Goulash recipe

Goulash recipe

Certainly! Goulash is a traditional Hungarian stew that’s known for its rich flavors and hearty ingredients. Here’s a basic recipe for making delicious beef goulash:


  • 2 pounds (about 1 kg) beef stew meat, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram (or thyme)
  • 2 bell peppers, diced (red, green, or a mix)
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (optional, for thickening)
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
  • Sour cream, for serving
  • Cooked egg noodles or crusty bread, for serving


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large, heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped onions and cook until they become translucent, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Stir in the minced garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  4. Add the beef chunks to the pot and brown them on all sides. This helps to develop flavor in the dish.
  5. Sprinkle the sweet paprika, caraway seeds, ground cumin, and marjoram over the browned meat. Stir well to coat the meat evenly with the spices.
  6. Add the diced bell peppers and tomatoes to the pot. Mix everything together.
  7. Pour in the beef broth to deglaze the pot, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Be cautious with the salt, as the beef broth can be salty.

  1. Cover the pot with a lid and let the goulash simmer over low heat for about 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the meat becomes tender. Stir occasionally and add more broth if needed to prevent sticking.
  2. If you want a thicker gravy, you can mix 2 tablespoons of flour with a little water to form a smooth paste. Stir this mixture into the goulash and let it simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes.
  3. Once the meat is tender and the flavors have melded, taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  4. Serve the goulash over cooked egg noodles or with a slice of crusty bread.
  5. Garnish each serving with chopped fresh parsley and a dollop of sour cream.

Goulash is a flexible dish, so you can adjust the ingredients and seasonings to suit your taste. Enjoy your homemade beef goulash!

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