Hungarian Goulash in a pot with fresh peppers next to it on a white background

Hungarian Goulash

Paprika, Hungary’s culinary symbol, is a slightly spicy seasoning ground from a variety of sweet red pepper that has been grown in the country since the 16th century. It imparts a distinctive flavor as well as a good color to this hearty stew without making it too hot. Cook this the day before serving to allow the flavors to develop.

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Hungarian Goulash in a pot with fresh peppers next to it on a white background
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Hungarian Goulash

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 10 mins
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Hungarian
Servings: 5
Calories: 461kcal
Author: Olga Miller


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or fat of choice
  • 2 cups sliced onions , from about 1 large onion
  • pounds beef chuck stew meat
  • Kosher or fine sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic , from about 3 cloves
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • A large pinch of caraway seeds
  • 8 cups gluten-free beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 medium green bell pepper , seeded and sliced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper , seeded and sliced
  • 1 pound potatoes , scrubbed and quartered


  • In a large heavy-duty pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until soft, about 5-8 minutes.
  • Add the stew meat, a large sprinkle of both salt and pepper, and brown gently, stirring frequently to prevent the meat from sticking, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the paprika, thyme, and caraway seeds and mix well; cook for 1-2 more minutes and remove from the heat.
  • Pour in the beef stock; then whisk in the tomato paste until dissolved. Return to the heat and cook, covered, over low heat for 1-1½ hours, or until the meat is tender.
  • Add the peppers and potatoes to the pot and cook for 20-25 more minutes, stirring occasionally, until the veggies are done.
  • Adjust the seasonings and serve warm with crusty gluten-free bread, if desired.


Nutrition Facts
Hungarian Goulash
Amount Per Serving
Calories 461 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 94mg31%
Sodium 932mg39%
Potassium 1818mg52%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 1729IU35%
Vitamin C 90mg109%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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