 tablespoons shawarma seasoning, and a dash of black pepper. Transfer meat to a bowl. Taste, and add more seasoning (and red pepper) if desired.

In the same pan, heat 1-2 tablespoons olive oil. Sautee onions until golden and caramelized. Season with 1 tablespoon shawarma seasoning. Remove from heat.

Spread hummus out onto a serving plate, leaving a well in the middle. Fill the well with ground beef, placing fried onions in the center.

Serve with warm pita wedges or pita chips to scoop up the hummus.

*Pereg is an Israeli brand of shawarma spice sold in the U.S. If you can’t find it, make your own blend by combining 1 tablespoon each of paprika, salt, allspice and cumin, and 1 teaspoon each of turmeric and black pepper.

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