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"Chunks of tender beef in a sauce flavored with onion, peppers, and smoked paprika."

Serves 4-6 | Prep Time 15 minutes | Cook Time 2 hour simmer time

Why I Love This Recipe

My parents went to Germany to visit many times with their friends who had immigrated from Munich after WWII. The dish they most enjoyed in Germany (although Hungarian) was Goulash. They were given the recipe and our family has been enjoying it ever since. I made the change to smoked paprika in 2019, when I forgot I had run out of sweet paprika. We liked it so much, I now make it with smoked paprika all the time.

Ingredients You'll Need

3 lbs. beef suitable for stewing cut in 1" cubes
2 T. bacon fat
4 onions, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
a sweet pepper, diced
4 T. smoked paprika
2 bay leaves
6 oz. can tomato paste
1 c. beef stock or more if needed
salt and pepper to taste
sour cream for serving, if desired


In heavy pan, heat bacon fat, add meat and brown slowly and very well. Add onions, garlic, and peppers and cook until translucent. Stir in paprika, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Stir well. Pour in tomato paste and beef broth, stir. Bring to boil, then simmer over low heat for 2 hour until tender. Uncover and cook to thicken sauce.

Pairs Well With

Noodles or Spatzle

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