Incredible Hungarian Goulash Recipe: This Hungarian Beef Stew Recipe Is Hearty & Comforting by 30Seconds Food

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Incredible Hungarian Goulash Recipe: This Hungarian Beef Stew Recipe Is Hearty & Comforting

Goulash is a rich meat stew recipe seasoned with paprika that originated in Hungary. This easy comfort food recipe is filling and gives you all those comforting feels.

Serve this Hungarian goulash recipe for dinner with crusty bread and a fresh salad. It's even better the next day for lunch

Cuisine: Hungarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 3 tablespoons oil (divided)
  • 3 pounds beef stew meat
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Hungarian paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 – 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • chopped parsley, for garnish

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Combine the paprika, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a Dutch oven. Add the onions and cook until soft. Remove and set aside.
  3. Combine the paprika mixture and beef. Mix well. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the same Dutch oven and cook beef until browned on all sides.
  4. Add the onions, tomato paste, water and garlic. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat and cook on low heat, covered, about 2 hours. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve over noodles, potatoes or rice. 

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Donna John
I grew up eating "goulash," but my mom made it with rice and ground beef. This looks so good!
This looks very tasty. However, having been married to a Hungarian, I can attest that Hungarian Goulash (actually spelled Guyas) is a thick beef soup and not a stew!! Hungarians actually get quite upset when beef stew (called Porkot in Hungarian) is referred to as Goulash. Just thought I'd put the record straight ;)
Delicious recipe 😋
Yeah...well, don't want to spoil the fun but this is not Goulash...
1. Goulash is a soup not a stew.
2. Goulash has potatoes, carrots, parsnips in it but no tomatoes (definitely not can of chopped tomatoes)
3. You serve it with bread (preferably proper loaf not sliced store bought)
It's a very nice recipe, probably delicious meal however it's not Goulash :) Just wanted to clarify :)
Ps: I'm Hungarian living in the UK, my Mum's been cooking this all my life and I've been cooking it for years too :)
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Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Hi Cruznv . I'm sorry you're not able to save this recipe to your collection. It should work by simply clicking the Collections icon at the top. We tested it and can't replicate the issue on our end. Please try again? Thank you for your feedback, and hope you enjoy this recipe! Donna John
Jose Manuel Gomez Arrayas
This is a recipe worth trying. Before winter ends!
Hoft Home

Which is recommended: canola, olive, peanut, sesame, veggie, other?

Donna John
Use your favorite cooking oil. Canola, vegetable or olive oil would be my first choices. Not sesame. You don't want to add any flavor with the oil
Szabolcs Horváth
I'm a Hungarian, and I use lard instead of oil. It gives it more taste.
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Very good to know, thank you for sharing Szabolcs Horváth . We appreciate the authentic input! Donna John Hoft Home
I am sorry but very bland. My husband added mustard, tobasco. Won't be making this again.
Louis Tanguay
I would gladly try this recipe...looks really appealing! I personally am drawn to using fresh beef chuck tips or chunks whenever I am making a stew, Soup, chili, or goulash. It just has an authentic (beefy) flavor boost. Lean Beef Stew meat works fine for me too. This one is on my "to do" list.

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