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Hungarian Goulash

Classic Hungarian Goulash is surprisingly easy to make in one skillet. It's a rich, hearty stew, perfect for a comfort food dinner.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Hungarian
Keyword: goulash, Hungarian goulash, stew recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 426kcal


  • 1 lb stewing beef chuck, shoulder, shank cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tbs Hungarian or Spanish smoked paprika see NOTES
  • 2 tsp caraway seeds crushed
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 cups diced potatoes
  • 3/4 cups diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 3 branches fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 3 sprigs fresh oregano or marjoram, or 1/2 tsp dried
  • 1 bay leaf


  • Heat a large skillet or saute pan over medium high heat. Add oil and heat until oil shimmers (it should shimmer when you add it if the pan is hot enough)
  • Place beef in the hot pan and brown well on all sides.
  • Add onion and cook until translucent, then add the garlic, caraway and the paprika. Stir well.
  • Deglaze the pan with the wine then stir in the chicken stock. Cover and cook for approximately 45-60 minutes over low heat or until beef is almost tender.
  • Add the potatoes, green peppers, sugar, tomatoes and herbs. Cover and cook for 30 minutes longer or until potatoes are tender.
  • Remove cover, increase heat to medium high and reduce sauce by 25%.
  • Top each serving with a dollop of sour cream, then top that with the carrot salad (recipe in NOTES)


  • Smoked paprika is recommended. The mild variety is preferred. If you want any "heat" to this, add a dash or two of cayenne.
  • Carrot Salad: 1 cup cooked baby carrots cut into matchstick pieces, 3 tbs chopped fresh parsely, juice of 1/2 lemon. Place all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
  • Crock Pot--prepare as in original recipe up to deglazing the pan. Then transfer the skillet contents to the crock pot and add the rest of the ingredients. Cook on low about 5-6 hours, high about 3-4 hours. Times are my best guess as I didn't prepare this in the slow cooker.


Serving: 0.25recipe | Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 254mg | Potassium: 1224mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2813IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 8mg