Greek Nachos

Greek Nachos

Homemade pita chips with ground lamb, feta cheese sauce, and topping galore make these nachos different and excellent.

For my entire cooking career, I’ve been a pretty huge Mark Bittman fan. I like his books (especially How to Cook Everything and Food Matters), and we have similar goals with our writing which is to get people excited about cooking good food in their homes. I guess you could say that he’s a bit better at it than me, but I have like 40 years to catch up so whatever.

In any event, one of my favorite things besides his books is his videos on the New York Times website. Most of them are under five minutes and have some inventive ideas. These nachos are lifted off of his rant on bar nachos with their orange cheese sauce and soggy chips. I definitely agree with him.

These Greek nachos are piled high with ground lamb, a feta cheese sauce and tons of toppings, so they lose none of the flavor. Even my traditional nacho-loving fiancee didn’t have a problem polishing off a plate of these.

I’ve written about nachos before on Macheesmo. I did the near perfect nachos which in my opinion is the only way to make traditional nachos. Greek nachos are a departure from the standard nachos, but equally tasty.

Greek Nachos

Greek Nachos

Homemade pita chips with ground lamb, feta cheese sauce, and topping galore make these nachos different and excellent.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Appetizers, Main Dishes
Cuisine Greek, Tex-Mex
Servings 6 Servings


  • 12 pitas cut into eights
  • 1 ½ pounds ground lamb
  • 1 Teaspoon cumin
  • Olive oil for drizzling on chips
  • Salt for chips

Feta Sauce:

  • 1 Container 17.6 ounces Greek yogurt
  • 1 Cups Feta Cheese
  • 1 Lemon juice and zest
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh mint
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil


  • 1 red pepper diced
  • ¼ Cup sun-dried tomatoes diced
  • ½ Cup feta crumbled
  • ¼ Cup kalamata olives diced
  • ½ red onion sliced
  • 1 cucumber peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 2 jalapenos de-seeded and diced


  • Place ingredients for feta sauce in a blender and blend. Zest off the lemon before juicing it.
  • Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the sauce (or mix it with the other ingredients).
  • Cut pita into eights without peeling them apart. Place pitas on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of salt.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes (stirring once or twice while cooking).
  • Chop toppings.
  • Place lamb in a skillet with a pinch of salt and cumin. Let it cook for 15 minutes, stirring a few times until it browns.
  • Place pitas on a platter, add lamb, and a few spoonfuls of sauce.
  • Serve with toppings!


Adapted from a Bittman Video.


Serving: 1plateCalories: 817kcalCarbohydrates: 74gProtein: 39gFat: 41gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 1143mgPotassium: 777mgFiber: 5gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 965IUVitamin C: 45mgCalcium: 243mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Greek Nachos, Homemade Nachos, Lamb Recipes, Nachos Recipes

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Greek Nachos Sauce

The thing that differentiates this dish from normal nachos more than anything is the sauce. Instead of a gloopy, orange sauce, this sauce is actually cold and stays a perfect consistency no matter what. It’s also very flavorful and pairs perfectly with lamb and pita.

Basically, just stick all your ingredients in a blender and give it a whirl. Be sure to get the zest off your lemon before you juice it. I like to use a microplane for this. It’s a bit easier that way. The zest adds a lot of fresh flavor to the sauce to counter the sharpness of the feta and yogurt.

I like to drizzle a bit of olive oil over the sauce when it’s done, but you can also just mix the olive oil straight in. The recipe above makes a lot of sauce and we didn’t come close to using all of it for 4 plates of nachos, but it was great over the next few days on pita bread with some hummus.

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The sauce!

Making the Chips

For this recipe all I did was cut the pita into eights. Don’t peel apart the two sides of the pita. Leave them whole which will make a thicker chip that will hold up better to loads of toppings.

Put your pitas on a baking sheet and drizzle them with some olive oil and a pinch of salt. Bake them at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes, stirring them once or twice while they are cooking. The chips may not become completely crisp, but they should be mostly crisp. I wouldn’t recommend doing these too far in advance as it’s kind of nice to have warm chips.

Greek nachos.
Those chips.

Other Toppings

While your pita chips are cooking, you’ll have plenty of chopping to do. Here’s the master shot of the whole spread. I usually just put everything in bowls or on a big plate and then people could pick and choose their toppings. Again, any leftovers make a great pita sandwich the next day.

Greek nachos
Toppings galore.

Cooking the Lamb

Cooking ground lamb is just like cooking ground beef although sometimes lamb can be a bit fattier. So you may need to drain off some grease while it cooks. In any event, just throw the lamb in a skillet with a pinch of salt and some cumin and let it cook for about 20 minutes. Stir it a few times and let it brown really nicely.

Greek nachos
Lamb time.

Making the nachos

The nachos are pretty easy to make once you get all the pieces made. Start with a good layer of chips, then add the lamb and a few spoonfuls of sauce.

I put a heaping amount of every topping on my nachos. Some friends who I invited over picked which toppings they liked the best. It looked like the sun-dried tomatoes were a big hit and the jalapeños gave some needed spice to the dish in my opinion.

But yea, the end result was delicious.

Greek Nachos Recipe

I had a lot of leftovers from this meal and it wasn’t a problem at all. I ate them all weekend and it was awesome. You could decrease the amount of toppings I gave in the recipe if you wanted to cut it close (the lamb and chips were about perfect though).

Anyway, props definitely go to Mr. Bittman for this idea. It was a huge success in my book. It makes up for the recipe I saw him make on the Today Show a while ago: Chicken Pot Pie without the Crust. That idea sounds about as good as apple pie without the crust. Why bother?!

Anyway, I’m getting off topic. The point is that these nachos rocked.

15 Responses to “Greek Nachos” Leave a comment

  1. Now cut it out! I want these and don't have a car to get to the store. LOL Either you need to stop sending out emails in the am or I need to hold off reading your emails till later in the day. Late day is when I have the car and can get to the store. LOL

    Looks fantastic. Hey, you think it would work with shredded chicken?

    1. Yep! Probably would work just fine. I would spice the chicken pretty heavily with some cumin, red pepper, paprika or else the other flavors will overpower I think…

      And sorry for the early morning emails… just think of them as motivation to make it through the day

  2. Yum!! I was just contemplating a run on the treadmill…guess we all know what I will be running for now. These look delicious – who needs oatmeal in the morning :-)

  3. Nick, there are no Greek nachos in our cuisine but this is a delicious, creative idea with ingredients Greeks adore.

    I think I'll try this for Superbowl time!

  4. Yeah, I got these just the other day at Taco Bell…


    Seriously, those are the best looking nachos I've ever send and the flavor combination is making me drool in a way that makes Pavlov's dogs look like under achievers.

  5. Greek nachos… well, that’s just brilliant!
    We’ve done all sorts of nachos at our house, but I don’t think we’ve ever thought to make them with pita chips. I’m loving this…

  6. I made these last night with chicken and they were GREAT! My pita chips only took like 20 minutes though, so you may want to keep an eye on them in the oven.

    The sauce was AMAZING. I put it over the left over diced cucumbers for a salad the next day for my lunch.

  7. I made these babies tonight! They were filling and delicious! I used ground lamb. Since I didn’t realize that we were out of cucumbers (they are a staple in our home so this was surprising) they were missing that delicious flavor addition. I added a few shakes of dill weed to the sauce to give it a little extra special flavor. And I used HEB brand whole grain wheat pita chips instead of making my own. To make it a little healthier, I used fat free Greek yogurt and fat free feta. oh, and I cooked on some white onions and some garlic with the meat because I couldn’t help myself. And LASTLY, I did add a little spinach on top to amp up the nutritional value. Fantastic idea! I’m so full that I can’t think!!!

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