Spicy Hungarian Goulash

Spicy Hungarian Goulash
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Spicy Hungarian Goulash

Jeremy E. Nolen

Spicy Hungarian Goulash

I love this dish in late fall and winter. It is a great warming dish that is perfect for cold nights. I’ve been eating this for as long as I can remember. The best I’ve ever had was at a German restaurant near where I grew up called the Alpenhof. The restaurant has since closed, but the memory of this soup will remain with me forever. Whenever we ate there my family always started with the goulash.

This is my version of this spicy beef stew. Serve it over some buckwheat spätzle for an entrée sized portion. If you’re having more people, then simply double the recipe.


Heat a medium-sized Dutch oven over medium-high heat and let the pan become hot. Add the oil and the butter. Once the butter has melted, add the beef cubes.  Season with the salt and pepper. Brown the beef cubes all over, making sure you get a nice even brown. (Don’t worry if the bottom of the pan is getting brown. You want that! It will only add flavor to the goulash.)

Once all of the meat has browned add the peppers, onions, and garlic. Continue to cook until the peppers and onions are softened. Next, add the flour, both types of paprika, and marjoram and stir well, incorporating all of the ingredients. (It will look somewhat dry and pasty.) Now add the red wine, water, and Maggi. Mix well so that everything is incorporated and there are no lumps. 

Once everything is mixed well, turn the heat down to low and cover with a lid. Let cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. After 1 hour, check for tenderness by removing a piece of meat and cutting it with a fork; if it comes apart easily, add the potatoes.   

If not, let cook for another 30 minutes or until the meat is tender. (If you add the potatoes too early they will just fall apart.) Add the potatoes and cook for another 20 minutes or until the potatoes are done. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve immediately.


Calories per serving:

467 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber Sugar Conscious, Egg Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 22g 33%
  • Carbs 29g 10%
  • Saturated 10g 50%
  • Fiber 5g 21%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 3g
  • Monounsaturated 8g
  • Polyunsaturated 2g
  • Protein 29g 57%
  • Cholesterol 102mg 34%
  • Sodium 1,854mg 77%
  • Calcium 78mg 8%
  • Magnesium 74mg 18%
  • Potassium 1,086mg 31%
  • Iron 6mg 33%
  • Zinc 7mg 47%
  • Phosphorus 354mg 51%
  • Vitamin A 304µg 34%
  • Vitamin C 35mg 59%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 17%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 23%
  • Niacin (B3) 8mg 40%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 58%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 47µg 12%
  • Vitamin B12 3µg 43%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 4mg 18%
  • Vitamin K 24µg 30%
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