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Hungarian Goulash Soup

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"!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings (about 2 quarts)


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • Rolf
    Apr 11, 2020

    Using 3 cups (24 oz) of broth will not end up with 2 quarts (64 oz) of soup. Its more likely a stew.

  • shannondobos
    Oct 11, 2018

    This soup is so flavorful. I adapted this for my Instant Pot. I omitted the green pepper and after browning the beef, I cooked at high pressure for 30 minutes, quick released the pressure, and then put it on a low saute to cook the potatoes for about 15 minutes. If they're diced nice and small it doesn't take long. With a bit of crusty bread for dipping, this is fantastic!

  • 2124arizona
    Jul 9, 2017

    This soup is so satisfying on a cold winter day!!

  • kiteley
    Oct 29, 2015

    Delicious and simple to prepare!1Sandy

  • DrDoom77
    Dec 31, 2012

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  • RR73
    Oct 25, 2010

    This soup was absolutely delicious! My husband couldn't get enough of it. The aroma itself was mouth-watering. I added carrots as well. Yummy!

  • Deirdre62
    Jan 6, 2010

    I made this last week and it was delicious, the only thing I added was a few carrots, it disappeared in a hurry. This soup freezes well too.

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    Nov 8, 2009

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    Nov 9, 2008

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