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Hungarian Goulash with Pork and Sauerkraut

Creamy Hungarian Goulash (Szekelygulyas) recipe with pork and sauerkraut and plenty of sweet Hungarian paprika, finished off with sour cream.

Pot of hungarian pork goulash with sauerkraut.

The cold winter months, especially after the holidays, call for long-simmering braises and stews.  Yes, the definition of comfort food right there.  I'm partial to Hungarian and Czech dishes, mainly from my background and my dad's cooking.  When I came across this recipe years ago, it immediately spoke to me and practically jumped off the page ~ I knew I had to make it.

A recipe for Hungarian Goulash with Pork and Sauerkraut, all my favorite flavors in a one-pot delicious winter stew.  Along these lines, here are two other faves this time of year ~ Chicken Paprikash and Sweet-and-Sour Beef Cabbage Soup.  Just sayin'

Pork and sauerkraut goulash in serving bowl with boiled potatoes.

A traditional Hungarian goulash is made with beef and lots of paprika.  Then there are versions with pork, and even sausage.  And then there are creamy versions that add sauerkraut and sour cream (Szekelygulyas or Segedinsky Gulyas) ~ this is that one.

Ingredients displayed in large pan.

Essentially, we're braising beef chuck and pork shoulder in onion and lots of paprika, then adding the sausage and sauerkraut.  When all is tender, it goes in the refrigerator overnight before reheating and finishing it off with sour cream the next day ~ plan accordingly, it really does make a difference.

Ready to cool overnight before finishing with sour cream.

The creamy, tangy gravy is just sublime and so good over simple boiled potatoes or egg noodles.  I caught Meathead dipping a very large spoon into the pot, several times, while it was finishing on the stove ~ I had to swat his arm away.  Hungarian Goulash with Pork and Sauerkraut, now that's some winter comfort food sure to please the whole family.  Best, Kelly🍴🐦

In serving bowl with boiled potatoes.

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Pork and sauerkraut goulash in serving bowl with boiled potatoes.

Hungarian Goulash with Pork and Sauerkraut

Creamy goulash with beef, pork, sausage and sauerkraut and lots of Hungarian paprika.
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Hungarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 609kcal


  • ¾ lb Hungarian sausage (smoked with paprika, like kolbasz), sliced cross-wise in ½-inch rounds ~ or other smoked sausage like kielbasa
  • lbs boneless beef chuck, cut in 1½-inch pieces
  • lbs boneless pork shoulder, cut in 1½-inch pieces
  • cup bacon drippings or vegetable oil ~ I prefer the bacon fat, use that if you can
  • 4 lbs yellow onions, finely chopped (about 4 large onions)
  • cup sweet Hungarian paprika
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika ~ I added a little smoked paprika to make up for the fact I used Polska Kielbasa because I couldn't find Hungarian smoked sausage
  • 1 lb sauerkraut, drained (but not rinsed)
  • 3-4 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade, just enough to cover mixture
  • 4 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • Snipped chives, optional, for serving


  • In large skillet, fry sausage rounds until lightly browned on both sides.  Remove to paper towel-lined plate and set aside.  Add half the beef and pork to the same skillet and brown all over, about 4-5 minutes a side.  Transfer browned meat to a plate.
  • In large enameled cast-iron Dutch oven, heat bacon fat and then add onions.  Cook over moderate heat until softened and very lightly browned, about 10-12 minutes.  Sprinkle the paprika(s) over the onions and stir and cook for 5 more minutes.
  • Stir in the beef and pork pieces, sauerkraut, bay leaves, thyme and enough stock to just cover the meat/sauerkraut mixture (3 to 4 cups).  Bring to boil, cover and reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.
  • Add the smoked sausage and continue simmering, covered, until the beef and pork are very tender, about another hour.  Season with salt and pepper and let cool.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Reheat the goulash until very hot, remove bay leaves.  Stir in one cup of sour cream and heat until warmed through.  Check for salt and pepper, sprinkle with chives and serve, with egg noodles or boiled potatoes and extra sour cream on the side.

Recipe Notes

The dishes I grew up on usually had some caraway seed in them, especially my mom's sauerkraut.  You certainly could add some here, along with the paprika.


Calories: 609kcal Carbohydrates: 31g Protein: 37g Fat: 38g Saturated Fat: 15g Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g Monounsaturated Fat: 16g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 143mg Sodium: 828mg Potassium: 1194mg Fiber: 7g Sugar: 14g Vitamin A: 2515IU Vitamin C: 26mg Calcium: 137mg Iron: 5mg
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*Adapted from Food&Wine, 2002


5 from 7 votes (3 ratings without comment)
Recipe Rating


Sunday 20th of February 2022

I should say, I normally don't ever comment on recipes. I've been using this recipe for years. I always have to use this goulash recipe. My family knows this dish well, thanks to this recipe. It's amazing, and a lovely treat to eat. And I'll be coming back here for years to come! Thank you!

Jared Johnson

Saturday 13th of November 2021

This is probably the best recipe I have ever used...


Wednesday 17th of November 2021

Aww, so glad you liked it, Jared!

Michael Hallam

Sunday 27th of October 2019

Excellent recipe. Caraway is a must, not optional, giving it that extra dimension. Thank you n


Sunday 27th of October 2019

Glad you liked it. Agree on the caraway and my parents used it all the time in dishes like these. Not optional for me either!


Sunday 26th of February 2017

It may be the world's best. After years of drought we're having a cool, wet winter here, and it's been an adjustment. I thought the Goulash would be the ticket for a cold winter evening. Stupendous! was one of the words used to describe it. Really, really good. There was that sort of reverent silence you get when people are tucking into something really delicious.


Sunday 26th of February 2017

Aw, thank you. There is something so comforting about this dish. We love it, in fact, I still have some in the freezer (it freezes quite well). We will be pulling that out this chilly week. Glad you all liked it.


Saturday 18th of February 2017

the world's best goulash!