Authentic Viennese Beef Goulash

This authentic recipe for Viennese Beef Goulash is a real family favorite. A hearty, warming beef stew with lots of onions and a thick savory sauce flavored with  paprika, caraway seeds and marjoram. 

Authentic Viennese Beef Goulash

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.

What I show you today is not the Hungarian Version but an authentic Viennese recipe – Yes, while goulash obviously originated in Hungary, Vienna made it it’s own version. Indeed, the Hungarian goulash is rather thin, compared to its Austrian cousin! Yes, what makes this Viennese Beef Goulash Recipe special is the thick, savory sauce! The interesting thing is that the sauce is actually mostly onions – sounds weird,right? Believe me, it’s crazy good  ! The secret to get this beautiful flavorful onion sauce is to saute the onions and garlic and puree (!!) them before adding paprika and spices. The meat is actually added raw to this puree. It sounds strange but I promise, you’ll end up with the most tender meat ever! 

I like to cook my Viennese Beef Goulash in a Dutch oven, which I just put into a 300 F hot oven with the lid on after adding the meat.  The beef releases its delicious juices over time and after 2,5 hours of simmering in this incredible beef- and-onion -sauce the meat is super tender. I usually cook a big portion of Goulash because it’s also one of those dishes that’s even better as a “leftover”! You can simply serve it on top of pasta or just throw in more veg to “strech” it a bit. 
Wiener Saftgulasch

Viennese Beef Gulasch is traditionally served  with bread dumplings called “Semmelknodel” and a green salad. I prefer to serve it with potatoes and a side salad. 

Recipe for Authentic Viennese Beef Goulash

for 4 persons: 

 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)
2 Tbsp clarified Butter
1 kg stewing beef
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 -3 garlic cloves
800 g onions
100 ml red wine
100 ml beef broth
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp marjoram
1 1/2 tsp caraway seeds 
2 tbsp paprika, hot
2 tbsp, paprika, sweet
 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.

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  1. Liebe Kiki,

    das hört sich Oberhammer lecker an!! Gulasch ist total mein Ding und muss ich auch unbedingt mal wieder machen. In der Art mit den vielen Zwiebeln kannte ich das noch gar nicht, aber ich finde die Zutaten hören sich sehr harmonisch an. Habe ich mir gleich mal abgespeichert :).

    Liebe Grüße,

  2. Wooooahhh… Kiki!!!
    Das klingt omnomnös ♡
    So ganz ohne Anbraten habe ich mein Gulasch noch nie gemacht, das muss ich unbedingt einmal testen.
    Dank dir für das tolle Rezept.
    Liebste Grüße

  3. Liebe Kiki,

    als Wienerin bin ich natürlich mit dem Gulasch groß geworden….
    Und jedem, dem ich sage, dass die Zwiebel-Fleisch-Menge 1:1 beträgt, bekommt erstmal ganz große Augen! Aber ich finde, dass man ja nie zu viel davon verwenden kann!
    Gulasch for the win! Das ist wahrlich ein gutes Mittel gegen Kater! Am liebsten esse ich Semmelknödel dazu…


  4. Hahaha, ach Kiki – die Fleischeslust der Studentenzeit, ich musste gerade sehr lachen und fühle mich ein ganz klein wenig an mich selbst erinnert 😉 Ab und an braucht man als Student einfach etwas richtig Deftiges und da kommt dein Gulasch gerade Recht. Wie gut, dass die Zwiebeln nur grob gehackt werden müssen – 800 g Zwiebeln fein zu würfeln macht mit Sicherheit nur wenig Freude haha
    Ganz liebe Grüße zu dir, Mia

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  6. genial, merci für das Rezept! lg

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