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Beef Shawarma With a Pinoy Twist

Who doesn't love merienda time? For most kids, enjoying a delicious treat while doing homework or watching TV is the day’s highlight. As for grown-ups, snacks are the perfect pick-me-up after a full day of work. The only downside? Having to spend too long in the kitchen to prepare the treats. Nuggets or fries are easy options, but they get boring fast. Instead, go for something more thrilling, nutritious, and speedy, like beef shawarma.

Learning to make beef shawarma at home is easier than you'd imagine – and no spit-roasting involved! The only effort involves wrapping your beef tapa filling. Ready to give it a try? This beef shawarma recipe also teaches you to make a creamy garlic-mayo sauce that's better than bottled ones. You and your kids will love it for sure!

Beef Shawarma Ingredients



For the beef tapa:

  • 350 g beef sirloin, sliced thinly (tapa cut)
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 pc Knorr Beef Cube
  • 4 pcs calamansi, juiced
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • pinch of ground black pepper

For the garlic sauce:

  • ½ cup Lady's Choice Real Mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup yogurt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the shawarma:

  • 1 pack medium flour tortillas or pita bread
  • 2 cups thinly sliced cabbage, iceberg lettuce, or red cabbage
  • 1 pc medium white onion, sliced thinly
  • 3 pcs ripe tomatoes, deseeded and sliced thinly
  • ½ pc cucumber, peeled, deseeded, and sliced into thin sticks
  • 1 pc singkamas, sliced into thin strips (optional)
  • ½ cup grated cheese

Pinoy Beef Shawarma Recipe

Step 1

Make the beef tapa: Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Marinate beef for at least 30 minutes. Set aside.

Step 2

Make the garlic sauce: Combine all ingredients in a bowl; mix well. Transfer to a squeeze bottle and chill until ready to use.

Step 3

Heat a grill or frying pan over high flame. Cook beef in batches until cooked through. Set aside to cool slightly. Chop beef into bite-sized pieces.

Step 4

Assemble the shawarma: Heat a tortilla or pita bread on a flat pan until slightly toasted. Transfer to a plate. Arrange cabbage or lettuce and beef in the middle. Top with onions, tomatoes, cucumber, and singkamas.

Step 5

Drizzle garlic sauce over the fillings and top with grated cheese. Roll and wrap in foil. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Serve immediately.


What makes this beef shawarma a winner is your full control over its fillings. Add as much meat or sauce as you want to the wrap. But don't overcrowd it so you can still roll it up easily. For the brave hearts, add some hot sauce for a kick. Serve your homemade shawarma to your family and enjoy priceless bonding moments. Once you’ve regained your energy, it's time to prepare dinner. Beef stroganoff or chicken katsudon, anyone?

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