Viennese Goulash Recipe

Gulasch Ingredients
Gulasch Ingredients. Die Katrin CC by SA 2.0
    3 hrs 25 mins

Originally, goulash came from the Hungarian plains and the people who raised cattle there. By the 1800s, the pepper-spiked stew made its way into the Viennese kitchen and turned into many variations on a theme. Esterhazy, Veal-, Salon and Fiaker-Gulasch are just a few.

With lean beef and onions as main ingredients, "Saftgulasch" is especially popular. The secret is to use at least three-quarters of a pound of onions for every pound of beef.

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What You'll Need

  • 3 1/2 pounds lean beef shank, boneless
  • 2 3/4 pounds  onions
  • 6 ounces Schmalz, lard or oil
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons ground Hungarian paprika, edelsüß
  • 2 Juniper berries, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon ground caraway
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Cider vinegar
  • Bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 quarts of water

How to Make It

  1. Cut the beef into 2-ounce chunks and peel and cut the onions into long strips.
  2. Heat part of the lard or oil in a large pan or Dutch oven and brown the meat in batches. Remove to a plate.
  3. Sauté the onions until golden brown in the rest of the oil. Add the ground paprika, juniper berries, marjoram, caraway, sugar, black pepper and 1 teaspoon of salt and brown in the oil for a very short time (30 seconds). Do not burn the ground paprika!
  1. Add the tomato paste, garlic and lemon zest and stir.
  2. Quickly add the cider vinegar and about 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Add bay leaf, if desired.
  3. Add the brown meat and braise for 2 1/2 hours. Stir occasionally and add water as needed.
  4. When the meat is soft, add the rest of the water and bring back to a boil. Season to taste with salt.
  5. To thicken the sauce, stir the flour together with a little cold water and add in a thin stream to the stew. Stir until it comes to a boil.

Note: The more the goulash is cooked, the better. Goulash tastes best on the second day.

Try serving goulash with Semmelknödel, Czeck dumplings, Spätzle or other noodles.