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Hungarian Goulash Recipe

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Hungarian Goulash Recipe 

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Adding Hungarian flavors to your dinner table with this traditional beef and pasta goulash can really kick up your meal plan! When I was a kid, the one recipe I remember my mom making that everyone flipped over was Hungarian Goulash. It’s a hearty meal that everyone loves and looks forward to the leftovers. You can’t go wrong with this recipe – it’s easy and if you have some beef handy, it’s a winner!

My mom had one secret ingredient that she used to kick her recipe up notches – don’t be shocked when I tell you what that is OK? Ketchup! Yep, adding two cups of ketchup to the traditional ingredients makes an incredible difference.

We only use the brand of ketchup that doesn’t have high fructose in it so it’s much healthier a choice. You can find it at most grocery stores – it’s by Heinz and it’s called Simply Heinz. It only has red ripe tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, salt, and a special blend of spices and flavorings in it so you are getting the exact flavors you need to spice this dish up. 

[yumprint-recipe id=’31’]Here are some pictures to wet your appetite and help you along the way.

Start off by browning the garlic and then add the beef and onions. 

Hungarian Goulash Recipe

By adding the ketchup to the mix, you infuse the sauce with additional ingredients that really add a unique level of flavor. 

Hungarian Goulash Recipe

This is where the magic happens. If you like a thicker sauce just add some more flour and water to the mix! It’s all up to you. 

Hungarian Goulash Recipe

The beef is nice and tender. The sauce is thick and creamy without the cream – yummy deliciousness! 

Hungarian Goulash Recipe

I can’t even begin to express how delicious this meal is! 

Hungarian Goulash Recipe

I hope you get to enjoy this delicious hearty meal soon. The leftovers are amazing! 

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  1. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I have only had goulash once but would love to try making it. It doesn’t seem all that hard and looks delicious! Could you cook the meat in a slow cooker, I wonder? I will try this one first.

  2. It’s cold today in Wichita, KS, and it just started to sleet this afternoon. It’s wonderful to read about something warm to eat. Thanks for the recipe and the great photos of each step.

  3. Hi Barbara, Yes! You surely can. It would be great that way too because the meat will come out nice and tender. I’m going to try the whole recipe in a slow cooker next time. Brilliant idea! I hope you get to make it soon. It’s off the hook delicious. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  4. Hungarian Goulash! I have heard of it all my life and never tasted it so I will try this recipe, plus anything with egg noodles gets my attention. We also buy the Heinz Ketchup – it’s great!

  5. My mom made something similar, but didn’t call it this! I always wondered why. I need to make this and see if the kids like it!

  6. This looks delicious! I was just thinking of this exact meal the other day but was too lazy to google it or search on Pinterest. Pinning for sure! Thank you1

  7. Hi Linda, I know your kids will love it. It’s not spicy but just perfectly spiced. It’s one of our favorite meals to make and the leftovers are amazing! I hope you get to make it soon. Thanks much and have a great rest of the week!

  8. Oh my gosh Sue, this is one meal you have got to make. The leftovers are amazing too. It’s pretty easy too. Kind of a one pot meal for sure. I try to make it at least twice a month because we love it that much. I hope you get to try it and soon! Oh, and that ketchup is really the best. It’s all we buy now!

  9. Hi Karen, yes cold here too. This dish is perfect for this kind of weather. It’s so creamy and hearty and the leftovers are amazing! I hope you get to try it soon. It’s really easy too which I love. Thanks much and have a great rest of the week!

  10. Seriously? Do you have to post so close to dinner when I am starving, and make it something I know my husband would adore? Ok, I’ll have to make it this weekend. Pinning! And mouth-wateringly doing so!

  11. LOL Carol. You will both love this dish. It’s easy and the leftovers are out of this world! Thanks so much for pinning! I hope you get to enjoy this soon. Have a great rest of the week!

  12. Omgoodness my grandmother’s recipe calls for ketchup! I haven’t seen this version of Heinz here in Heinze territory, I need to find it.
    We are expecting 17 inches of snow this weekend, thank you for this comfort food suggestion.

  13. This looks so delicious–and perfect for this time of year. Bookmarking it for dinner one day soon.

  14. Hi Doreen, that’s hysterical! I’ve never heard of anyone using ketchup before for that recipe! Oh yes, that Heinze is the best…all natural so you don’t have to feel bad about using it. We are too. I think we are expeceting the same amount of snow on Saturday. What state do you live in? PA here. I’m actually only about 1 1/2 hours away from NYC. Stay cozy and warm and enjoy the comfort food! xo

  15. This goulash looks so tasty! I have some weird aversion to cooking with ketchup unless it is meatloaf. Do you think tomato sauce would work in place of ketchup?

  16. Hi Shelly, I can totally understand that aversion that’s why I use the Simply Heinz, but of course, yes! Just replace the Ketchup with the same amount of tomato sauce. I’ve had to do that a few times when I ran out of ketchup and I know it tastes just as delicious. Thanks much for stopping by and enjoy!

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