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Homemade Hungarian Goulash Soup

This Homemade Hungarian Goulash Soup recipe is the perfect classic cold-weather soup that's hearty, full of flavour, and so easy to make! 
Course Dinner, Main Course, Pork, Soup, Stew
Cuisine American, Comfort Food, Hungarian, Romanian
Keyword Homemade Hungarian Goulash Soup
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 to 8 servings
Calories 443kcal
Author Chrissie (thebusybaker.ca)


  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 pounds stewing pork cubes (approximately 1 kilogram)
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons Hungarian smoked paprika
  • 1 regular bottle your favourite beer (I used Stella Artois)
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 4 cups room temperature chicken or beef stock
  • 1 cup plain tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup pickled roasted red peppers, chopped (or plain roasted red peppers from a jar, plus 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar)
  • 4-5 medium potatoes, skin on, cut into chunks
  • sour cream and fresh parsley for garnish


  • Heat a large heavy-bottomed pot (cast iron dutch oven pots are PERFECT for this recipe) over medium heat.
  • Add the chopped bacon and cook until just barely crisp, and remove the bacon to a large plate lined with kitchen paper
  • Keep at least 3 tablespoons of the bacon fat in the pot (feel free to drain the rest if there's too much, and if there isn't approximately 3 tablespoons of bacon grease left, add a little olive oil).
  • Season the pork cubes with salt and pepper, and add them to the hot pan, browning them in the bacon fat on all sides. Be careful not to overcrowd the bottom of the pan, or the pork will steam and not brown. Brown in batches, if needed.
  • Remove the browned pork cubes to the plate with the bacon and add the onions, carrots, garlic, and paprika to the pot.
  • Saute the veggies until the onions are soft and translucent and the carrots are beginning to soften. Add the beer and de-glaze the bottom the pot, scraping up all those brown bits left behind after cooking the meats and veggies, combining them with the veggies.
  • When the beer has reduced a little bit, add the bacon and pork back into the pot and stir everything together.
  • Separate about 1/3 cup of the room temperature chicken stock and stir the flour into it with a fork until the flour is dissolved.
  • Add that mixture to the pot, along with the rest of the chicken stock and the tomato sauce.
  • Add the pickled roasted red peppers and the potatoes to the pot and stir everything together very well to combine.
  • Turn the heat to low and let the stew simmer for about 35-45 minutes (or even longer if you have the time - up to 2-3 hours), stirring regularly, until the potatoes are cooked through and the stew has thickened up slightly.
  • Serve hot with a dollop of sour cream on top and some chopped fresh parsley, with crusty bread for dipping.


This stew freezes well, stored in airtight containers, for up to 2 months.
Store it in the fridge for up to 3 days after cooking (for meal prep).


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 443kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 853mg | Potassium: 1751mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 7057IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 7mg