Tava is a favorite dish in Turkey. They make it wonderful, this is a recipe that I made as close to it as I could. The best way to eat it is to wrap it in Middle Eastern Flat Bread which you can get at your local grocery store bakery or frozen section.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
4 servings


  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

  • 1 small red onion, diced

  • 1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and diced

  • 2 fresh tomatoes, diced

  • 1 green chile pepper, seeded and diced (Optional)

  • ½ teaspoon chile paste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Place the beef into a 1 quart glass baking dish. Mix in the red onion, green pepper, tomato, and if using, the chile pepper. Blend in the chile paste by hand.

  3. Cook, uncovered, for 30 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the meat is no longer pink. Serve hot with flatbread, or wrapped in a pita.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

599 Calories
44g Fat
7g Carbs
43g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 599
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 44g 56%
Saturated Fat 18g 89%
Cholesterol 152mg 51%
Sodium 138mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 43g
Vitamin C 60mg 302%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 935mg 20%

* 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.