Grandma's Hungarian Goulash

Linda Kauppinen


This was a favorite dish that my grandmother used to make and everyone loves. I've converted it so that it cooks well in either stove top or crock pot. This dish is an ethnic winter comfort food, much like a stroganoff. Very rich and very filling.
My father-in-law who was picky and swore up and down that goulash had to have a red sauce absolutely fell in love with this dish!
I beefed up the recipe a little bit...Im sure that you will love it!

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45 Min
4 Hr
Stove Top


4 lb
boneless chuck roast
4 Tbsp
cooking oil
2/3 c
2 tsp
1 dash(es)
2 tsp
paprika ( i use hungarian paprika when i can get it)
1 pkg
mushrooms (i use baby bellas)
1 c
chopped onion
4 Tbsp
catsup or 2 tbsp tomato paste
bay leaves
2 clove
garlic, fresh, sliced in half and smashed to release flavor
beef bouillion cubes/or 3-4 cups beef stock
3-4 c
water (omit if using beef stock)
1 pkg
wide egg noodles


1 c
sour cream
6 Tbsp
flour (more or less)
1-2 c
hot cooking liquid from the pot

How to Make Grandma's Hungarian Goulash


  • 1In a plastic bag combine flour, paprika, salt and pepper.
  • 2Cut Chuck Roast into 1 inch cubes and add to flour mixture to dredge.
  • 3Heat oil in skillet and brown the meat pieces. As the pieces are lightly browned, drain and transfer to stock pot or crock pot.
  • 4In stock pot or crock pot, stir in water and beef bouillon cubes or beef stock, onion, catsup, mushrooms, garlic and bay leaves.
    Stove top: Turn to high heat and when mixture starts boiling remove bay leaves, cover and turn heat to simmer for 2 to 4 hours.
    Crockpot: Turn to high and mixture starts boiling remove bay leaves. Turn to low heat, cover and simmer for 2 to 4 hours.
  • 5Sour Cream Sauce:
    1 cup sour cream,
    6 Tbsp flour (more or less),
    1-2 cups hot cooking liquid.
    Combine sour cream and flour and mix together very well so that it is a creamy texture.
    SLOWLY blend in hot cooking liquid into the sour cream mixture so that it does not curdle.
  • 6Slowly pour your warm sour cream mixture into the hot mixture of the pot, stirring constantly to blend it thoroughly. Continue to cook and stir constantly until thickened.

    serve over hot cooked egg noodles.
    Best Served with a fresh salad with a lovely balsamic dressing, fresh cooked Asparagus, Broccoli or your favorite vegetable and a crusty bread. Updated 10/20/14

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About Grandma's Hungarian Goulash

Course/Dish: Beef, Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Hungarian
Dietary Needs: Soy Free
Other Tag: Heirloom