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Hungarian Goulash Stew

March 6, 2011 by  
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Hungarian Goulash StewPaprika shines… in the Hungarian Goulash Stew!

I’ve had a special request for this Hungarian typical dish lately. It is a great stew dish from the Eastern Europe part that has been famous for decades.

The Hungarian Goulash Stew recipe is originally a soup but have been converted into a stew in many countries. The word Goulash in english means a cattle stockmen which they made in other ages. The Hungarian Goulash Stew is a poor dish with great source of protein plus it is a very healthy earthy dish to cook. Goulash can be prepared with veal, pork or lamb instead of beef.

Paprika is the main ingredient of the Hungarian Goulash which you can find pretty everywhere as sweet paprika or spicy paprika. I used the sweet paprika for my version of the Goulash. The paprika is important to be cooked along with the vegetables to releases its flavors. I mixed some of the paprika with the flour to coat the beef chunks to seal the meat before continuing the Hungarian Goulash Stew process.

Hungarian Goulash Stew


  • 1kg Topside beef, cut into cubes
  • 4 tbsp Sweet Paprika
  • 2 medium sized Onions cut into rings
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 3 fresh Tomatoes cut into chunks
  • 250ml Red wine
  • 6 Mushrooms, cut into small cubes
  • 600ml Beef stock
  • 3 Potatoes, cut into cubes
  • 150g Flour
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Rice or Pappardelle (to serve with)

Method for Hungarian Goulash Stew

– Place topside beef chunks in a large bowl. Sprinkle liberally with salt and freshly ground pepper. Toss with the flour and 1 tablespoon of the paprika.

– Heat a heavy casserole pan over medium high heat and add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Place beef chunks in a single layer and brown on two sides. You will probably need to do this in batches. Do not crowd the meat or it will boil instead of brown. Remove browned beef chunks to a bowl.

– Reduce heat to medium-low. To the heavey casserole, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, onion rings, mushrooms and garlic. Toss to coat with the olive oil. Cover tightly and sweat the vegetables, stirring occasionally, until onions are limp but not browned and mushrooms are releasing their liquid, about 5-8 minutes.

– Add red wine to the vegetables and cook for 2 minutes, scraping up browned bits from the bottom. Add beef broth, potatoes and the remaining of the paprika. Return the beef cubes and any accumulated juices to the pan. Stir until well-combined. Cover tightly, reduce heat, and simmer on low heat for 1 hour 30 mins, stirring occasionally, until beef is fork-tender.

– Remove the casserole from heat and set aside. Taste and add additional salt if necessary.

(Optional) Stir in 3 tablespoons of sour cream until completely incorporated into the gravy preferably when the Goulash is not hot as the cream will split up.

– Serve the Hungarian Goulash over hot buttered pappardelle with chopped parsley or boiledwhite rice.

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  • dorothy camilleri

    Hi Gordon thanks for all your healthy receipes that you send us. Could you make a receipe with aubergines as i buy them and sometimes dont know what to do with them and even artichokes as at the moment they are so much in season. thanks Gordon

    • PimpThatFood

      I will prepare some recipes with those ingredients! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Judit

    Dear Gordon,

    First of all – thank you for posting this recipe and making it available for a lot of people letting them know one of our best foods, but…I am Magyar, and I have learnt to cook this really tasty food from my Mom and my Grandma and the recipe that you have published here a bit far from the original one.
    Let's say – this is the American version of the Hungarian Goulash 🙂 Pouring red wine into the soup: good point but we would never use flour(!) in this soup. And try out once putting carrots into it as well – that can give a delicious kinda sweet taste to it.

    Whether you are interested in real Magyar recipes, let me know and I can send you.

    All the best,


    • PimpThatFood

      Hi Judit! Thanks for you comment! Great to hear that you from Hungary. The idea behind this recipe is like I always do to twist the recipes to give them my touch. I turned the Goulash into a Stew not as a Soup by adding the flour so the Stew thickens in it's consistency. I don't know how Americans cook Goulash as I have never been there. Carrots, I agree with you that they can be added as they as sweet and healthy. As for the Magyar recipes, that would be great if you can share. Thanks Judit 🙂

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