Hungarian Goulash Soup

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2 hours


8 servings (about 2 quarts)

Updated: Oct. 20, 2022
I taught with the Defense Department in Germany (and met my husband, an Air Force pilot, there). Goulash soup was one of the first foods I tried overseas...I pieced this recipe together once I got back home. I make it often—with two little boys, 3 and 1, it's nice knowing that dinner is "under control"!


  • 3 bacon strips, diced
  • 1-1/2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 small green pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • Dash sugar
  • 2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, optional


  1. In a large kettle, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. Add beef cubes and brown on all sides. Add green pepper and onions; cook until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomatoes, broth, paprika, salt, pepper and sugar.
  2. Cover and simmer for about 1-1/2 hours or until beef is tender. About 1/2 hour before serving, add the potatoes and reserved bacon; cook until potatoes are tender. Garnish each serving with a dollop of sour cream if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 283 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 59mg cholesterol, 920mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 21g protein.