Hungarian Goulash

When was the last time anyone had goulash? I remembered this old recipe from the Orange Betty Crocker Cookbook from the 1980’s that my parents had purchased for me, as I had just moved into the first home of my own. I made this goulash recipe, which I remember was on page 25, and I made it and gave some of it to my dad. He loved it! He said it brought back memories for him as his mother used to make a similar recipe for their young family.

This week as I was considering what flavors I was hungry for. I remembered how the paprika and other components had a unique flavor that is accomplished once it all comes together. I decided to see what I could do to find the original recipe since I had purged many of my old books prior to a long distance relocation, I found it ! Exactly as it was written. I changed it up when I made it and I have indicated those changes in the recipe too! We had a little buttered bread on the side. A nice big glass of cold milk would have been good too since we always had a glass of milk with our dinner meal.

READY IN: 3hrs (45 mins) SERVES: 6-8 3-4 UNITS: US


  • 14 cup shortening
  • 2 1 lbs beef chuck or beef round steak, cut into 1 inch cubes lean organic ground beef
  • 1 cup medium sliced onion
  • 1 2 garlic clove, minced
  • 14 cup catsup (I used a healthy choice, I purchased as I don’t keep it on hand anymore)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 12 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 dash red cayenne pepper
  • 1 12 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 14 cup water
  • 3 1 1/2 – 2 cups hot cooked noodles


  • Melt shortening in large skillet.
  • Add beef, onion and garlic; cook and stir until meat is brown and onion is tender.
  • Stir in catsup, Worcestershire, sugar, salt, paprika, mustard, cayenne and 1 1/2 cups water.
  • Cover; simmer 2 to 2 1/2 hours. 30 mins. is sufficient!
  • Blend flour and 1/4 cup water; stir gradually into meat mixture.
  • Heat to boiling, stirring constantly.
  • Boil and stir 1 minute.
  • Serve over noodles.
  • To freeze: Assemble as directed. Cover and freeze.
  • To serve: Thaw in the fridge. Re-heat, covered at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

Nutrition provided from original recipe!

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