Hungarian Goulash Recipe

4.8 from 7 votes
Prep Time 30 mins Cook Time 90 mins Total Time 2 hrs
Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 5 Calories: 423 Best Season: Winter


Looking for the perfect homemade meal? This authentic Hungarian goulash recipe is perfect for a weeknight family dinner. It does take some time, but it's so easy and tasty that it's worth it!  


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  1. In a large pot, heat up olive oil and add the carrots and onion. Cook until they soften.

  2. Coat the beef in flour and add it to the pot. Cook until it's browned. 

  3. Add the can or tomatoes, garlic, and spices and mix well.

  4. Add the potatoes, broth and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook for about an hour.

  5. Serve over egg noodles, or with a side of bread. Enjoy!


  • You can use smoked paprika or even a mix or smoked and regular, for more intense flavor.
  • You can also add other vegetables to the goulash, such as peas or mushrooms.
  • Serve the goulash with crusty bread or noodles.
  • Use a good quality paprika. Hungarian paprika is the best, but you can also use smoked paprika or regular paprika.
  • Don't overcook the beef. It should be tender but still have some bite to it.
  • Let the goulash simmer for at least an hour to allow the flavors to develop.
  • You can also add a little bit of red wine to the goulash. This will add a depth of flavor that is really delicious.
  • If you want to make the goulash spicier, you can add a little bit more paprika or cayenne pepper.
Keywords: goulash

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the difference between Hungarian goulash and American goulash?

The main difference between Hungarian goulash and American goulash is the use of paprika. Hungarian goulash uses a lot of paprika, while American goulash typically uses less.

How do you serve Hungarian goulash?

Hungarian goulash is typically served with bread or noodles. It can also be served with a side of sour cream or yogurt.

How do you store Hungarian goulash?

Hungarian goulash can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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