When I’m looking for a family-friendly winter meal, I often turn to my favorite goulash recipe. Goulash is a seasoned soup that originated in Hungary and consists of vegetables and meat. It’s a hearty and warming dish that’s perfect for a filling dinner on a chilly evening. Today I’m excited to share with you a selection of fifteen different goulash recipes, all of which are ideal for your whole family to enjoy this winter.
1. Beef Goulash
For a classic beef goulash, try out this recipe from Nicky’s Kitchen Sanctuary. This hearty stew features tender beef that will fall apart perfectly and a delicious smoky paprika and tomato sauce. You can either make this dish in the oven or in your slow cooker, and the recipe recommends using two types of paprika to give the goulash extra flavor. You’ll want to top off the recipe with heaps of sour cream, which you can stir through the dish and spoon on top before serving.
2. Easy Chicken Goulash
If you and your family prefer chicken to beef, you’ll love this simple chicken goulash from Easy Peasy Foodie. This recipe creates a fun twist on the classic dish and takes half the time you would need to create the beef version. It’s ideal for a busy weekday night and can be served with a side of your choice such as rice, crusty bread, pasta, or mashed potatoes. The best thing about this dish is that it requires only ten minutes of hands-on prep time and then fifty minutes to cook before serving.
3. Hungarian Goulash
Jo Cooks shares this traditional Hungarian goulash recipe, which will help you create an authentic goulash that your whole family is sure to love. Featuring garlic, caraway seed, and sweet paprika, this recipe makes a dish that is packed with flavor and is perfect to serve over potatoes or noodles. This is a simple meal that doesn’t include any additional ingredients or rely on flour to thicken the dish. Olive oil is used to brown the beef, and it’s an essential part of the recipe process in order to achieve the complex flavors that this dish is renowned for.
4. Slow Cooker Hungarian Goulash
If you’ve been around here for a while, you know I’m a huge fan of my slow cooker. I love being able to throw together all of my ingredients and then leave the device to create the perfect meal for dinnertime. A Farmgirl’s Dabbles shares this slow cooker recipe which takes four to six hours to cook. You’ll start by placing your beef in the slow cooker, and then cover it with mushrooms, onions, garlic, carrots, and potatoes. After whisking the other ingredients and seasonings together in a bowl, simply add these on top and leave the slow cooker to work its magic.
5. Beef Goulash with Dumplings
Following the traditional Central European recipe, this recipe from Simply Recipes makes a hearty and complete meal by adding light and fluffy dumplings to the dish. With the addition of dumplings to the goulash, you balance out the meal perfectly, since the lightness of the dumplings perfectly complementing the rich and heavy stew. For best results, make sure you are using fresh and flavorful paprika, as old paprika can really lose its flavor over time.
6. Vegan Hungarian Goulash
You might be surprised to see a vegan recipe on this list, as goulash is so often associated with beef. However, you’ll be pleasantly shocked by how delicious this recipe from The Vegan 8 is. For this vegan-friendly dish, you’ll only need eight ingredients which are onions, red bell peppers, garlic, tomatoes, red potatoes, broth, red wine, and paprika. You won’t miss the meat at all in this dish and will have a healthy and rich goulash that can be enjoyed by anyone.
7. American Goulash
Eating Well shares this American goulash recipe, which is also sometimes known as an old-fashioned goulash. Kids and teens are sure to love this dish, and it’s a budget-friendly family dinner. The pasta that’s included in the recipe cooks by itself in the sauce and the best thing about this dish is that it uses just one pot! You’ll appreciate not having to do much washing up after eating your delicious dinner, unlike other complex goulash recipes that require multiple pots and pans. This recipe requires just thirty minutes to cook, so it’s perfect for those busy weekday nights when you don’t want to spend hours working away in the kitchen.
8. Paprika Chicken Goulash
For another great chicken goulash recipe, try out this juicy dish from Olive. It’s a quick and easy one-pot meal featuring plenty of paprika flavor. This paprika chicken goulash is best served with either pasta or rice and is ideal for a simple midweek dinner. The other great thing about this recipe is that it’s low in calories, yet your family will feel like they are getting a hearty and filling meal. This recipe creates four portions and requires minimal hands-on time or skill in the kitchen.
9. Cheesy Beef Goulash Bake
If you are looking for something a little different from traditional goulash, consider this goulash bake from Taste. It’s the perfect combination of two of my favorite dishes; beef goulash and a cheesy pasta bake. This recipe will quickly become one of your family’s most-requested dinners, and you won’t mind as it requires little time in the kitchen to prepare. You’ll need about ten minutes to prepare and assemble the dish, before putting everything into the oven for fifty minutes before serving.
10. Keto Beef Goulash
For a keto-friendly beef goulash, check out this recipe from The Keto Summit. It’s a simple one-pot dish that you can either serve by itself or with cauliflower rice. If you like to meal prep at the start of each week, this is a great recipe to add to your list, as it can be frozen and then defrosted when needed. With just fifteen minutes required to prep everything, you’ll appreciate how little effort is needed to create this dish, while still being able to accommodate anyone in your family following the keto diet.
11. Grandma’s Easy Goulash Recipe
During the fall or Halloween season, this easy goulash from Family Fresh Meals is the perfect recipe to serve to your whole family. This recipe takes about forty minutes to cook, with only ten to fifteen minutes of that being the final cooking time. Combining beef, noodles, and cheese, you’ll have a rich and filling dinner that kids and adults alike are sure to enjoy. The recipe suggests using a deep skillet, but if you don’t have one at home, just use a large pot or a Dutch oven instead.
12. Vegetarian Goulash with Butter Beans
Vegetarians don’t have to miss out on their favorite warming winter comfort food, thanks to this vegetarian goulash with butter beans from The Last Food Blog. This dish is packed with vegetables and creates a hearty meal that the whole family will enjoy. It does take a little while to prepare, but it’s well worth it! The butter beans add extra protein to the dish, but you can substitute them for cannellini beans if you prefer. It’s the ideal meal to prep at the start of a busy week and can be reheated when you need dinner in a rush one evening.
13. Pork Goulash
This pork goulash is a traditional Romanian dish that will help to add some variety to your regular beef recipe. Compass and Fork shares this authentic recipe which can be served with pasta, rice, or mashed potato for a complete meal. For a truly Romanian experience, serve your pork goulash with polenta, which is a gluten-free side. This recipe requires just thirty minutes of prep time and then takes two hours to cook. You’ll then have six hearty portions of this delicious dish ready to serve to your family and friends.
14. Goulash Soup
For a slightly thinner alternative to your classic goulash, try out this goulash soup from Delicious. There’s nothing better in the cold winter months than a warming bowl of soup, and this recipe combines all of the flavors you would expect from a goulash dish. Your goulash soup will be filled with tender beef, and then you’ll add red wine vinegar, beef stock, chopped tomatoes, and button mushrooms to create a vegetable-filled soup. Serve it with a slice or two of crusty bread for a complete lunch or dinner.
15. Bavarian Beef Goulash with Munich Dunkel
You might not think about adding lager into your beef goulash, but after trying this recipe from Craft Beering, you’ll never return to your old ways again! The caramel notes of this German dark larger help to increase the flavor and add a unique base to this dish. This is a similar recipe to one that you would expect to see at a German beer hall or during Oktoberfest. German goulash is very rich and thick, and by selecting a German dark lager, you’ll enjoy an authentic experience when cooking this dish.
You’ll no longer have to churn out your same beef goulash every time you’re craving a stew in winter, thanks to this selection of goulash recipes. Vegans and vegetarians can still enjoy this traditional winter dish, and now you’ll be able to create a goulash that the whole family will be sure to enjoy. It’s the perfect meal for the colder months, and I can’t wait to share these recipes with my family and friends and keep surprising them with these exciting new variations on one of my favorite dishes!