Czech Goulash (the Real Thing)

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr

This came from my Grandmother who received it from her mother who moved here from Czechoslovokia.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in large dutch oven (large stew pot) on high heat.
  2. Combine beef and pork and begin to brown in oil on all sides.
  3. When meat is browned on all sides add onion; add enough water to cover the meat and onions mixture.
  4. Tie pickling spices in a cheesecloth or, us a metal tea ball only half full.
  5. Spices will expand while cooking.
  6. Drop cheesecloth or teaball into meat mixture.
  7. Simmer mixture for 45 minutes.
  8. Add ingredients from cans, diced tomatoes, tomato soup, and catsup; stir mixture well.
  9. Finally add all the spices as measured, the vinegar and the WHISKEY!
  10. Turn fire or heat to a low setting and simmer for 1 hour with lid on the pot.
  11. Check and stir frequently to prevent the bottom from scorching or burning.
  12. THIS IS ALL GOING TO MAKE YOUR KITCHEN SMELL AWESOME AS IT SIMMERS-- After simmering for the 1 hour it is ready to serve in bowls with large spoons.
  14. (AN OPTIONAL SERVING- Is to add 2 cups of egg noodles as you are simmering the soup till the noodles are tender. You may have to add a little more water for the noodles).


Most Helpful

My husband and I went to Prague and still talk about the goulash we had at this tiny hole in the wall restaurant there. Thisrecipe was the closest to that restaurant goulash that we have had. Delicious. I actually simmered the beef in some beer as well as water. Thanks for posting this recipe!

twurm December 28, 2007

this is good but absolutely NOT the real thing. I was born and grew up in czech republic and this is not what you will get if you ask for a gulas in a restaurant. The real thing asks for very little ingredients. 2lbs cubed beef, 2lbs of onion, chopped, paprika- lots of it, salt, pepper, garlic and marjoram and water. Thats it. You serve it with czech dumplings ( milk, flour, yeast, salt, sugar, egg - kneed it, shape it like a loaf of bread boil it in water 20 min on each side, slice and serve)

petra.koerner March 24, 2011

Having had the real thing in several places in eastern europe, including Romania and Slovakia, I thought that it was ok. The ketchup was a bit overpowering as well as the pickling spice. I am not a big fan of using processed ingredients (ie ketchup and canned soup) and I know that they dont use it in eastern europe to make goulash. I did throw in some sour cream to cut down on the overpowering spice.

azureye31 March 28, 2009

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