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Porkolt (Hungarian Stew) Made With Pork

Rated as 4.36 out of 5 Stars

"A flavorful stew, Pörkölt is redolent with the fragrance of paprika and bell peppers. It has few ingredients, and is surprisingly easy to make. Save time by using boneless pork chops and cubing them after they are browned. There should be enough salt in the canned tomatoes to season the stew, but if not, add more to your taste. Use best-quality, real Hungarian paprika for best results. We prefer to serve it with noodles, but galuska (Hungarian dumplings) or rice are good, too."
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2 h 15 m servings 323
Original recipe yields 14 servings


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  1. Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain, and reserve the drippings. Add the onions to the bacon and cook together until the onion is translucent. Remove skillet from heat and stir the paprika, garlic powder, and pepper into the bacon mixture. Transfer the mixture into a large stockpot.
  2. Heat a small amount of the reserved bacon drippings in the skillet again over medium-high heat. Cook the pork chops in batches in the hot drippings until evenly browned on both sides. Use additional bacon drippings for each batch as needed. Remove the pork chops to a cutting board and blot excess fat off the surface of the chops with a paper towel; cut into bite-sized cubes and stir into the bacon mixture.
  3. Heat a small amount of the bacon drippings in the skillet; cook and stir the bell pepper in the hot drippings until softened and fragrant; drain on a plate lined with paper towels. Stir the cooked pepper into the bacon mixture.
  4. Pour the tomatoes with liquid and beef broth into a stockpot and place the pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook until the stew begins to thicken, stirring occasionally, about 90 minutes. Stir the sour cream into the stew just before serving.
  5. Bring a pot with lightly-salted water and bring to a rolling boil; add the egg noodles to the water and return to a boil. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 5 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink. Ladle the stew over the drained noodles to serve.


  • Partner Tip
  • Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 323 calories; 13.2 22.9 26.9 86 349 Full nutrition

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When Hubs remarks “This is another of those dishes I really like that I’ll never see again,” you know you have something here! (Except for family favorites I rarely prepare the same dish twice)...

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I made this recipe EXACTLY per the instructions. This felt like it should be great based on the ingredients, but...this was bland and tasteless. Not even my kids, who only eat non-spicy food, ...

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When Hubs remarks “This is another of those dishes I really like that I’ll never see again,” you know you have something here! (Except for family favorites I rarely prepare the same dish twice)...

Almost like mom's. I made a few changes to what I remember being in the dish as a child. I halved the recipe. Skipped the bacon and opted to use canola oil instead of the bacon grease. Sauteed o...

This recipe was quite good, I did add some cayenne pepper (1tbsp) as I had no Hungarian Paprika on hand. Hungarian Paprika is usually "spicier" than normal grocery store paprika

I have made this more than a few times, and every time it comes out delicious :))) I follow the recipe exact everytime, sometimes I add more bacon because we love bacon in this house... I usual...

nagyon finom volt!!!

This was a different recipe for us! I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. I followed the recipe exactly as stated. I had to add flour to the sauce mixture because it didn't thicken up ...

I wanted something that wasn't beef or lamb stew, and something different from those styles. This recipe looked really interesting. I made only a couple changes: first I had to lean it down to s...

Wow, thats all I can say-we LOVED this! I had only 1/2 lb lean pork meat, but with the bacon there was plenty of meat and flavor; I used peeled fresh tomatoes from our garden rather than canned ...

Porkolt = "roasted". Since I love my slow cooker AND I'm trying to eat healthier, I decided to skip the stove method and add my own personal touches. I omitted the bacon and bell pepper altoge...