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Bosnian Pot Stew (Bosanski Lonac) Recipe

  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Course



  • 23 tsp oil
  • 1 yellow onion (diced)
  • 23 garlic cloves whole (peeled and pressed)
  • 2 pounds beef stew chunks (diced)
  • 3 carrots (large, diced)
  • 1/2 pound green beans (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 3 yellow potatoes (large, diced)
  • 3 tomatoes (large, skinned and diced, or 8oz can)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


  1. Put the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, add the onion, garlic, and beef stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes. You can add a little water here and there to keep it simmering.
  2. Lower the temperature to medium, add carrots and continue simmering. Every few minutes add another ingredient: green beans, then potatoes, then tomatoes and sugar, all while adding a little bit of water in between.
  3. By this time the meat has been simmering for about 30 minutes, and vegetables a little less. Add 3-4 cups of water (so it covers the ingredients, plus a little more). Add salt and pepper. Mix. Cover with lid, leaving a little bit uncovered. Lower the temperature to low, and leave to cook for 90 minutes.

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