Savory Tepsi: Meat and Potato Bake


Discover the comforting flavors of Tepsi, a beloved Middle Eastern dish that combines tender meat, hearty potatoes, and a medley of spices baked to perfection. This meat and potato bake is the ultimate comfort food, ideal for family dinners and gatherings. With its rich flavors and satisfying textures, Tepsi is sure to become a staple in your culinary collection.

Savory Tepsi: Meat and Potato Bake

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 6
  • Serving Size: 1 portion (approximately 350 grams)

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 520
  • Protein: 30g
  • Fat: 20g
  • Carbohydrates: 55g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sodium: 750mg


  • 500g (1.1 lbs) ground beef or lamb
  • 1 kg (2.2 lbs) potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup beef or chicken broth
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Add the finely chopped onions and minced garlic, sauté until golden brown.
  4. Add the ground meat to the skillet and cook until browned. Break up any clumps with a wooden spoon.
  5. Stir in the tomato paste, ground cumin, ground coriander, ground cinnamon, ground black pepper, paprika, and salt. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  6. Pour in 1/2 cup of broth and simmer for 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  7. Grease a large baking dish with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil.
  8. Arrange a layer of potato slices at the bottom of the dish.
  9. Spread half of the meat mixture over the potatoes.
  10. Add a layer of tomato slices on top of the meat.
  11. Repeat with another layer of potatoes, the remaining meat mixture, and finish with a layer of tomato slices.
  12. Pour the remaining 1/2 cup of broth evenly over the assembled layers.
  13. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil.
  14. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes to allow the top to brown slightly.
  15. Remove the dish from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes.
  16. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Slice the potatoes evenly to ensure they cook thoroughly.
  • Use a mix of ground beef and lamb for a richer flavor profile.
  • Allow the Tepsi to rest for a few minutes before serving to let the flavors settle.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use other vegetables in Tepsi?
  • Yes, you can add vegetables like eggplants, bell peppers, or zucchini for added variety and nutrition.
Is it possible to prepare Tepsi in advance?
  • Yes, you can assemble the dish a day ahead and refrigerate it. Bake it just before serving.
What can I serve with Tepsi?
  • Tepsi pairs well with a side salad, yogurt, or a light cucumber and tomato salad.

Warm, hearty, and bursting with flavor, Tepsi is a dish that brings comfort and satisfaction to any meal. Gather your loved ones and enjoy this delicious meat and potato bake, a true celebration of Middle Eastern culinary tradition.