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Beef Paprika Recipe

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"My husband, Don, and I loved this savory dish when we first sampled it at a party," notes Nancy Nielsen of Orange, Connecticut. "Of course, I had to have the recipe, which I have downsized to serve just the two of us. This hearty entree featuring tender beef is one of our favorites."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 3/4 pound beef stew meat, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 cup water, divided
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • Hot cooked noodles

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 359 calories, 17 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 106 mg cholesterol, 1054 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 34 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, brown beef in oil on all sides. Add onion; cook until onion is tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add 1/2 cup of water, ketchup, brown sugar, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, salt, mustard and cayenne; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hours or until beef is tender.
  2. Combine flour and remaining water until smooth; gradually stir into stew. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with noodles. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Beef Paprika in Taste of Home October/November 2002, p23

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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Reviewed Sep. 7, 2015

"This is delicious! My only suggestion would be to add about 1/2 tsp. of caraway seeds prior to the long simmer for some extra flavor. I have also served this over pasta or rice when out of noodles."

Reviewed Sep. 23, 2014

"Delicious! Reminds me of a stroganoff dish my German Grandmother made. I serve it over egg noodles with a salad and homemade buttery bubble bread (another wonderful recipe from TOH). It is very hearty and one of my husbands' favorites."

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2013

"This recipe is SO good! I used penne noodles, but next time, I will use egg noodles. I will be making this again soon."

Reviewed Oct. 21, 2012

"Ever since this was originally published in 2002, it became my favorite way to fix stew meat. So glad to see it online too!"

Reviewed Jul. 20, 2011

"Thickness of Gravy/Sauce and even flow of taste of the Spices, makes this Recipe a Five Star Rating! Paul Morris-Belcourt, North Dakota!"

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