Lebanese Hushwee (Spiced Meat)

Hushwee is a staple dish in Lebanese households. It is considered a peasant food and has been called “poor man’s food.” It’s one of those dishes that has quite a few variations and every household has their special version of hush wee. This is a very simple version. Hushwee is also very often prepared with rice. The ground meat used varies by recipe and you can use lamb, pork, chicken or beef.

We like using ground pork because it has a stronger flavor than ground beef, yet is less expensive than using ground lamb. And, we also save a little by using toasted almonds rather than pine nuts.


Lebanese Hushwee

Lebanese Hushwee (Spiced Meat)

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 4
Calories 488 kcal


  • 1 tbsp. ghee
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 20 ounces ground pork
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts or almonds
  • fresh minced parsley for garnish


  • In a large skillet, melt ghee over medium high heat and add onion. Saute until translucent, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add the pork and all of the spices to the pan. Cook 8-10 minutes or until meat is browned, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon to break up the meat.
  • Stir in toasted pine nuts or almonds before serving and garnish with fresh minced parsley.


Calories: 488kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 26gFat: 40gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: