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Hungarian Goulash (Gulyás) Recipe: A Traditional Beef Stew With Paprika

Hungarian goulash recipe - Dr. Axe

Prep Time

15 minutes

Total Time

6–8 hours



Diet Type



  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2–3 cups fingerling potatoes, chopped
  • 1 pound stew beef
  • ½ onion, sliced
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 6 cups beef bone broth
  • 10 small mushrooms, whole and de-stemmed
  • ¾ cup (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 4 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cloves, whole
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a large pan over medium-high heat, braise beef in avocado oil with both paprikas, nutmeg, coriander, cloves, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, mustard, salt and pepper for about 5–10 minutes or until slightly brown.
  2. Add wine to deglaze pan.
  3. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for 6–8 hours.
  4. Serve on your favorite gluten-free noodle of choice.

What do you get when you combine tender grass-fed beef with delicious vegetables, herbs, spices and noodles? In this case, you end up with some mouth-watering Hungarian goulash!

That’s right, this is a slow cooker Hungarian goulash recipe so get ready for minimal work yet loads of flavor. Could this turn out to be the best Hungarian goulash recipe you’ve ever tasted? Give it a try today and find out!

What Is Goulash?

Goulash can be defined as a stew of meat and vegetables seasoned with paprika and other spices. Goulash has Hungarian origins, which is why it’s often referred to as Hungarian goulash. To this day, it remains a popular dish in Central Europe. (1)

Hungarian goulash recipe - Dr. Axe

Authentic Hungarian goulash is said to have first been consumed by Magyar shepherds in Hungary in the 9th century. Back then, goulash or Hungarian gulyás, was dried in the sun and stored in bags made from sheep’s stomach so the shepherds could easily transport it around with them. When they were ready to eat the Hungarian goulash again, they would simply add water to it.  It was the perfect way for them to have this hearty soup/stew delight on hand. The signature spice of more recent goulash recipes is paprika, but this spice made from Capsicum annuum peppers actually did not exist until the 18th century. (2)

This Hungarian goulash recipe is for Hungarian beef goulash, but you can also use other meats like free-range chicken to make Hungarian goulash recipes. Centuries ago, they most certainly did not have the kitchen tools (such as a slow cooker) that make this recipe so easy and delicious.

This slow cooker Hungarian goulash is perfect for weekly meal planning and is especially comforting and delicious during the colder months.

Hungarian Goulash Nutrition Facts

This recipe for Hungarian goulash contains about: (3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25)

  • 238 calories
  • 19 grams protein
  • 8 grams fat
  • 20.3 grams carbohydrate
  • 6.8 grams fiber
  • 7.5 grams sugar
  • 35 milligrams cholesterol
  • 414 milligrams sodium
  • 42,754 IUs vitamin A (over 100 percent DV)
  • 53.4 milligrams vitamin C (59 percent DV)
  • 3.7 milligrams iron (21 percent DV)
  • 0.1 milligrams riboflavin (7.7 percent DV)
  • 245 milligrams potassium (5.2 percent DV)
  • 2 micrograms selenium (3.6 percent DV)
  • 12 milligrams magnesium (2.9 percent DV)
  • 26 milligrams phosphorus (2.1 percent DV)
Hungarian goulash ingredients - Dr. Axe

For this Hungarian goulash slow cooker recipe, you can go the extra mile and make my beef bone broth recipe for the key liquid component of this stew. It’s possible to buy high-quality bone broth in stores these days, but making homemade bone broth is so delicious.

How to Make Hungarian Goulash

For this recipe, you’ll need a slow cooker. These devices use moist heat to cook food over a long period of time and are the perfect choice for tender meat and an overall flavor-packed goulash.

To prep for this recipe, cut up the potatoes, red pepper, tomatoes, garlic and onions as specified. Also, make sure to de-stem the whole mushrooms. Now you’re ready to braise the beef, deglaze the pan with wine and then simply throw everything into one pot for a low and slow cooking session.

Hungarian goulash step 1 - Dr. Axe

In a large pan over medium-high heat, braise the beef in avocado oil with both paprikas, nutmeg, coriander, cloves, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, mustard, salt and pepper. This should take about five to 10 minutes, or until slightly brown.

Hungarian goulash step 2 - Dr. Axe

Add wine (I highly recommend using organic wine) to deglaze the pan.

Hungarian goulash step 3 - Dr. Axe

Have all of the veggies rinsed, cut and ready to go.

Hungarian goulash step 4 - Dr. Axe

Add the raw veggies to the slow cooker.

Hungarian goulash step 5 - Dr. Axe

Add the tomato paste.

Hungarian goulash step 6 - Dr. Axe

Add the braised beef.

Hungarian goulash step 7 - Dr. Axe

Last but not least, add the hearty beef bone broth.

Hungarian goulash step 8 - Dr. Axe

Once everything is in the slow cooker, cook on low for six to eight hours.

Hungarian goulash step 9 - Dr. Axe

Serve over your favorite gluten-free noodles.

Hungarian goulash recipe - Dr. Axe

And your goulash is ready to enjoy!

Hungarian goulash recipe - Dr. Axe
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