Bulgarian Kavarma is a slow-cooked stew from the traditional Bulgarian cuisine, typically made with vegetables and pork. Depending on the region it could be mild or spicy and slight differences in the recipe.

The marinade for this traditional Bulgarian dish can be made by combining tomato sauce, wine, paprika and black pepper.


Kavarma is a Bulgarian dish that is prepared in traditional clay pots (gyuveche) of marinated cooked vegetables and meat pork, chicken, or beef.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Bulgaria
Keyword: Pork
Servings: 4


  • 1 ½ lb pork tenderloin, cubed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 leek stems, cut into rings
  • 5 medium sized mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 medium size tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ½ cup sunflower oil
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Season the meat with salt and pepper, cumin, oregano, and cut it in cubed pieces.
  • Heat a skillet with ¼ cup of the sunflower oil and  let it brown the pork cubes for a few minutes, then add the wine, lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Set aside.
  • Sauté over medium heat onions, garlic, carrots and parsnips for about 4-5 minutes with the other ¼ cup of oil.
  • Then add ½ cup water to the pan and cook for about 10 minutes. Chop tomatoes and add them to the pan for 5 minutes to slowly simmer until liquid evaporates.
  • Transfer the content from the pan to clay pot and add leeks.
  • Preheat the oven to 250 degree.
  • Cover the clay pot with its lid and place in oven. Bake it for 3 hours.
  • If you do not want to use the oven, you can make it in a crock pot instead.
  • Serve hot with bread.

Inspiration and adaptation: tasteatlas.com, cookingbites.com, internationalcuisine.com
Photo: Jeroen Kransen/Wikipedia

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