365 Days of Slow Cooking: Recipe for Slow Cooker (Crock Pot) Beef Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce
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Friday, December 21, 2012

Recipe for Slow Cooker (Crock Pot) Beef Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce

Crock Pot Beef Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce #crockpotrecipe #easydinner

Beef Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce
Makes 4-6 servings
Ideal slow cooker size:  3 quart

For Beef:
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, thinly sliced
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp dried oregano
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Warmed pita folds
Sliced tomatoes and lettuce, for serving

1.  Heat 1 T olive oil over medium-high heat in a skillet while slicing the beef.  Pat beef dry with paper towels to remove any moisture.
2.  When oil is warmed add beef to skillet being careful to place in one row only.
3.  Brown beef for about 7 minutes on each side.  Drain off any excess liquid.  Transfer meat to slow cooker.
4.  While beef is browning combine ¼ cup olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper and lemon juice in a small bowl.  Pour over the meat and toss to coat, in the slow cooker.  Toss in the sliced onions.
5.  Cover and cook on LOW for 6-10 hours (depending on your slow cooker) or until beef is extremely tender.  (If it’s not tender, it’s not done yet).
6.  Remove lid and salt and pepper to taste.  If desired, break up the meat into smaller bite-size pieces.
7.  Serve beef over pita folds with Tzatziki sauce, onions, tomatoes and lettuce.

For Tzatziki:
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 cup diced cucumber, seeded and shredded
1 Tbsp dried dill or 2 Tbsp fresh dill
1/4 tsp salt
1 garlic clove, minced
Salt and pepper

1.  Combine yogurt, cucumber, dill, salt and garlic in medium bowl.  Stir until creamy and combined.
2.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Serve with gyros.

This was so so so yummy!  The beef was tender and well-seasoned and the tzatziki was flavorful and creamy.  I loved the soft pita bread that I found at Costco as well.  
The beef was so amazing.  I received some products from a local beef company, Jones Creek Beef, and couldn't be more pleased with how it cooked and tasted.  It was well-marbled, trimmed of any excess fat and packaged well (no gross leaking).  What's more is that the beef is all-natural, grass fed, free range, and grass finished.  Basically meaning that is a lot healthier for you than grain-fed beef.  To find out more about the company click here.  5 stars!


  1. What an awesome idea! I think I will make a few up and bring them with me to my in~law's for Christmas. I'll even bring my crock pot along to make up a batch for everyone! Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  2. is the cucumber diced or shredded? I'm making htis tonight. it smells YUMMY

  3. Hi Karen,
    The moment I saw Gyro, that was it for me!!! Ha Ha Ha ! But I wanted to say thank you as well for all the quality recipes! And I'll definitely spread the word!

    Ben from www.crockpotking.com

  4. I know, right? I love gyros too!! Thanks so much, Ben.
    Keep up the good work :)

  5. This was easy to make and delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Anonymous14/9/13 20:09

    Hey Karen, I'm a bit of a slow cooking n00b. I was wondering if the chuck roast was cut and sliced before cooking or sliced after browning and then placed in the slow cooker.
    Any help is much appreciated, your blog is great and as a college student is an amazing resource.

  7. Anonymous, yes it's cut beforehand! Welcome! Hope you have lots of slow cooking success :)

  8. This was AMAZING!!!! I was seriously blown away! A+

  9. Hooray Erica!!!! Glad you liked it!

  10. Hi Karen,
    Making it now...
    Question...when you say toss in sliced onions, do you mean stir them in, or place on top only?
    Smells delicious! :)

    1. It really doesn't matter! Either way, it will work out fine.

  11. I really love this recipe. I have made it a few times at home. Tried making it at my mom's house in her crock pot today and the beef totally burned! Not even edible! :( I had it on low... Maybe a faulty crock pot?

    1. oh that is so sad. I'm sorry. Yes, I would maybe get her a new crockpot. Some of them cook so very hot! Each cooks differently, for sure.

  12. We had this for dinner tonight and it was so good! It's really easy to throw together too. This is definitely added to my go-to recipes!

    1. hooray! glad you liked it. I really like it too :)

  13. Can you do this on high for half the time?

  14. Love this recipe!!! Kids lick their plates. Trying it with chicken tonight!!! I did marinade it a little bit. Great make ahead dinner too.

    1. I'm interested to see how you like it with the chicken! Let me know how it turns out :)