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Classic Hungarian Goulash Beef Soup

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Hungarian Goulash Beef Soup is a classic, hearty, melt-in-your-mouth soup or stew, slowly cooked in a savory broth with root vegetables, that perfectly defines… comfort food.

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What Hungarian Goulash Is

Hungarian Goulash is a soup or stew of meat, root vegetables, tomatoes, and chilis slowly cooked to perfection.

Traditional Goulash is not made with ground beef or macaroni. Although… that can be super tasty too.

Hungarian Goulash Roots

In an article for the Smithsonian Magazine, writer Rachel Laudan discusses “The Humble Beginnings of Goulash” which she describes as “The hearty soup-stew known around the world [that] began as the everything-goes-in meal of Hungarian herdsmen.”

This centuries-old dish has its origins in what is known as The Great Hungarian Plain, a region the BBC says is essentially Europe’s American West. A region that “has been home to a rich cultural tradition of pastoral living and animal husbandry techniques.”

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The Plain is culinarily significant. The Smithsonian says, “Without natural barriers, this wild grassland was for most of history a passage for warriors: first the Huns, then the Mongols, and later the Turks, who occupied it for 150 years until they were finally expelled in 1699. Along the tense border zone, they left a culinary legacy: coffee and coffee shops, the thin-layered pastry now known as strudel, and chili plants.”

Laudan writes, “The invention of goulash began with one of the humblest groups in Hungarian society, the cowherds… groups of five or six single men, with their dogs and a couple of horses to pull their supply cart. They cooked for themselves in large cauldrons slung from a pole supported by posts over an open fire, using simple, nonperishable supplies: millet, lard, bacon, onions, salt, and sometimes black pepper. If one of the cattle died or was slaughtered, the cowherds would feast on a rare dish of fresh meat, a simple stew made by browning the meat in lard and onions, adding water and, if available, black pepper.”

TIPS FOR MAKING HUNGARIAN GOULASH

First, the predominant spice in Hungarian Goulash is sweet paprika, so be sure to use a good quality! Here are the best selling paprika brands at Amazon (affiliate link).

Take time to let the beef cook. You want tender, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness. And that takes time. You’ll be glad you did!

Hungarian Goulash Ingredients

Here is a list of ingredients you will need when making goulash. Ingredient measurements are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • Cooking oil for sauteing
  • Beef stew meat
  • Vegetables: Yellow onions, carrots, parsnips, and new potatoes
  • Seasoning: Sweet paprika, dried marjoram, ground caraway, salt, and pepper
  • Tomato: Cored and chopped (you could also use drained canned tomatoes)

How to Make Hungarian Goulash

Step-by-step instructions are also in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Saute the onions

Heat oil in a 5-qt. dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions, cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent.

Step 2: Brown the beef

Increase heat to high; add stew meat and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the meat is lightly browned, about 6 minutes. Stir in paprika, marjoram, caraway, red pepper flakes, and garlic; cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Step 3: Simmer low and slow

Add carrots, parsnips, and 5 cups beef broth and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium. Cover and simmer until the beef is mostly tender, about 40 to 45 minutes.  Add potatoes and cook, uncovered, until tender, about 25 minutes more.

Stir in the tomatoes; cook for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls and serve with fresh bread.

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Hungarian Goulash Beef Soup

Hungarian Goulash Beef Soup is a classic, hearty, melt-in-your-mouth soup or stew, slowly cooked in a savory broth with root vegetables, that perfectly defines… comfort food.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Stephanie Wilson

Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 yellow onions chopped
  • 1-2 pounds beef stew meat
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 2 teaspoon caraway seeds ground
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots chopped or sliced
  • 2 medium parsnips chopped
  • 1-1/2 pound medium new potatoes cubed
  • 1 tomato cored and chopped

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a 5-qt. dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions, cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent.
  • Increase heat to high; add stew meat and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the meat is lightly browned, about 6 minutes. Stir in paprika, marjoram, caraway, red pepper flakes, and garlic; cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  • Add carrots, parsnips, and 5 cups beef broth and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium. Cover and simmer until the beef is mostly tender, about 40 to 45 minutes.  Add potatoes and cook, uncovered, until tender, about 25 minutes more.
  • Stir in the tomatoes; cook for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Ladle into bowls and serve with fresh bread.

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Hungarian
Keyword: Hungarian Goulash
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