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


  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large, heavy pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
  • Add the chopped onions and cook until they become translucent, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Stir in the minced garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add the beef chunks to the pot and brown them on all sides. This helps to develop flavor in the dish.
  • Sprinkle the sweet paprika, caraway seeds, ground cumin, and marjoram over the browned meat. Stir well to coat the meat evenly with the spices.
  • Add the diced bell peppers and tomatoes to the pot. Mix everything together.

  • Pour in the beef broth to deglaze the pot, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Be cautious with the salt, as the beef broth can be salty.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Once the meat is tender and the flavors have melded, taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary.
  • Serve the goulash over cooked egg noodles or with a slice of crusty bread.
  • 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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