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Today I will share with you Classic Goulash Soup Recipe that is pretty basic at the same time. There are several key ingredients in the goulash recipe that you are not allowed to skip: tomatoes, bell pepper and paprika. In Hungary, the origin country of this dish you will use beef meat to make broth for the soup but there are vegetarian options, variations with chicken and pork meat, which are equally delicious.

You can omit adding potatoes and you will have a delicious goulash stew that will perfectly with any side dish (whether it will be mashed potato or any cooked grain of your choice). If you follow the recipe step-by-step, you will get beef soup with delicious rich taste and nourishing thick broth.

The main advice I would give you is not to add much spices as they can overwhelm the taste of the main ingredients.

Basic Goulash Soup Ingredients:

Goulash Ingredients

  • 500 g beef meat;
  • 1 l water (broth);
  • 3 potatoes;
  • 1 red bell pepper;
  • 100 g tomatoes;
  • 1 onion;
  • 2 garlic cloves;
  • 1 tsp. tomato paste;
  • 1 tsp. paprika;
  • 3-4 tbsp. sunflower oil;
  • salt, pepper to taste.

How to make Hungarian goulash at home:

  • Rinse meat under water, drain all the water or pat it with paper towels. Cut beef into small cubes.

Step_1 How to cook goulash soup at home

  • Fry beef cubes in the oiled skillet for 3 minutes on each side. Make sure that the surface of the skillet is very well warmed up before placing meat there and you cook meat on the high heat.

Step_ 2 How to cook goulash soup at home

  • Chop onion into small pieces. Take a deep pot, heat up several spoons of oil in a deep pot, add onion and cook it until soft. Add paprika and stir.

Step_3 How to cook goulash soup at home

  • Add fried beef meat cubes to the pot.

Step_4 How to cook goulash soup at home

  • Pour water/broth to the pot to cover the meat, let it boil on the high heat and then reduce it. Cook goulash for 1.5 hours under the lid. Besides, broth should be slightly simmering and do not forget to stir it from time to time.

Step_5 How to cook goulash soup at home

  • Peel potatoes, cut them into cubes. In hour and a half, add them to simmering beef in the pot.

Step_6 How to cook goulash soup at home

  • Cut bell pepper into quarters; get rid of the seeds. Thus, pepper quarters cut into cubes together with tomatoes (approximately the same size as the meat cubes). Add cut vegetables to the pot.

Step_7 How to cook goulash soup at home

  • Add remaining broth (if you had one), stir all the ingredients in the pot and let it boil until cooked through. Add salt and pepper to your taste. Remove from the heat and let goulash sit for 15 minutes under the lid for all the aromas and flavor to incorporate. Enjoy your meal!

Step_8 How to cook goulash soup at home

This Hungarian Goulash Recipe will blow your mind if you will try it. You won’t regret it believe me. It is delicious and nutritious at the same time. The recipe is time consuming but does not require any special skills to make. There is no way in which you can mess it up. The key is cooked through meat and nor over cooked potato if you are cooking goulash soup.

Hungarian goulash recipe

Goulash Soup Recipe with Beef

If you follow the recipe step-by-step, you will get beef soup with delicious rich taste and nourishing thick broth.
Prep Time23 mins
Cook Time1 hr 45 mins
Total Time2 hrs 8 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Hungarian
Keyword: goulash soup recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 116kcal

Ingredients

  • 500 g beef meat
  • 1 l water (broth)
  • 3 potatoes
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 100 g tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 3-4 tbsp. sunflower oil
  • salt, pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Rinse meat under water, drain all the water or pat it with paper towels. Cut beef into small cubes.
  • Fry beef cubes in the oiled skillet for 3 minutes on each side. Make sure that the surface of the skillet is very well warmed up before placing meat there and you cook meat on the high heat.
  • Chop onion into small pieces. Take a deep pot, heat up several spoons of oil in a deep pot, add onion and cook it until soft. Add paprika and stir.
  • Add fried beef meat cubes to the pot.
  • Pour water/broth to the pot to cover the meat, let it boil on the high heat and then reduce it. Cook goulash for 1.5 hours under the lid. Besides, broth should be slightly simmering and do not forget to stir it from time to time.
  • Peel potatoes, cut them into cubes. In hour and a half, add them to simmering beef in the pot.
  • Cut bell pepper into quarters; get rid of the seeds. Thus, pepper quarters cut into cubes together with tomatoes (approximately the same size as the meat cubes). Add cut vegetables to the pot.
  • Add remaining broth (if you had one), stir all the ingredients in the pot and let it boil until cooked through. Add salt and pepper to your taste. Remove from the heat and let goulash sit for 15 minutes under the lid for all the aromas and flavor to incorporate. Enjoy your meal!

Notes

*calories per 100 g

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