My Mother in Laws Kuşbaşı, Turkish meat saute

This is a dish my Mother in Law makes when we visit, kuşbaşı means small chunks a bit like stewing meat.


This easy to make Turkish Meat Saute is a tasty dish for all the family.

This recipe can be made hot or mild depending on your taste.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2
  • Rating: 4 stars – based on 2 reviews



Chop up all your vegetables and then take your Kuşbaşı and cut cubes in half again this makes it go further.

Heat your oil in a deep frying pan, and add your onions then add in your spices (cumin, paprika and red pepper flakes)

Cook until onions are soft, then add in the two lots of peppers and cook till starting to soften.  Add in you Kuşbaşı.  Once your Kuşbaşı has browned add in water enough to cover the meat and vegetables.  Stir in your tomato paste and season.



Cook till meat is tender and sauce has reduced and is nice and thick. Serve with rice.

You can use the hot cubanelle peppers and add in more red pepper flakes if you like it to be very hot.

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One Response to “My Mother in Laws Kuşbaşı, Turkish meat saute”

  1. 28th September 2012

    Ozlem's Turkish Table Reply

    Hi Kerry, this is a wonderful recipe, and so traditional; we Turkish love chunks of meat cooked in tomato sauce with vegetables! Me being from the southern part of Turkey, Antaky, we also add red pepper paste, along with tomato paste for a richer and a little more spicier flavor. You can get red pepper paste in the supermarkets in Istanbul. thanks for sharing this!

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