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Hungarian Beef Goulash

This authentic Hungarian Beef Goulash is an old family favorite. It's a comforting, traditional dish that's melt-in-your-mouth delicious!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Hungarian
Keyword: goulash, beef, Hungarian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 614kcal
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


  • Season meat with salt and pepper.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Calories: 614kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 152mg | Sodium: 442mg | Potassium: 1171mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 3053IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 5mg