Lebanese Hushwee – Ground Beef with Pine Nuts

Hushwee (or hashweh) is a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine as a humble, flavor-packed dish made of ground meat cooked in clarified butter.

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Lebanese Hushwee (or hashweh) is a simple, modest Middle-Eastern recipe made with ground meat, cinnamon, and toasted pine nuts. Every family has a staple, comfort food that they go to over and over. For my family? That’s Lebanese Hushwee or Ground Beef with Pine Nuts. Packed full of flavor, but done quickly, we use it in a handful of different dishes, but also enjoy it on it’s own!


  • Clarified butter: Also called ghee, it has more of a roasted, nutty taste than normal butter, and also stores and lasts longer than typical butter.
  • Onion: I use a white onion, as it’s mild and palatable to most, but still adds great flavor.
  • Ground beef: I use ground sirloin, but you can use ground chuck or even a different ground meat that you have on hand!
  • Lebanese spice blend: My Lebanese spice blend is a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, salt, and pepper.
  • Pine nuts: Mild and sweet in flavor, and buttery in texture, they’re flavir is greatly enhanced when roasted or toasted.

How to Make Lebanese Hushwee

Sauteing onions in pan

Start by melting your clarified butter over medium-high heat, then add in your diced onion and sauté until slightly translucent.

Adding salt to ground beef

Add your ground beef and season with some salt and pepper, breaking up with a wooden spoon or potato masher.

Adding cinnamon to ground beef

Add your Lebanese spice blend and continue cooking until ground beef is all browned and crumbled.

Adding pine nuts and parsley to ground beef

Finish by adding your toasted pine nuts and minced parsley (if you have it).

Lebanese hushwee- ground beef with pine nuts.

Serve with pita bread and brown rice, and enjoy your Lebanese Hushwee!

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is hushwee?

Hushwee (or hashweh) is a one-pot dish full of warm spices and flavor that comes from the Middle-East. I make it the way my family did, which stems from Lebanon, but there are variations from many countries!

What do you serve with hushwee?

What type of meat do you use with hushwee?

This recipe works with any type of ground meat you have on hand, but I prefer beef sirloin, ground lamb, or a combination of the two.

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Lebanese Hushwee- ground beef with pine nuts.

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Lebanese Hashweh with Toasted Pine Nuts

Lebanese Hushwee – Ground Beef with Pine Nuts

Hushwee rice is a beef and rice mixture made with cinnamon, toasted pine nuts and rice pilaf cooked in clarified butter. An easy one-pan meal.

PREP: 25 mins

COOK: 35 mins

TOTAL: 1 hr


Servings: 8

  • In a deep pan, melt butter over medium high heat then add the minced onion. Sautee until translucent, 4-5 minutes.

  • Add ground sirloin and spices. Cook 8-10 minutes or until meat is browned, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon to break up meat. Check for seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in toasted pine nuts and set aside.

To toast pine nuts simply spread in an even layer on a baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown.
If you don’t wish to make your own clarified butter (also known as “ghee”), you can find it online or in most health stores.
For lasting freshness, store pine nuts in the freezer to keep them fresher, longer.

Calories: 438kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 17gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 517mgPotassium: 307mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 49mgIron: 2mg


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