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beef goulash in a bowl served with bread
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5 from 2 votes

Classic Homestyle Beef Goulash Recipe

There’s nothing quite like a big bowl of warm beef goulash. This hearty and healthy recipe is perfect for the entire family.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: beef, soup
Servings: 8
Calories: 369kcal
Author: Jane and Sonja
Cost: $6


  • 2-3 lbs beef cubed
  • 3 tbsps butter or vegetable oil
  • 3 cups onions chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 5 cups water


  • Cook the meat for 3-5 minutes to drain out the liquid. Discard the liquid.
  • In a large pot saute onions for 3-4 minutes. Add meat and other ingredients and saute for 10-15 minutes.
  • In the meantime, dilute 1 can of tomato paste with 1 cup of water. Add to the sauteed mixture. Add 4 more cups of water to the pot.
  • Cover and simmer on low heat for 1-½ hours until meet is tender.


Instead of the stove-top, you could place the sauteed ingredients and water in a slow cooker for 5-6 hours.


Calories: 369kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 292mg | Potassium: 615mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 455IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 3mg