Hungarian Goulash

I have another cozy recipe for you! This is a great recipe when you are looking to change things up a little from traditional “brown” beef stew. The paprika and caraway offer a rich flavour with a different kick, while not being spicy.

This recipe can be made in the slow cooker if you don’t have time to watch it on the stove, although I prefer the stove-top method as the stew thickens more without the need for cornstarch or any other thickener. It feeds about 4 people and takes approximately 1 hr.

What you’ll need:

1 can Diced Tomatoes
2 Cloves Garlic (diced)
1 Medium Onion (diced)
1 pound of Cubed Stewing Beef
3 tablespoons of Paprika (sweet not hot)
1 tablespoon of All Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp of Salt & Pepper
1 tsp of Caraway seeds
1 tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce
2 cups of Beef Stock
1 Large or 2 Medium Carrots (sliced into half inch thick circles)
Egg Noodles (or boiled potatoes) (for serving enough for the number of people)
Olive Oil

  1. Mix together your seasonings in a medium bowl: salt, pepper, flour, paprika, and caraway.
  2. Place in your stewing beef cubes in the same bowl and toss to coat them thoroughly in the seasonings.
  3. In the bottom of a large pot sauté your onions and garlic in some olive oil.
  4. Once the onions and garlic have begun to clarify, you can add in the beef and any remaining seasoning. Brown the beef on all sides, the beef does not need to be cooked through.
  5. When the beef is browned, pour in the canned tomatoes, beef stock, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir thoroughly to combine. (If you are making it in the slow cooker make sure to cook the beef, onions and garlic first, then combine everything in the slow cooker. I would use the 6 or 8 hour setting.)
  6. Once it begins to bubble you can add in the carrots.
  7. Let simmer on low and set to reduce for about 1 hour until desired thickness is reached.
  8. Boil a medium pot of water for your egg noodles, they usually take about 5 minutes to cook. You can also use potatoes if you prefer.
  9. Serve hungarian goulash over either egg noodles, my personal preference, or over boiled potatoes.

While a little more time consuming than some of my other recipes, it is still very easy to follow and totally worth the extra time. It is a great one if you are having some people over on a colder day and looking for something more unique. Also freezer friendly if you are looking to batch cook (check-out my tips for meal planning!). Lovely served with a side salad, warm bread, and a good bottle of red wine!

Let me know if you give this one a try and what you think.

Write soon,

Hannah B.L.

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