Beef goulash sauce topped with freshly chopped dill in a pan.
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Beef Goulash (Polish Gulasz)

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Discover the rich flavors of savory beef goulash with step-by-step recipe and cooking tips. Make it as Polish goulash (gulasz) recipe with onion, garlic powder and sweet paprika.

Beef gulash in onion gravy with fresh dill.

Beef goulash become popular all over the world for its hearty and comforting flavors. This savory stew is made with tender pieces of beef, onions, and spices that are slow-cooked to perfection. Whether served over noodles, mashed potatoes or with crusty bread on the side, Polish beef goulash is the perfect meal to warm you up on a chilly evening or to serve as the centerpiece of your next dinner party.

Beef Goulash Recipe (Polish)

Texture: tender, the meat is soft.
Taste: salty, with onion flavor.
Simplicity: it needs time to cook beef slowly, but the recipe is easy.
Meal Typedinner,meal prep, Polish recipe.

What is Goulash?

Goulash is a hearty, meat-based stew that originated in Hungary and has since become popular across Central Europe. It is a staple dish in many households during the colder months due to its warming and comforting qualities. Goulash typically includes chunks of beef or pork, potatoes, onions, paprika, and other spices that vary by recipe. Some variations also include vegetables such as tomatoes, carrots, and bell peppers. Goulash it has evolved over time to become one of the most beloved dishes in Eastern Europe. In Poland, it is called GULASZ, the recipe below is my version of Polish gulasz.

Beef Goulash Ingredients

Beef chunks, heavy cream, paprika powder, onions, salt, oil, garlic powder, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce.
  • Oil – for frying the beef, any oil including canola or sunflower can be used.
  • Beef – cubed beef chunks (beef chuck, top round etc.)
  • Stock or Water – use stock to make it more flavorful, if you don’t have it, use water. Make your own chicken stock.
  • Onion – for flavor and to make delicious sauce.
  • Worcestershire Sauce – this is optional, to make it as Polish omit the Worcestershire sauce.
  • Sweet Paprika – for the flavor.
  • Garlic Powder – for garlic flavor.
  • Salt – table salt, or sea salt can be used.
  • Black Pepper – freshly ground black pepper.
  • All-Purpose Flour – to thicken the sauce.
  • Heavy Cream – to make it richer and creamier.
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How to make Beef Goulash

  1. (Full recipe and video below). Heat oil on frying pan, add cubed beef. Cook on high mixing often.
  2. Add water or stock. Add Worcestershire Sauce, sweet paprika, garlic powder, salt and black pepper. Cook for 1 hour covered.
  3. Add onions, cook for about 1 or 1 hour 30 minutes covered.
  4. Mix all-purpose flour with cream in a small bowl. Add slowly to Polish goulash.

Polish Gulasz Variations & Tips

  • How to make it Polish? Don’t add Worcestershire sauce since it is not common in Poland. So Worcestershire sauce is only optional in this recipe.
  • To make it most flavorful I recommend using stock.
  • This Polish gulasz needs to be cooked over low/medium heat for a long time. Slow cooking will make the most delicious dish.
  • Meal Prep Tips: store in airtight container in the fridge or freeze it.
Polish gulasz with meat, onions, cream and spices in a pot,

Beef Goulash Faq’s

What beef is best for goulash?

Shoulder, shank, round, chuck beef are good cuts for the goulash.

What is best to serve with beef goulash?

You can serve with mashed potatoes, rice, pasta, noodles, quinoa, barley, kasha etc. Serve it with a side of lettuce salad, beets or cucumber salad.

Is goulash soup or stew?

Some countries will consider as soup, basically a meat soup. In some parts of the world it is called stew.

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Cooked cubed beef goulash in sauce on a frying pan.

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Beef Goulash

Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time3 hours
Servings: 5
Calories: 646kcal
Author: Ilona

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp. oil
  • 2 lb beef cubed
  • 3 cups stock or water
  • 3 onions peeled, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce optional
  • 1 tsp. sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  • Heat oil on deep large frying pan.
    3 Tbsp. oil
  • Add cubed beef, cook on high for 5 minutes.
    2 lb beef
  • Add water or stock, Worcestershire sauce (omit for Polish recipe), sweet paprika, garlic powder, salt and black pepper. Cook for 1 hour covered, mixing sometimes.
    1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp. sweet paprika, 1 tsp. garlic powder, 1 tsp. salt, 1/8 tsp. black pepper, 3 cups stock
  • Add onions, cook for approximately 1 hour or 1 and 30 minutes, covered on low-medium heat until meat will become soft and tender. Mix with spoon sometimes.
    3 onions
  • In a small jar combine cream with all purpose flour, shake it. Pour it slowly to beef, mixing all the time. Optional: add few tablespoons of water if the sauce will become to thick. Add more salt if desired.
    1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour, 1/3 cup heavy cream
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: European, Polish

Video

Notes

  • How to make it Polish? Don’t add Worcestershire sauce since it is not common in Poland. So Worcestershire sauce is only optional in this recipe.
  • To make it most flavorful I recommend using stock.
  • The Polish gulasz needs to be cooked over low/medium heat for a long time. Slow cooking will make the most delicious dish.
  • Meal Prep Tips: store in airtight container in the fridge or freeze it.
What is best to serve with beef goulash? The best are mashed potatoes, rice, pasta, noodles, quinoa, barley etc. Serve it with a side of lettuce salad, beets or cucumber salad.

Nutrition

Calories: 646kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 33gFat: 51gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 147mgSodium: 1114mgPotassium: 664mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1023IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 66mgIron: 4mg
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