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Hawawshi (Egyptian Meat Stuffed Bread) cut in half on a wooden board.

Hawawshi (Egyptian Meat Stuffed Bread)

A recipe for Hawawshi (Egyptian Meat Stuffed Bread)! Aish Baladi (Egyptian Bread) is filled with a spiced meat mixture and baked until cooked through and golden.
Course Main
Cuisine Egyptian
Keyword beef, bread, Egypt, Egyptian, meat, sandwich
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 6 Hawawshi


  • 1 pound (450 grams) ground beef not lean
  • 1 medium onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 tomato seeds removed, finely chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper stem and seeds discarded, finely chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper optional, stem and seeds discarded, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup (5 grams) fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch ground cinnamon
  • Pinch freshly ground nutmeg
  • 6 Aish Baladi Egyptian wheat flatbread
  • Ghee or melted butter for brushing


  • In a large bowl, gently mix the ground beef, onion, garlic, tomato, bell pepper, jalapeño, parsley, salt, allspice, paprika, coriander, black pepper, cardamom, cumin, cinnamon, and nutmeg just until combined.
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 400˚ (200˚C).
  • Carefully cut a small slit on one side of the bread or pita about 2 inches (5 centimeters) wide. Gently add about 1/4-1/3 cup of the meat mixture and press across the top to push the meat into an even layer. Repeat with remaining bread and meat.
  • Another option is to cut each piece of bread in half and fill each half with the meat mixture.
  • Brush each side of the filled bread with ghee and arrange on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Bake in preheated oven until the meat is cooked through and the bread is golden, about 20-25 minutes.
  • Cut the bread in halves or quarters and serve with tahini sauce, salad, fries, and/or pickled vegetables.