Gyros are one of the many foods my family lamented no longer being able to enjoy as a part of our Paleo lifestyle. Whenever we would go out to a Greek restaurant, they would all get gyros and I would get the grilled chicken pita. I’m not sure why really, but the gyro never appealed to me. Until now!
I have continued to search for popular Instant Pot recipes in an effort to keep feeding my YouTube tribe new content and the gyro meat was one I saw over and over. So I set to work making this my own. As I have a Whole 30 coming up very, very soon, I also wanted this be Whole 30 compliant.
And we have success!
- Delicious – check!
- Easy – check!
- Whole 30 compliant – check!
This recipe makes a lot, so it’s perfect for those of you with large families. Or those who really enjoy leftovers.
If you want to treat yourself, find some gluten free pitas and enjoy this in the traditional manner. If you’re staying away from gluten free breads, then enjoy this over a bed of quickly sautéed cabbage or greens, cauliflower rice or grits, or simply with a big side of fresh vegetables.
This is a very simple recipe, as you can see in the video linked below. There are a few steps, but they aren’t hard. Just think through the rest of your meal and plan your time accordingly. You can even do the baking/Instant Pot-ting ahead of time and keep the meat in the fridge until you’re ready to put dinner together.
If you’re craving a full Greek dinner, check out the Fall chapter in my book, Your Paleo Holiday. I have a recipe for spanikopita that will blow your mind. That’s what you see pictured with my gyro meat and veggies above. That was a dee-licious combination!
Alternatively, roast some sweet potato fries or cubes to serve alongside. When I filmed this recipe for YouTube, I was doing a Whole30 so needed to come up with a dairy-free side dish. I had sweet potatoes, it had snowed seven inches that day, effectively shutting down Raleigh, so going to the store for something was not an option. Sweet potatoes it had to be. I thought that would be a weird combination, but in fact, it was really amazing! The gyro meat is so flavorful that the mild, sweet flavor of the potatoes made an excellent pairing.
Additionally, for my Whole30 meal, I used my homemade mayonnaise for the base of the Tzatziki Sauce and I liked it even better than with the yogurt. So you have lots of options here!
There are a couple parts of this recipe that seem a little tricky (but really aren’t). If you want some clarification, just pop over to YouTube and watch me make it!