traditional authentic Hungarian goulash recipe soup stew beef gulyas
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Traditional Hungarian Goulash (Gulyas)

A thoroughly authentic and delicious Hungarian Goulash that will warm both body and soul!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Hungarian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 181kcal
Author: Kimberly Killebrew


  • 3 tablespoons pork lard , or butter (pork fat is traditionally used and highly recommended for the best flavor)
  • 1 1/2 pounds yellow onions chopped
  • 1/4 cup good quality sweet imported Hungarian paprika
  • 1 1/2 pounds beef ,cut into 1/2 inch pieces. *SEE NOTE
  • 5 cloves garlic ,minced
  • 2 red bell peppers ,seeded/membranes removed, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 1 yellow bell pepper ,seeded/membranes removed, cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 2 tomatoes ,diced
  • 2 carrots ,diced
  • 2 medium potatoes ,cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Melt the lard or butter in a Dutch oven over medium high heat and cook the onions until beginning to brown, about 7-10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the paprika. Add the beef and garlic, return to the heat, and cook for about 10 minutes, or until the beef is no longer pink.
  • Add the bell peppers and cook for another 7-8 minutes. Add the carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, beef broth, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer for 40 minutes (see note). Add salt to taste.
  • Serve with a dollop of sour cream, some crusty bread, and a cool cucumber salad.


If you're using a tougher cut of beef like chuck or round, cook the beef first, without the carrots, tomatoes, potatoes and bell peppers, for 30-45 minutes, then add the vegetables and cook for another 40 minutes until the beef is tender.  A well-marbled cut like chuck will produce the most flavor while a leaner cut will cook faster.  Your choice.
Serving: 1serving | Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 483mg | Potassium: 441mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2650IU | Vitamin C: 39.6mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2.5mg