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Traditional Hungarian Goulash

A delicious and hearty Hungarian beef stew, perfect for autumn and winter.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Hungarian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Simmer Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 onions chopped
  • olive oil enough to saute the onions, and then add as needed for the other vegetables
  • 4 carrots diced (& peeled, if you prefer)
  • 2 parsnips peeled & diced
  • 4 celery stalks & leaves chopped
  • 1 kg beef chuck, or you favorite beef for stew
  • 4 cups boiling water you can add more or less according to your personal preferences
  • 2-3 tbsp cumin or to taste, we generally like a strong flavor
  • 2-3 tbsp paprika preferably Hungarian, if you have access to it
  • 3 potatoes peeled and chopped
  • 3 tbsp flour you can add more or less depending on how thick you'd like it
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Prepare and chop/dice all of the vegetables and meat.

  2. Put a big pot on medium heat, and add a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Once warm, add in the onion and cook for a few minutes until the onion is soft (2-3 minutes).

  3. Add the rest of the vegetables, and cook until a little soft, stirring occasionally (about 6-8 minutes).

  4. Add the beef, already cubed, and then add salt, pepper and cumin to taste. Let it cook for a few minutes, and once the beef is browned on the outside (or done to your liking - keep in mind that the stew will cook for awhile more, so don't overdo it), add the paprika and 4 cups of boiling water. Stir.

  5. Add in the potatoes. Let it simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once the potatoes are cooked through (check with a fork), you can continue with the next step. 

  6. Add the flour in slowly, stirring as you go so that it isn't lumpy. You can put in more or less based on your preferences, but be careful not to add in too much or put it in too quickly. Let it continue to simmer a few minutes more until it thickens. 

  7. Give it a taste, and add salt and pepper if necessary. Ladle it into a bowl, or to add some extra flair, serve in bread bowls. Enjoy!