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Balkan Goulash Recipe (Gulaš)

  • Author: Balkan Lunch Box
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 80 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Course



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or vegetable)
  • 1 yellow onion (large, peeled, minced)
  • 1 pound chuck tender steak (or other beef chunk, diced coarsely)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons paprika (or more)
  • (Optional) 2 sticks celery (minced)
  • 2 carrots (large, peeled, diced)
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • (Optional) 4 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • (Optional) 1 teaspoon of sugar


  1. In a deep skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and simmer. Add beef on top of onion but do not stir. Simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Add seasonings. Simmer another 5 minutes.
  3. Add carrots and celery and stir well. Simmer for another 5 minutes.
  4. Add 2 cups of water. Continue simmering on low for another 30-40 minutes on low. (Add a little water at the time to keep the level even, or if you like a thicker sauce skip adding more water.)
  5. (If using tomato sauce, add in now with sugar and stir.)
  6. Add breadcrumbs. Stir well. Simmer another 5-10 minutes. Serve hot.


Serve over pasta, rice, quinoa, or couscous.
You want the meat to brown, not burn, so feel free to lower the temperature in the beginning, and add a few more minutes to simmering. Alternatively you can add a pinch of of water here and there.

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