Many years ago there was a bakery in my hometown that made Goulash...When I grew up at my house we called goulash a macaroni noodle dish with tomato sauce and hamburger....The town bakery called Goulash a spicy, flavorful beef stew....the most wonderful stew you have ever eaten...we did not have much money at that time in our lives but we would sometimes splurge on a bowl of Goulash and a big piece of Black Forest Cake...This recipe is very reminiscent of the wonderful goulash from the favorite bakery....you could absolutely add any other vegetable and red peppers to this dish...red chili pepper flakes would 'kick it up a notch'....make it your own!
1 pound beef chuck roast trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
8 tablespoon paprika
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 onions chopped
6 cloves garlic
1 cup of red wine
1 Guinness beer
3 cups of beef broth
1/2 cups all purpose flour
Dry the beef with paper towels and then season with 1 tablespoon of paprika and salt and pepper. heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a 12 inch skillet over medium high heat until just smoking. Brown half of the beef about 10 minutes, then add to the slow cooker. Return the skillet to medium high heat and repeat with 2 more tsp oil and remaining beef.
Add the remaining 2 tsp oil to the empty skillet and heat over medium heat until the oil is shimmering. Add the onions, and remaining paprika, tomato paste and 1/2 tsp salt. Cook until vegetables are softened about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for 15 seconds. Stir in the wine and scrape up any bits and browned pieces and cook until reduced by half ...add to the crock pot...add everything to the crock pot...add the whole potatoes, carrots and beer and beef broth...give a big stir and cook on high for 7 hours...or 9-10 hours on medium...
After 7 hours take out the potatoes and cut in half...add 1/2 cup beef broth and 1/2 cup of flour (can use gluten free all-purpose flour) and stir into the sauce in the crock pot....add the potatoes back in and cook for approximately 30 more minutes...taste and adjust any seasoning...
beef browned and ready to go...
put in crock and add beer....
add onion wine mixture (house smells heavenly) and beef broth....
give a good stir...put on the lid and go rake leaves!
7 long hours later....cut reds in half....add the flour and beef broth mixture...give a great stir...put the lid back on cook another 30 minutes (just enough time to set the table and make a salad)...
It is seasoned perfectly and ready to go!
This is the best comfort food money can buy! Large chunks of beef, great gravy, carrots and potatoes....Heaven!!!
Cheers to Happy !!