This traditional Austrian Beef Goulash is the best Goulash recipe ever!
Today I share with you one of my most beloved recipes! Goulash! My whole family is crazy about this Austro-Hungarian Beef Stew and no matter how much I make, it never lasts as long as it should. Trust me, this is the best goulash recipe ever!
What is Goulash and where does it come from?
Goulash is a hearty soup or stew with pork or beef, usually seasoned with sweet paprika and other spices like caraway seeds and marjoram. Originating from medieval Hungary, goulash is an extremely popular meal in Central Europe but also in other parts of Europe.
What I show you today is not a Hungarian goulash but a traditional Austrian recipe – Yes, while goulash obviously originated in Hungary, Vienna made its own version and IT IS OUTRAGEOUS.
Indeed, the Hungarian goulash is rather thin compared to its Austrian cousin!
Why this is the best Goulash recipe ever:
What makes this Viennese Beef Goulash Recipe special is the thick, savoury sauce! The interesting thing is that the sauce is actually mostly onions – sounds weird, right? Believe me, it’s crazy good!
The secret to getting this beautiful flavorful onion sauce is to saute the onions and garlic and puree (!!) them before adding paprika and spices.
The meat is not fried but actually added raw to this onion puree. It sounds strange but I promise, you’ll end up with the most tender meat ever!
Tips for making the best beef goulash:
Variations on this traditional goulash recipe:
- You can use pork instead of beef but make sure to cook it only for about 1,5 hours, or until the pork is tender.
- This goulash recipe can also be made in a slow cooker. Follow steps 1 to 3, add all ingredients to a slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 3 1/2 to 4 hours or LOW for 7 to 8 hours.
- If you cannot find marjoram, use oregano instead!
- Add potatoes, red bell pepper, carrots, or mushrooms to add some bulk to this beef goulash!
What to serve with this traditional Goulash?
This succulent beef goulash is traditionally served with bread dumplings called “Semmelknodel” (here’s a great recipe) and a green salad. I prefer to serve it with potatoes and a side salad.
Can leftover goulash be frozen?
You can freeze leftover goulash in an airtight container. Use the frozen goulash up within three months. When you want to eat some, run warm water around the outside of the freezer container, and remove the frozen goulash to either a pot or microwave safe dish for heating.
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The best Beef Goulash recipe
This traditional beef goulash from Austria is THE BEST GOULASH RECIPE EVER! The secret? Many onions and slow cooking in a dutch oven or slow cooker!
- 800 g onions
- 2 -3 cloves garlic
- 2 tbsp clarified butter ghee
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 100 ml red wine
- 1 1/2 tsp caraway seeds
- 4 tbsp paprika sweet
- 1/2 tbsp paprika smoked
- 1 tbsp marjoram
- 100 ml beef broth
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 kg beef stewing beef, cut into cubes
- salt to taste
- Chop onions and garlic, heat the clarified butter in a dutch oven or a big pot and fry on low heat for about 10 minutes. Now, turn down the heat and puree the onion-garlic mix with an immersion blender. Add the tomato paste and turn the heat up again. Roast the tomato-onion-puree for about 2 minutes, then add the wine and let reduce.
- Add all the spices and the vinegar as well as 100 ml of beef broth. Turn heat to low and let simmer for 5 minutes. Now add the meat. The beef should be just barely covered with liquid. If you are lacking liquid, you can add more broth at this point.
- Cover the pot with a lid an let the Viennese Beef Goulash simmer on low heat for 2-3 hours until the meat is tender and the sauce nice and thick. Season with salt to taste.
- Serve with potatoes and a green salad.
Note: Use Hungarian paprika powder - and add your liquids right after adding the paprika - it will get bitter if fried for too long. Also, even if you're not a fan of caraway seeds, add at least a bit. It does not stand out at all but is quintessential for flavour! (Plus, it helps with digestion and eventual gas from the onions)