Hungarian beef goulash is a spicy beef stew with onions and plenty of paprika. Here’s an easy recipe for this classic dish where everything cooks in a single pot.
I had a delicious and very spicy Hungarian beef goulash at a German restaurant earlier this year. It was a thick beef stew with paprika, egg noodles, onions, and generous amounts of sauce. It was relatively simple in terms of ingredients, but full of flavor with tender beef chunks. It was also extremely spicy, which was a nice surprise. I’m always game for a delicious spicy stew, and I finally got the chance to recreate this comforting dish last weekend. It was perfect for the rainy weather here in Boston.
Hungarian goulash is made without any thickeners like flour, and instead it relies on other ingredients like onions, paprika, and tomato to help thicken the stew. In my recipe, I used a lot of onions and paprika; in fact, 3 whole onions and 1/4 cup of paprika for 3 pounds of beef. These ingredients allow for a nice thick stew where everything is simmered for hours on the stove until the beef is tender. For the paprika, you can use Hungarian sweet paprika to be authentic, but really, any kind of paprika will work nicely here.
Only one pot is needed for this recipe, and it’s fairly straightforward without requiring much attention once everything is added to the pot. I used a dutch oven (as pictured above) and I recommend using a pot that can hold at least 5 quarts and comes with a lid. I was able to cook up a large quantity of goulash using my pot, so I’ll be enjoying those leftovers over the next few days.