How To Make Incredibly Delicious German Goulash 😋

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When you think about goulash, the first thing you think of probably isn’t German food. However, Goulash is a popular member of German cuisine too – in a delicious way.

Goulash is generally associated with Hungary. However, it’s a common dish you’ll see throughout German with its own regional twists and turns. It’s definitely something you should try when you are traveling in Germany, and you can also try it right now at home!

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Learn all about it, including its history, how it became part of German cuisine and how to make it with a delicious recipe, below!

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History Of Goulash (And How It Made Its Way Into German Cuisine)

Goulash has an intriguing history that traces back to the 9th century in Hungary, where it was originally crafted by shepherds. Known as “gulyás,” which means herdsman in Hungarian, the dish was a simple, hearty stew made with beef, onions, and various spices that could be easily prepared over an open fire.

The portable nature of the dish made it a staple for nomadic herdsmen who needed sustenance while tending their flocks. Over time, the recipe evolved to incorporate paprika, an essential Hungarian spice, which was introduced in the 16th century. This addition gave goulash its distinctive, rich flavor and vibrant color, turning it into the iconic dish known today.

Goulash made its way into German cuisine in the 19th century, largely due to the movements of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which facilitated cultural and culinary exchanges among its diverse populations. The appeal of goulash in Germany was rooted in its hearty and satisfying nature, well-suited to the German palate.

German cooks began to adapt the recipe, sometimes incorporating local ingredients or altering the seasoning to suit regional tastes. Specifically, in regions such as Bavaria and Saxony, goulash became a staple, often served with potatoes, spätzle, or bread dumplings.

This incorporation of goulash into German cuisine underscores the dynamic and evolving nature of culinary traditions, where the exchange of ideas and ingredients across borders enriches and diversifies regional food landscapes.

German Goulash Recipe

Ready to have some German Goulash now?!

In the video below, you’ll find out exactly how to make your German Goulash for a yummy dinner tonight.

You’ll primarily need some beef, onions, garlic, paprika, caraway seeds, and red wine.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe as much as me and had a delicious meal.

Want to learn more about German food? Find our guide to 7 quick German dishes you can make now here and learn how to make Jägerschnitzel here. You can also find all our German food articles here.

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