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Dana Etli Guvec Turkish beef stew

Similar to a beef stew, a Turkish güveç is a hardy one pot meal that easily adapts to the modern kitchen.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time4 hrs 30 mins
Total Time5 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish
Keyword: Beef
Servings: 8
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • ½ cup Biber Salçasi -- Turkish Red Pepper Paste -- sweet or hot to taste
  • 1 TSP Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • lbs beef chuck cut into 1½” cubes
  • 1 large onion roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 small carrot peeled and finely shredded
  • 3 large tomatoes cut into wedges
  • 2 large mild green chilis such as anaheim or poblano seeded and large dice
  • 1 large green bell pepper seeded, and large diced
  • 2 medium eggplants cubed approximately same size as beef pieces
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 300O F
  • In a large bowl, add the Turkish Red Pepper Paste, Paprika, sugar and salt and whisk to combine
  • Layer beef cubes on the bottom of a 5 qt dutch oven
  • Cover the beef with the onions, garlic and carrots
  • Add the tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant
  • Pour the pepper paste mixture over the top, but do not stir
  • Cover and place in the oven for 4 - 5 hours, until the meat is tender.
  • Remove from oven and let sit, covered, for 30 minutes before serving to allow flavors to combine