Old World Hungarian Goulash

"One of the best goulash recipes I've ever come up with. I think that the original recipie I started out with used 2 lbs. beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces instead of ground beef"
photo by Dreamer in Ontario photo by Dreamer in Ontario
photo by Dreamer in Ontario
Ready In:
4hrs 50mins




  • Heat butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Cook beef in butter, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned.
  • Do not drain.
  • Place beef and sliced onion in a slow cooker.
  • Mix partially cooked elbo macarroni, beef broth, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, season salt, liquid smoke, salt, and pepper; stir into beef mixture.
  • Cover and cook on low heat 4-5 hours (I always use the longer cook time).
  • Mix water and flour; gradually stir into beef mixture.
  • Stir in green pepper.
  • Cover and cook on high heat 30 minutes. Serve with a dolop of sourcream atop.

Questions & Replies

  1. So I would have to think that the slow cooking stew meat would be better than ground beef.


  1. DON'T CALL IT A GOULASH, because GULYAS is a soup!!!!!!!!!!
  2. DH wants this recipe saved to his favourites file. It's delicious. I used diced tomatoes, Hungarian Sweet Paprika and Brown Rice pasta. There wasn't time to cook it in my crockpot so I cooked it in a lidded saucepan on the stove top on very low heat for 2 hours. I added a soup can of red wine because I had an open bottle and I also thought it would need more liquid for the stove top method. Thankyou for sharing this recipe. Made for PAC Fall '08
  3. This is American Chop Suey, NOT goulash. People need to stop this madness.
  4. Hungarian Foulash is actually a stew, not a soup. It has chunks of beef, lots of paprika, and NO tomato products.
  5. The flavor was good, but I thought there was too much pasta so next time I will reduce the amount by half or so. Thank you.


Well lets see I'm a single mom of 2 my little girl whom is 8 and my little boy whom is 5. Just divorced, lets see I dance for a living; but I don't really mind it gives me a great paycheck and more time to spend with my babies. I don't really have like a favorite cook book, but I've always cooked since I could remember, I learned from pulling up a chair to the counter top and watching both of my grandmothers both of which where profectional cooks as careers and my great-grandmother whom might as well took cooking as a career specially since she was the mother of 13 kids and pretty much spent all her time in the kitchen anyways. Some of my recipes I have revised to my own personal taste from my all of my grandmothers recipes; which is kind of cool becouse granny and her mother my nannie where both from Irland and my mama was born at Cherokee Reservasion, in North Carollina wich give me another side of learning how to cook great food besides American Indian food she also tought me about the type of food and how to cook it from the Blue Ridge Mountains; both of which have their own destintive taste and flair. I also learned how to cook Mexican and Tex-Mex food from living years in San Antonio, Texas and learned how to cook this type of food from my Step Grandmother and Step Father whom one grow up in Mexico and the other in Texas... I also grew up learning how to cook vegitarian since my dad is a hippy, lol,,, that was definitly interesting. And due to my X-Husband whom is Filipino tought me along with his mother and grand mother to cook some of their favorite dishes but I think my favorite one I learned from them was lumpia or also know as spring rolls here in the states and fresh lumpia....
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