Hungarian Beef Goulash

January/February 2008

Your rating: None Average: 3.6 (498 votes)

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...

47 Reviews for Hungarian Beef Goulash

This isn"t "Hungarian" goulash

I'm Hungarian & this isn't real Hungarian goulash at all. Real Hungarian "gulyas" is more like a soupy beef stew. No tomatoes, & never, ever noodles! It's a very simple soup/stew with beef & potatoes. No other veggies except for the onion base. It's often served with a nice hearty rye.

good flavor
Comments (1)


Anonymous wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

I agree. My Hungarian

I agree. My Hungarian grandmothers would call this paprikash, not goulosh. My family always adds carrots to our goulosh, but other than that I agree with your description.

Great with changes

Definitely needs more spices so I spruced it up a bit by using sazon, paprika, garlic powder, italian seasoning, salt and pepper and a ton of fresh garlic and onions. Also, used flour instead of cornstarch, I like a thicker goulash than what this is supposed to be.

low calorie
Comments (1)


Anonymous wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

There went the low sodium

There went the low sodium factor I was hoping for! :-)

Good base recipe

I made this tonight and as I said above, it's a good base recipe. I followed the directions exactly...with the following changes: for my tomatoes, I used canned tomatoes with Italian spices (it was what I had on hand). I also added some left over roasted red and green peppers with onions from a previous meal. I added garlic salt as well. We ate ours over couscous and I think the flavor combination really made this worth eating. You really have to add a few extras to get a good delicious meal out of it. The beef comes out so juicy and tender from the slow cooker!

Easy, make ahead, crock pot, healthly
Good, but needs more flavor

This is a very good recipe to begin with, but it definitely needs more flavor. It is bland if you only follow the recipe. My uncle is Hungarian and makes something very similar to this. He uses an envelope of brown gravy mix (instead of the corn starch and water), he puts some A-1 sauce in it and uses the Hungarian type of paprika. He also uses green bell peppers as well as red. It is very good. This recipe is a great starter, but I would suggest adding items to suit your tastes.

Easy, inexpensive
Recipe needs adjusting

I made a lot of changes to this recipe. It was bland as written, overly beefy, and didn't properly thicken.
1. First, I tried doubling the cornstarch and that didn't really help too much. I ended up adding about a tablespoon of flour mixed with a few tablespoons of water and that did the trick.
2. I doubled the paprika and mixed hot and sweet as the recipe recommended. I'm sure I used way more salt than called for.
3. I added peas to it just to give it some kind of veggie.
4. I used stewed tomatoes which are a little more flavorful than just diced.
5. It really just ended up tasting like a pot of beef. If I made this again, I would have used mushroom broth instead of beef broth and added crimini mushrooms.
6. I've found that all the slow cooker recipes need more time to cook than suggested in the recipes. I'm sure this varies with the quality of your slow cooker. Mine is cheap, so it probably takes longer. I cooked this on high for a good 6 or so hours.

Easy, inexpensive, and pretty healthy!

Fields marked with * are required

Rate This*

Review Title

Tip: Use adjectives to help get your point across.


Tip: Use commas to separate pros and cons.


Tip: Use commas to separate pros and cons.


Tip: Pretend you're on the debate team and make your point.

Attach a photo

Photo Caption

If you attach a photo, please enter a caption to go with it.

Would you recommend this recipe?

Connect With Us

20 minute dinner recipes

EatingWell Magazine

more smart savings
Get a full year of EatingWell magazine.
World Wide Web Health Award Winner Web Award Winner World Wide Web Health Award Winner Interactive Media Award Winner