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Old Fashioned Goulash with Beef and Mushrooms

  • Author: Balkan Lunch Box
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 75 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main Course


Mushroom goulash is an easy goulash recipe fantastic for older cuts of beef, but even better made with rump steak (sirloin). This simple dish is enriched with mushrooms which endow this perfect goulash taste with hints of earthiness.


  • 11.5 pounds beef (chuck roll, beef neck bones, shoulder or beef round, diced)
  • 3 cups beef broth (or 1 beef bouillon cube melted in 3 cups of warm water)
  • 1 yellow onion (medium, diced; or 1 tablespoon onion powder)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced; or 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1 tablespoon paprika (mild or hot)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 ounces tomato sauce (puree)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1012 ounces mushrooms (penny bun, cremini, portabello or a mix, diced)
  • Handful fresh parsley (to garnish)


  1. In a deep pan or pot combine beef and beef broth. Simmer on low to medium for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Add onion (or onion powder), garlic (or garlic powder), paprika, salt and pepper to the pan. Mix well and continue simmering 20 minutes. Add a little bit of hot water at times to keep the level of liquid even. (In addition to the broth you’ll be adding 1 to 2 more cups of liquid throughout the entire cooking process for a total of 4-5 cups of liquid to replenish evaporated liquid and achieve wanted goulash thickness.)
  3. Add butter, tomato sauce and sugar to the pan and mix well. Bring the temperature down to low and simmer another 20 minutes, stirring frequently. (By now the meat should be tender. )
  4. Finally, add mushrooms. Combine with ingredients well and simmer another 10- 15 minutes, or until the mushrooms are soft.
  5. Garnish with parsley and serve over rice, couscous or pasta.


If using tender meat cuts, or veal, skip boiling. Instead, start by seasoning meat chunks with paprika first. Then in the pan heat up 2-3 tablespoons of oil and simmer meat, garlic, onion and remaining seasonings on low for 10-15 minutes. Other steps are the same.


  • Calories: 450
  • Sugar: 6.2g
  • Sodium: 955mg
  • Fat: 17.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Carbohydrates: 11.3g
  • Fiber: 2.4g
  • Protein: 58.6g
  • Cholesterol: 167mg

Keywords: mushroom goulash, balkan goulash

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