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Hungarian Beef Gulyas Soup

Hungarian Beef Gulyas Soup!

Learn how to make delicious Hungarian Beef Gulyas Soup - a family and Polonaise Restaurant favorite! Full recipe and video!

Gulyas Video!

Freely use this recipe for your enjoyment, but please do not republish.


Yields: 3-4 qts.
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1½ cups diced onions
  • 1 large or 2 small garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried marjoram leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Hungarian paprika, sweet
  • 1 lb. trimmed boneless chuck, ¼- ½ inch cubes
  • 2 cups boiling hot water
  • 2 cups diced potatoes set in 2 cups cold water
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • ¼- ½ teaspoon pepper


  1. Saute onions in oil until tender. Add garlic, paprika and marjoram. Cook one minute more.
  2. Add beef and water, bring to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
  3. Add the potatoes (with the water) and carrots, bring to a boil and simmer until vegetables are almost tender (15-20 minutes).
  4. Add tomatoes and 2 cups water, bring to a boil and cook for a couple of minutes. Add more water if necessary.
  5. Mix cornstarch with the ¼cup cold water and add to the soup while boiling. Bring to a boil and simmer for one more minute, stirring often.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Serve with a dollop of fresh sour cream and top with chives or scallions!
  • You can use more diced tomatoes and/or thicken with tomato paste and omit cornstarch.
  • Can substitute (the very) hot Hungarian paprika for the ground pepper.

Happy Soup Making!

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