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Turkish Wrap Tantuni & Lavash

Make Turkish wrap "Tantuni" with ground beef. It is popular street food in Istanbul and all of Turkey but the recipe known from Mersin City on the coast of the Mediterranean. I am also going to show you how to make Turkish flatbread lavash too. Traditionally Tantuni is made from a steak or tender beef and doesn't have peppers. But in this home version, I used ground beef for making it easy and low budget and some veggies to give extra juice and taste.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Turkish
Servings 6


  • 500 gr. minced meat preferable fatty or a mix of beef and lamb if you like
  • 4-5 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 sweet red pepper
  • 3 sweet or mild hot green peppers
  • 1 big ripened tomato If your meat doesn't have much fat, you can add 1-2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp salt, red pepper flakes, ground red pepper, cumin Ypu can add more if preferred.)
  • 5 tbps water

For Assembling The Wrap:

  • 1 red onion
  • 1/2 tsp salt and sumac sumac optional
  • preferably 1/4 crisp iceberg lettuce or regular lettuce
  • tomato and pickles thinly sliced


  • Heat a big skillet or sac tava, add olive oil and ground beef. Stir frequently to cook on medium-high heat until it changes its color.
  • Meanwhile diced onion, green and red peppers, and peeled tomato. When the ground meat is cooked make a well in the center and add the onion. Cook for about 2-3 minutes and stir everything. You can halfway close the lid from time to time while cooking.
  • Next add the peppers, again making well in the center, cooking the first 2 minutes and mixing everything. Repeat the same steps after adding the tomato.
  • If your meat doesn't have much fat, add 1-2 tbsp butter. Season it with salt, peppers, and cumin.
  • Add about 1/4 cups water, close the lid, and cook for about 5 more minutes until everything is soft. Your home-style tantuni is ready.
  • If you don't want to make a lavash wrapping bread just buy any flat wrapping bread and continue to assemble after slicing the fresh veggies.
  • Cut the red onion in half and thinly slice. Rub it with sumac and salt, transfer it to a small plate. Thinly slice other veggies and pickles and place it to another wide serving plate. Fold the lavash bread in half and arrange it into another serving plate.
  • Reheat the tantuni and bring everything onto the table. Pour some of everything generously :) Wrap it and enjoy it! Afiyet olsun!



"Story of the Word Tantuni"
According to the story, a Yoruk (A nomadic man) boils the meat to preserve it longer, sets up his counter, and puts a stove near a school. His purpose is to roast boiled meat in oil and sell it to students. He also adds Tomato, parsley, and onion to the wrap. Students ask the man who made this food, which has no name yet, "you hit the spoon every time and make a sound "tan tun" what are you selling?" This reflection sound of the spoon, the sound of "tan tun", inspires the man and gives the answer AS "tantuni".
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