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Hungarian Beef Goulash

  • 30 m
  • 4 h 30 m
Patsy Jamieson
“This streamlined goulash skips the step of browning the beef, and instead coats it in a spice crust to give it a rich mahogany hue. This saucy dish is a natural served over whole-wheat egg noodles. Or, for something different, try prepared potato gnocchi or spaetzle. ”


    • 2 pounds beef stew meat, (such as chuck), trimmed and cubed
    • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds
    • 1½-2 tablespoons sweet or hot paprika, (or a mixture of the two), preferably Hungarian (see Ingredient Note)
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
    • 1 large or 2 medium onions, chopped
    • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
    • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
    • 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium beef broth
    • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


  • 1 Place beef in a 4-quart or larger slow cooker. Crush caraway seeds with the bottom of a saucepan. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in paprika, salt and pepper. Sprinkle the beef with the spice mixture and toss to coat well. Top with onion and bell pepper.
  • 2 Combine tomatoes, broth, Worcestershire sauce and garlic in a medium saucepan; bring to a simmer. Pour over the beef and vegetables. Place bay leaves on top. Cover and cook until
  • 3 the beef is very tender, 4 to 4½ hours on high or 7 to 7½ hours on low.
  • 4 Discard the bay leaves; skim or blot any visible fat from the surface of the stew. Add the cornstarch mixture to the stew and cook on high, stirring 2 or 3 times, until slightly thickened, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve sprinkled with parsley.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 4 months. | Prep ahead: Trim beef and coat with spice mixture. Prepare vegetables. Combine tomatoes, broth, Worcestershire sauce and garlic. Refrigerate in separate covered containers for up to 1
  • Ingredient Note: Paprika specifically labeled as “Hungarian” is worth seeking out for this dish because it delivers a fuller, richer flavor than regular or Spanish paprika. Find it at specialty-foods store or online at and
  • For easy cleanup, try a slow-cooker liner. These heat-resistant, disposable liners fit neatly inside the insert and help prevent food from sticking to the bottom and sides of your slow cooker.
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