A white casserole dish filled with a red stew, with a bowl of cooked pasta to the side

Beef goulash

  • serves 4
  • Easy

This deeply satisfying Hungarian stew is loaded up with smoky paprika and melting beef shin. Serve with pasta or rice for a comforting dinner for four


Try this recipe for beef goulash, then check out our chicken goulashpork goulash and Hungarian lecso.

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  • olive oil 2 tbsp
  • shin of beef 750g, cut into chunky pieces
  • onions 2, thinly sliced
  • garlic 4 cloves, finely chopped
  • tomato purée 2 tbsp
  • paprika 1 tbsp
  • Belazu Sweet Oak Smoked Paprika 1 tbsp
  • whole black peppercorns ground to make 1 tsp
  • white wine 200ml
  • plum tomatoes 400g tin
  • beef stock 500ml
  • red peppers 3, sliced
  • flat-leaf parsley a handful, chopped
  • soured cream 150ml
  • pasta or rice to serve


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 170C/fan 150C/gas 3. Heat the oil in a casserole and season the beef generously. Fry in batches until well browned all over, then scoop out onto a plate. Add the onions to the pan with a big pinch of salt and cook gently for 20 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and cook for another minute, then add the tomato purée, the paprika, Belazu Sweet Oak Smoked Paprika and pepper. Cook for another minute. Pour in the wine and bubble for a minute more, then tip in the tomatoes and stock. Return the beef to the pan and bring to a simmer. Cover with a lid and transfer to the oven for 1 hour 30 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Remove the lid and stir in the peppers. Return to the oven, uncovered, for another 1 hour 30 minutes until the sauce has reduced and the meat is meltingly tender.

  • Step 3

    Spoon the goulash into bowls and top with a sprinkle of the parsley and a spoonful of the soured cream, then serve with rice or pasta.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 458
  • Fat 19.1g
  • Saturates 7.2g
  • Carbs 17.8g
  • Sugars 16.2g
  • Fibre 7g
  • Protein 42.4g
  • Salt 0.5g