Hungarian Beef Goulash

January/February 2008

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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.

"Sounds good, but I've never had goulash with tomatos in it. Once upon a time had a wonderful recipe, but over the years it's disappeared, and since my memory is far from good I'm sure I'll make a beef soup. What I do remember is AT...

55 Reviews for Hungarian Beef Goulash


Gulyas was originally made by the shepherds when attending their flocks. It is a simple dish so they would not have had Worcestershire sauce, nor any of the other variants you have added to this recipe including tomatoes. Hungarian cooks do not add tomatoes to any of their recipes! Good quality Hungarian paprika is most important and a lot of it - about 1/4 cup along with some salt and pepper and of course caraway seeds (another standard in Hungarian cooking) - that is it.
I do not understand this penchant of adding tomatoes or tomato paste to everything. A big no no if you want traditional Hungarian cooking.

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I should of used Hungarian paprika. I hoped that would help. Salt & garlic & Hungarian spice were not there!

Meat tender
this was inedible

I don't know what else to say except to repeat it was bordering on disgusting. I was skeptical of the caraway right off the bat. Wish I hadn't wasted 2 lbs of stew meat.

easy enough to make
Workable recipe!

Great base recipe. There were so many comments to read and consider. Added more spice, and doubled the salt.
Since I am watching my processed food intake, I decided to cut up two sweet potato's. One I added in the beginning and let simmer. After 3 hours, I stirred and they were mush and incorporated and made a thick gravy ( thus not having to use cornstarch). At that time i added the other sweet potato and am having with a nice crusty bread!


Well I'm a Hungarian and this isn't Hungarian Beef goulash recipe. I always put 1 or two tomatoes and 1 green pepper in it. And onion and paprika of course. Definitely not a 14 ounce can tomatoes. No garlic, bay leaf or caraway seed. Most Hungarians don't even know what is Worcestershire sauce or cornstarch. But I always use a secret ingredient call "piros arany" this is basically a red pepper paste from Hungary. And I make it with noodles and potatoes and usually we eat it with lots of white bread. Its a really nice and really heavy dish. Don't ever try real goulash if u are on diet :)


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