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simple German goulash with chives in saucepan

The Best German Goulash without Tomatoes

The perfect one pot meal!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine German, Italian
Servings 6 portions
Calories 285 kcal


  • 450 g Beef diced in chunks of similar size
  • 450 g Onion thinly sliced
  • 450 g Bell Peppers diced in cubes of similar size
  • 1 tablespoon Paprika
  • 2 tablespoon Oil Sunflower, or Extra Virgin
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Start by chopping the beef chuck, peppers, and onions to the desired sizes and set them aside. You can find the beef precut or get it cut by the butcher.
  • Warm up the oil in a large saucepan, for which you also have a lid, and add the onion to it.
  • Mix the onions well and put a lid on the saucepan while reducing the heat to medium-low; allow the onions to soften but not burn. This should take around 5 minutes.
  • Add the diced beef to the onions and mix well; brown the beef on all sides.
  • Next, add the peppers to the beef and onion; mix well and cover the pan with a lid. This step will allow the peppers and onions to release their juices and create a delicious gravy base for the German Goulash.
  • After about 10 minutes, once the vegetables have released the water, add the paprika, salt, and cracked black pepper to the saucepot and mix.
  • Lastly, add enough water to cover the beef, but do not add too much of it; cover the pan again and allow this easy Goulash recipe to simmer for 2 hours on a low flame.
  • Adjust the seasoning before serving. Enjoy!



This Goulash can be made milder or spicier by adjusting the level of spices; feel free to add some caraway seeds or marjoram too.
To turn this recipe into a Gulashsuppe, you can add some more water; should you prefer, feel free to use some beef stock, beer or wine instead.
To store your Goulash, allow it to fully cool down before storing it in the fridge in an airtight container; the beef stew will keep well this way for up to four days.


Calories: 285kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 14gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 56mgPotassium: 474mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 2398IUVitamin C: 103mgCalcium: 36mgIron: 2mg
Keyword German Goulash, German Goulash without Tomato
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