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This Hungarian goulash recipe is a spicy way to dress up stew beef. My mom made this when we were kids, and we loved it. It is spicy but not mouth-burning! It can be made with cheaper cuts of beef and will still turn out very tender. If the stew gets too thick, add a little water while cooking. Garnish with sour cream.

Recipe Summary

15 mins
2 hrs
2 hrs 15 mins


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook and stir onions in oil until soft, 2 to 4 minutes. Remove onions and set them aside.

  • Combine paprika, 2 teaspoons salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Coat beef cubes in spice mixture, and cook in the onion pot until brown on all sides.

  • Return onions to the pot with beef; pour in water, tomato paste, garlic, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until meat is tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Nutrition Facts

549 calories; protein 32.8g; carbohydrates 9.4g; fat 42.3g; cholesterol 114mg; sodium 1138.5mg. Full Nutrition