Peas and Beef Stew Grašak is a popular meal not just in Montenegro but in its surrounding neighbors as well. This is a simple beef with peas meal but at the same time a unique dish that can be ideal all year long.

If you are a meat-lover or especially a beef lover, this soup is a great way to add some vegetables like peas and carrots to your meal.

The recipe is easy to follow and it will keep you satisfied for a while. If you are vegan or if you just want to replace the beef with a vegan substitute you can create your own vegan beef alternative 

Peas and Beef Stew

Peas and Beef Stew Grašak is a popular dish in Montenegro. You can even mix the peas with other vegetables as desired.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Montenegro
Keyword: Beef, peas
Servings: 4


  • 500 g peas
  • 2 larger carrots
  • 250 g minced meat
  • 1 small onion
  • 200 ml tomato juice
  • 2-3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp ground red pepper
  • celery leaves
  • black pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp chili powder


  • Use a cutting board and sharp knife to chop the onion into small cubes and cut the carrot into rings.
  • Heat a tablespoon of oil in a frying pan and sauté the onion.
  • When the onion becomes translucent, ​​add the minced meat and simmer over medium heat until it turns brown.
  • Transfer to a pot and add the peas, chopped carrot and season with ground red pepper, salt and black pepper.
  • If needed add more water, add tomato paste for a thinner or thicker soup.
  • Bring the pot to boiling and reduce the temperature, cover and cook until the vegetables are cooked. Add fresh spices before cooking is done. 


If you want you can add one scrambled egg or pasta or add a spoon of sour cream.

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