Austrian Goulash

Recipe by FoodieWife
READY IN: 2hrs 45mins
SERVES: 8-10




  • You will need a large Dutch oven with a lid for best results. Add just enough olive oil to coat the pan and turn the heat high enough to make the oil shimmer, but not smoke.
  • Pat the meat dry and dredge in flour, seasoned with kosher salt & cracked pepper.
  • Add one piece of meat to the hot oil to make sure that it sizzles. Add the remaining meat, without crowding the pan and sear for about 3-4 minutes per side. You want a golden crust that will give the gravy great flavor.
  • Cook the meat in batches, if necessary and set aside in a bowl-- to collect the juice.
  • When all the meat is seared, turn the heat to medium and add a little more olive oil to the pan and cook the onion until tender-- 3-4 minutes. Add the sliced garlic and cook till fragrant-- 30 seconds or so.
  • Add the tomato paste and paprika, and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add the tomato sauce, caraway seeds, lemon zest and chicken stock and stir well.
  • Bring to a simmer for about 15 minutes and taste for seasoning. Adjust as necessary. If the sauce is too thick, thin with a little more chicken stock or water until it is the consistency of a gravy.
  • Simmer for 2 hours, or you can use a slow cooker for 4-6 hours.
  • This stew tastes even better if made one day in advance. Serve or buttered egg noodles or spaetzle or Bavarian Bread Dumplings "Semmel Knoedel", which is posted on my blog:.