ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Hungarian Food - Beef Ragout (Marhatokány)

Updated on October 18, 2012

Hungarian Beef Tokany (Ragout)

Beef Ragout (Tokány)
Beef Ragout (Tokány)
Hungarian Food
Hungarian Food
Beef Stew with Dumplings
Beef Stew with Dumplings
Beef Stew
Beef Stew
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Hungarian Food

Cast your vote for Beef ragu (marhatokany)


Beef Ragout (Marhatokány)


The four pillars of Hungarian cuisine are gulash, paprikash, porkolt and tokany. For further details on the other three pillars, please visit those hubs.


What we would call ragout is called tokany in Hungary. Tokany was developed by Hungarians living in Transylvania (which is now a part of Romania but was once a part of Hungary). The name tokany comes from the Romanian word tocana which means ragout.


The main differences between tokany and porkolt , which is Hungarian stew, are that tokany is drier, has meat cut in strips rather than cubes, and is seasoned with marjoram or just black pepper in place of paprika,


Tokany is usually made with beef or lamb, but veal, chicken and even game are used. The recipe that I have included here is made with beef, but the method of cooking can easily be applied to other meat.




Preparation Time:

60 Minutes

Cooking Time:

1 Hour



2 Lbs. of Beef Chuck or Sirloin

4 Ounces of Bacon

1 Large Onion coarsely chopped

1 Large, ripe tomato peeled and chopped

2 Cloves of Garlic peeled and finely chopped

8 Oz. of Mushrooms, washed and sliced in thirds

1 Tablespoon of Butter

1 Cup of Dry White Wine

½ Teaspoon Dry Marjoram

1 Teaspoon Salt

Pepper to taste

8 Oz. Sour Cream

1 Tablespoon of Flour


Preparation and Cooking Instructions:

  1. Cut the beef into strips 3 inches long by ½ inch thick like French fries
  2. Blanch the tomato for 60 seconds in boiling water and quickly cool it in cold water. You should them be able to easily peel it with a sharp knife and coarsely chop it too.
  3. Render the bacon in a large frying pan or Dutch oven. Then add the onions and wilt over low heat
  4. Deglaze with ½ cup of water, then add the beef, garlic, tomato, marjoram, salt, pepper and the cup of wine and simmer over low heat about 1 hour until the meat is fork tender. You can add a little water if it gets too dry.
  5. About 15 minutes before the meat is ready, sauté the mushrooms in 1 tablespoon of butter and add them to the meat.
  6. Finally, stir the flour into the sour cream and add it to the mixture. Bring everything just back to a simmer and serve immediately.
  7. Serve with galuska, gnocchi or small potato dumplings


Beef Ragu Video

Transylvania (Cluj- Napoca, Romania)

Budapest, Hungary:
Budapest, Hungary

get directions

Transylvania- Cluj-Napoca, Romania:
Muzeul de Istorie, Strada Constantin Daicoviciu, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

get directions


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)