Hungarian Beef Goulash

Hungarian Beef Goulash

Quite simply, one of the tastiest things I’ve ever made! This Hungarian Beef Goulash features meltingly tender beef in an unbelievably delicious sauce flavoured with paprika and caraway seeds. Quick and easy to prepare and very little washing up. What’s not to like? (Serves 4-6 depending on appetite and accompaniments)

Recipe Type Main Course
Cuisine Hungarian
Keyword Beef, Goulash, Stew
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Serves 6 people
Calories 495 kcal
Author Eb Gargano


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions sliced
  • 90 g smoked lardons or chopped streaky bacon (I use the little packs of Tesco Finest Lardons)
  • 4 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 3 cloves garlic – crushed or finely chopped
  • 800 g stewing beef chopped into cubes
  • 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large red pepper chopped into chunks
  • 1 large green pepper chopped into chunks

To Serve...

  • Brown rice (or white rice/pasta/mash)
  • Sour cream optional
  • 2 tablespoons parsley optional


  1. Preheat your oven to 160C / 140C fan / gas mark 3 / 325F.

  2. Put the onion and olive oil in an ovenproof saucepan or hobproof casserole dish and fry gently, with the lid on for 5 minutes, until the onions are softened but not brown.
  3. Add the lardons (or chopped streaky bacon) and turn up the heat. Fry for 3 minutes until the lardons and onions have a little colour.
  4. Turn down the heat and add the paprika, caraway seeds and garlic. Fry for 1 minute.
  5. Add the beef and fry for 2 minutes until starting to gain a little colour. Then add the tinned tomatoes, salt and pepper and bring to the boil.
  6. Put the lid on and transfer to the oven. (If you haven’t used an ovenproof pan, transfer to an oven dish before putting in the oven). Cook for 1 hour.
  7. After 1 hour, remove from the oven and add the chopped up peppers and stir. Cook for a further 1 hour.
  8. Serve with brown rice, sour cream and a sprinkling of parsley.
Nutrition Facts
Hungarian Beef Goulash
Amount Per Serving
Calories 495 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Fat 37g57%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 104mg35%
Sodium 281mg12%
Potassium 758mg22%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 1605IU32%
Vitamin C 52.4mg64%
Calcium 65mg7%
Iron 4.1mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.