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Overhead photo of Hungarian beef goulash in a white bowl on a wooden board
Hungarian Beef Goulash
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 20 mins

This authentic Hungarian Beef Goulash is an old family favorite. It's a comforting, traditional dish that's melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Hungarian
Keyword: goulash, beef, Hungarian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 614 kcal
Author: MaryAnn Dwyer
  • 2 lbs. beef chuck meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup lard, or bacon fat
  • 1 lb. (about 2 1/2-3 cups) onions, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. sweet Hungarian paprika
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 medium green pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • dried parsley, for sprinkling, if desired
  1. Season meat with salt and pepper.

  2. In a large saucepan, heat the lard or bacon fat to the smoking point over medium-high heat. Add the meat carefully. Brown the meat on all sides. Add the onions and cook until softened. Reduce the heat to low and add the the paprika and flour and cook, stirring often for two minutes.

  3. Add the beef broth and tomato paste. Stir until well combined. Simmer, covered over low heat for 1 1/2 hours, or until the meat is tender.

  4. Add green pepper and sour cream and continue to cook until heated through, about 15 more minutes. Serve over spaetzle, egg noodles or cavatelli. Sprinkle with dried parsley, if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Hungarian Beef Goulash
Amount Per Serving
Calories 614 Calories from Fat 387
% Daily Value*
Fat 43g66%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Cholesterol 152mg51%
Sodium 442mg19%
Potassium 1171mg33%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 40g80%
Vitamin A 3053IU61%
Vitamin C 23mg28%
Calcium 145mg15%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.