Deutsch: Gulasch / Español: Gulash / Português: Goulash / Français: Goulache / Italiano: Goulash

Goulash is a traditional stew of meat and vegetables, seasoned with paprika and other spices. Originating from Hungary, goulash is a national dish that has been adopted and adapted by many other countries in Europe and around the world, each adding local flavors and ingredients to the basic recipe.


Goulash is typically made using tough cuts of meat that are slow-cooked with onions, and a significant amount of paprika provides the stew its distinctive red color and flavor. Ingredients can vary, but the common additions include bell peppers, tomatoes, carrots, and potatoes. It is often served with a side of bread, dumplings (especially in Czech and Slovak cuisines), or simple boiled or mashed potatoes, making it a hearty, filling dish.

Application Areas

Goulash is versatile and can be served in various contexts:

  • As a Main Dish: In both its original stew form and as a thicker, almost sauce-like version that might be served over pasta or dumplings.
  • In Soup Form: Hungarian goulash is also commonly prepared as a soup, thinner in consistency, and served as a starter or light meal.
  • Comfort Food: Widely regarded as a comfort food, perfect for cold weather due to its hearty and warming qualities.

Well-Known Examples

  • Hungarian Goulash (Gulyás): The traditional Hungarian version is often prepared as a soup with a thinner broth.
  • Austrian Goulash: Usually thicker than Hungarian goulash, and almost exclusively made as a stew.
  • American Goulash: An American take on the traditional goulash, often including pasta cooked within the stew, making it a one-pot meal.

Treatment and Risks

Goulash is a nutritious dish that is generally safe to consume, with a few considerations:

  • Allergens: As with any dish, it can contain allergens based on ingredients used (e.g., gluten in flour if used for thickening).
  • High Fat and Sodium: Depending on the preparation, goulash can be high in fat and sodium, especially if prepared with a lot of meat and salt.


Here's a simple recipe for making a basic version of Hungarian goulash:

  • Ingredients:

    • 2 pounds beef chuck, cut into 1-inch cubes
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 2 large onions, chopped
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 tablespoons paprika (preferably Hungarian)
    • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
    • 1 cup diced tomatoes (fresh or canned)
    • 2 cups beef broth
    • 2 carrots, sliced
    • 2 bell peppers, chopped
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • Sour cream (for serving)
  • Method:

    • Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add beef cubes and brown all sides. Remove beef and set aside.
    • In the same pot, add onions and sauté until they are soft and golden. Add garlic, paprika, and caraway seeds, cooking until fragrant.
    • Return the beef to the pot. Add tomatoes and beef broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for about 1 hour.
    • Add carrots and bell peppers. Continue to simmer until the vegetables and beef are tender, about 30-40 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
    • Serve hot, topped with a dollop of sour cream.

Similar Terms

  • Stew
  • Paprikash
  • Beef stew
  • European cuisine
  • Hungarian cuisine

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Goulash is a classic dish from Hungary, famous for its deep, smoky flavor enhanced by the liberal use of paprika. It serves as a comforting meal that can be found in kitchens from Europe to North America, each version reflecting its own regional twist on this hearty, beloved stew.


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