Hungarian Goulash Recipe
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.
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil – I use Canola
- 1 ½ lb boneless beef chuck, tip or round roast or boneless pork shoulder, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
- ½ cup beef broth
- 4 tablespoons paprika
- 2 cups of ketchup
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 2 large onions, chopped (3 cups)
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes or tomato paste – I use garlic infused tomato paste
- 3 cups cold water
- 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 bag of cooked egg noodles – I personally love No Yolks Dumplings
- In 4-quart Dutch oven or 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
- Cook beef in oil about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until brown; drain.
- Stir in remaining ingredients except water, flour and noodles.
- Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover; simmer about 1 hour 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is tender.
- In tightly covered container, shake water and flour until mixed; gradually stir into beef mixture. If you need the sauce to get thicker just add additional water and flour.
- Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. Serve over noodles.
Start off by browning the garlic and then add the beef and onions.
By adding the ketchup to the mix, you infuse the sauce with additional ingredients that really add a unique level of flavor.
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.
The beef is nice and tender. The sauce is thick and creamy without the cream – yummy deliciousness!
I can’t even begin to express how delicious this meal is!
I hope you get to enjoy this delicious hearty meal soon. The leftovers are amazing!
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