Bulgarian Moussaka


This is a Bulgarian variant of moussaka that my family makes.

close up view of a slice of Bulgarian Moussaka on a white plate
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
12 servings


  • ¾ pound ground beef (85% lean)

  • ¾ pound ground pork

  • ½ cup olive oil, divided

  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped

  • ½ yellow onion, finely chopped

  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped

  • ¼ bunch fresh parsley, stems and leaves chopped separately

  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons paprika

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 bay leaves

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 6 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice


  • 2 eggs

  • 2 cups plain yogurt

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef and ground pork and cook until brown and crumbly, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain and discard fat. Add 1/4 cup olive oil, carrot, onion, celery, parsley stems, and tomatoes. Mix to combine. Stir in bell pepper and season with paprika, salt, pepper, bay leaves, and cayenne pepper. Cook until vegetables start to soften, about 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  3. Transfer meat mixture to a large baking pan.

  4. Heat remaining 1/4 cup olive oil in a large skillet and cook potatoes until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer to the baking pan and mix well with the meat mixture.

  5. Bake moussaka in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Remove baking dish from the oven and mix in chopped parsley leaves.

  6. Stir eggs, yogurt, flour, and baking soda together in a bowl until it turns into a spreadable mixture. Pour over the meat mixture in the baking dish.

  7. Return baking dish to the oven and cook until the top is golden brown, about 15 more minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

335 Calories
18g Fat
28g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 335
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 829mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 41mg 204%
Calcium 120mg 9%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 833mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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