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Hungarian Goulash Recipe

This Goulash recipe is a fabulous, hearty and filling dinner that is perfect any time of year. Slow cooked beef in a thick and savory sauce served over Hungarian dumplings called Nokedli (or spaetzle in german). 
Course Dinner
Cuisine Hungarian
Keyword Goulash, Goulash Recipe, how to make goulash, Nokedli
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 528kcal
Author Lauren's Latest


for the Goulash-

for the Nokedli-

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of wheat
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted


for the Goulash-

  • In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Cook onions until tender, about 5 minutes. Add in garlic, stew meat, salt & pepper and cook until browned. Add in tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, water, and seasonings. Bring to boil and reduce heat to a low or slow simmer. Cook until meat is tender and falls apart (at least 2 hours).

Crockpot Goulash-

  • Place empty crockpot on high heat to preheat it. On the stove top, cook onions, garlic, and meat until fully cooked. Place cooked mixture, tomato sauce, water and spices into the hot crockpot. Cook 3 hours or longer.

for the Hungarian Nokedli-

  • Mix dry ingredients in large bowl. Carefully mix wet ingredients with dry until combined and batter is wet. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling simmer.  
  • Create dumplings with Spaetzle maker over hot salted water. Nokedli is done when they float to the top!
  • Serve Goulash over nokedli.


Calories: 528kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 153mg | Sodium: 899mg | Potassium: 994mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 745IU | Vitamin C: 14.8mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 8mg