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Beef Goulash

Beef Goulash

Robust aroma of smoked paprika and tender, melt in your mouth chunks beef are what make this Beef Goulash an absolute winner!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Hungarian
Keyword: beef goulash
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
Author: Julia Frey of Vikalinka


  • 2 lbs stewing beef
  • 2 medium onions
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 large red pepper
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 250 g/1 can diced tomatoes tinned
  • 600 ml/ 2 1/3 cup beef stock
  • 100 ml/1/2 cup red wine
  • salt
  • pepper
  • flat leaf parsley for garnish
  • sour cream optional


  • Peel the onions, garlic and slice onions and red pepper. Dice the meat and dip it into flour. (Omit the flour if you prefer to avoid carbs and thicken the sauce with 1 can of blended butter beans, add them 30 minutes before the goulash is done cooking.)
  • Heat olive oil in a dutch oven or a deep pan and cook onions, peppers over low heat for 7-10 minutes until softened, add chopped garlic and cook for 1 minute longer, add smoked paprika and beef and cook while stirring for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add diced tomatoes, beef stock, wine, salt and pepper, bay leaves and bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer covered for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Then uncover and cook for 1 more hour.
  • Serve with hot noodles or mashed potatoes. Swirl sour cream or plain yogurt into your beef goulash for added creamy texture.