White Beans with Meat (Etli Kuru Fasulye)

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Kuru fasulye means ‘dried beans’ and this recipe is traditionally made with dried beans. Meat is also not an essential ingredient, so, if you’re vegetarian, just skip the meat stage.
You can cook white beans with stew beef or lamb, with ground meat, pastrami (pastirma), and/or soujuk (sucuk, Turkish sausage).

Kuru fasulye ( White Beans) is a delicious Turkish dish that can easily be converted to vegetarian, fasulye is a staple in Turkish households. It is served with rice pilaf or bulgur pilaf and Ayran.


  • 2 cups white beans
  • 150 gr. beef or lamb meat, cut in cubes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, peeled and diced
  • 1+ ¾ cup hot water
  • Salt
  • Red pepper


Step 1

Wash white beans, place them in a pot and cover with water. Leave them in water overnight. The next day, drain and boil in a pot for about 30-35 minutes. The white beans should be soft, but not mushy after boiling.

Step 2

In other pot saute chopped meat with oil untill they are brown.

Step 3

Then add onions and saute 2-3 minutes over medium heat.

Step 4

Stir in pepper, tomato and tomato paste. Add hot water and salt.

Step 5

Simmer until the meat is soft. Add cooked white beans to the pot.

Step 6

Simmer for 10 minutes over low heat. If necessary add a little bit more hot water. Serve with rice or bulgur pilaf.



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