Hungarian Gulyás

Proper Hungarian Goulash Recipe

Goulash is the ultimate Hungarian Comfort food. It’s a hearty beef stew that’s so flavorful thanks to sweet Hungarian paprika, peppers, onions, garlic, tomato paste, and caraway seeds. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Hungarian
Keyword beef, soup, stew
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 531kcal
Author Jillian - a Food, Folks and Fun original!


  • 3 Tablespoons butter or bacon drippings
  • 2 large yellow onions, chopped
  • 1 ½ pounds stew meat, cut into ½ inch pieces
  • ¼ cup sweet Hungarian paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large green bell pepper, seeded and diced into ½-inch pieces
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and diced into ½-inch pieces
  • 4 ounces tomato paste
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ teaspoon caraway seeds, crushed
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced into ½-inch pieces
  • 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and diced into ½-inch pieces
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • sour cream
  • fresh parsley, minced
  • hearty bread


  • In a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat melt the butter or drippings. Add the onions and sauté while stirring frequently until they’re translucent and beginning to brown on the edges, about 6-7 minutes. Add in the meat 1 Tablespoon of paprika, 1 teaspoon of salt, and cook, stirring often, until the meat has a nice sear on the outside and is no longer pink on the inside, about 10 minutes.
  • Add in the bell peppers, and cook for 5-6 minutes, or until the bell peppers are softened. Add the remaining paprika, tomato paste, and garlic and stir constantly until fragrant and combined, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Pour in the beef broth and stir in the bay leaf and caraway seeds. Bring the mixture to a low boil and then reduce the heat to medium, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the carrots and potato, cover, and cook until the vegetable are tender, about 20 more minutes. 
  • Remove the bay leaf, and season the goulash with salt and pepper to taste and serve with sour cream, minced parsley, and some nice crusty bread.


Calories: 531kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 2133mg | Potassium: 2022mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 11470IU | Vitamin C: 106.2mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 7.8mg