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Caribbean Jerk Spiced Sweet Potato Falafel Gyros (Vegan+GF)

Get adventurous with you taste palate and try these homemade gyros that are anything but traditional!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 - 5 servings



  • 1 1/2 cups peeled cooked sweet potato
  • 1 2/3 cup cooked garbanzo beans

-Caribbean Jerk Spices:

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of:
  • chili powder
  • paprika
  • curry
  • ginger
  • cinnamon
  • cloves
  • allspice
  • oregano
  • black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • oil for frying


  • Your favorite bbq sauce optional
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium tomato diced
  • 1 cup washed iceberg lettuce or napa cabbage I like the crunch from the cabbage
  • 1 large carrot grated
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pineapple diced
  • 4 - 6 large pitas gluten free or vegan if needed (for homemade pitas you can use the ones from THIS RECIPE)



  1. Combine all of the ingredients for the falafel, except the frying oil, in a food processor (a blender will work also if that's all you have) and pulse until combined into a nearly smooth mixture. It should be a thick dough.
  2. In a large skillet, heat about 1 inch of oil over medium low heat (You can use a deep-fryer for cooking them instead if you have one.) Using a large scoop, form balls and drop them carefully into the pan. Flatten them slightly with a spatula and cook them on each side for about 3 minutes until crispy.*


  1. If desired, warm the pitas in a foil-packet in the oven or one by one on a lightly greased skillet. Fill each pita with the falafels, your desired veggies, and your favorite bbq sauce if desired. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Alternatively, the falafel can be baked on a greased baking pan for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees F (180 C) until browned. Also, if they seem a bit too soft after frying, baking them for about 10 minutes after they're fried should be enough to help make them more solid.