This is one of those Czech classics that you just cannot go without. Nothing like a winters evening and the smell of Gulas coming from the kitchen. Every family and individual has a slightly tweaked recipe to the next. Gulas originated in Hungary where it is one of the national dishes. It is a national dish in the Czech Republic as well as Slovakia and is very popular in Poland, Austria, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and a few other countries. The slang term 'Guláš' in Czech means something along the lines of 'a mess' or 'disorganized' - something this stew may look like but the taste is to die for! Feel free to add anything else you would like to the Gulas as this is how this food originated, it was the perfect meal to prepare for the poor who could make it using anything at their disposal and it is a great way to clean out the fridge if you do not know what to do with some of your vegetables.or meats. If you have it available, you can use Goulash Paste instead of tomato paste.