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Meat dish served in a traditional bowl sahan.

EASY Meat Sauce Recipe: Bosnian Mini Ćevap

Easy and quick meat sauce recipe coming to us from Bosnia. Also known as mini ćevap this diced beef sauce is perfect for pasta, polenta and more. 
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Meats/ Sauces
Cuisine Bosnian
Servings 4
Calories 711 kcal


  • 1.5 ounces oil
  • 3.5 ounces butter
  • 1 yellow onion large, peeled, sliced
  • 1-2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3-4 tablespoons fresh parsley minced, or 3-4 teaspoons dried
  • 3-4 tablespoons fresh celery leaf minced, or 3-4 teaspoons dried
  • Salt to taste
  • A few peppercorns
  • 1.5 pounds beef cubed, preferably T-bone or rib eye
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 4 ounces crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce or 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • 1.5-2 cups water lukewarm, or beef broth


  • In a deep pan combine oil, butter, onion, garlic, parsley, celery, salt, pepper, and meat. Stir well and simmer over medium for 20 minutes or until water expeled by the meat and veggies almost evaporates. 
  • Add tomato sauce, paprika and sugar. Stir and simmer another 20 minutes or until sauce juices thicken. 
  • Add water (or broth), bring everything to a boil and simmer another 3-5 minutes. Serve over a side of your choice. 



Original recipe calls for a sliced onion, however I diced it for the video.
Substitute (if you must) with the chuck.  
Recipe adapted from: Lakišić, A. (2015). Bosanski kuhar. Svjetlost.


Sodium: 505mgSugar: 2.8gFiber: 1.8gCholesterol: 179mgCalories: 711kcalSaturated Fat: 22.2gFat: 57.5gProtein: 41.2gCarbohydrates: 5.8g
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