Beef goulash recipe

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Our Hungarian beef goulash is delicious, easy to make and worth the wait. Beef has never been so tender and flavoursome! This recipe is ideal for sharing

Beef goulash
  • healthy
Preparation Time20 mins
Cooking Time2 hours 30 mins
Total Time2 hours 50 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories384 Kcal19%
Sugar12.3 g14%
Fat15.1 g22%
Saturated Fat3.8 g19%
Salt0.55 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein43.2 g86%
Carbohydrates19.2 g7%
Salt0.55 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Our Hungarian beef goulash is delicious, easy to make and worth the wait. Beef has never been so tender and flavoursome! This recipe is ideal for sharing.

Beef goulash is a national dish of Hungary but versions can also be found in many other Eastern European countries. The main flavouring is Paprika but sometimes other spices are added such as chilli, caraway, or thyme. A thick, comforting stew this makes an ideal supper on a cold winter’s day. The paprika adds a deep warmth and spice to the dish. This recipe serves 4 people and will take 2hrs and 50 mins - its well worth the wait! You've never had a dish so flavoursome before.


  • 2tbsp vegetable oil
  • 700g braising steak, cut in large chunks
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2tbsp plain flour
  • 2tbsp Paprika
  • 2 red peppers, deseeded and chopped
  • 2tbsp tomato puree
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 200ml beef stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
  • Freshly ground black pepper

To serve:

  • Cooked long grain rice
  • Sour cream
  • Pickled cucumber




  1. Preheat the oven to 140C/275F/Fan 120C/Gas Mark 1.
  2. Heat the oil in a flame proof casserole and add the braising steak and cook until browned on all sides. Transfer to a plate using a draining spoon. Add the onion and cook for about 5 mins until golden brown. Add the garlic.
  3. Stir in the flour and paprika and stir well. Add the red peppers, tomato puree, chopped tomatoes, beef stock, bay leaf, parsley and black pepper. Bring to simmering point. Cover the casserole with a tightly fitting lid and cook in the oven for 2–2 1/2 hours until the meat is tender. Add extra stock during cooking if necessary.
  4. Serve on rice topped with sour cream and sticks of pickled cucumber.
Top Tip for making Beef goulash

For a deeper, spicy flavour try Pimenton which is a Spanish smoked paprika. Either replace the whole amount or mix half and half with regular paprika.

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodTo and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodTo, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create how-to videos exclusively for GoodtoEat - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies