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Hungarian Meat Free Gulyás (Goulash) - Vegetarian Recipes

Updated on January 13, 2014
A classic Hungarian Goulash, sans meat
A classic Hungarian Goulash, sans meat | Source
Paprika! | Source

Goulash - The most famous Hungarian dish

Of all the Hungarian dishes most people have tried, the Goulash (Gulyás) is probably the best known. This take on the classic recipe replaces the meat with a tasty vegetarian meat substitute and maintains the delicious, earthy and tangy flavors of the paprika, tomatoes, onions and more to create a wholesome, warming and filling stew.

You can enjoy this goulash on its own or with pumpernickel or rye bread.

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: Serves 3 - 4 people

Serves as...

  • Excellent, classic Hungarian main course
  • Hot buffet centerpiece

Equipment needed

  • Standard kitchen measures
  • Sharp kitchen knife
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Pot

You can serve goulash with noodles, green beans, bread, pasta or rice
You can serve goulash with noodles, green beans, bread, pasta or rice | Source


  • 2 lbs Meat free beef substitute, e.g. Gardein beefless tips or 'beef' strips from Morningstar Farms
  • 1 large can Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 Onion, large, sliced
  • 1 clove Roasted garlic, diced / crushed
  • 1 Green pepper, diced (optional)
  • 1 Potato, large, small cubes
  • 1 cup Carrots, diced
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 1 tbsp Caraway seeds
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • Pinch Salt & pepper, to taste
The tomatoes and paprika give the goulash its characteristic color and flavor
The tomatoes and paprika give the goulash its characteristic color and flavor | Source


  1. Briefly cook the meat free beef substitute in a little oil; remove the meat free beef to a paper towel
  2. Place the flour in a saucer and drag the meat free substitute through it to cover it
  3. Add the meat substitute, tomatoes, garlic, paprika and caraway seeds to a pot, cover and simmer for about half an hour; keep an eye on the mixture and if it is too thick, add a little water
  4. Taste the mixture and if necessary add a little more paprika
  5. Add the onion, pepper, potatoes and carrots, cover and simmer for another half an hour
  6. Serve, traditionally with green beans, noodles or pumpernickel bread

Nutritional information (Apx)

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 600 g
Calories 445
Calories from Fat135
% Daily Value *
Fat 15 g23%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Unsaturated fat 12 g
Carbohydrates 51 g17%
Sugar 12 g
Fiber 20 g80%
Protein 40 g80%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 623 mg26%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Nutritional analysis

Vitamins & minerals

Vitamin A: 163%; Vitamin C: 175%; Calcium: 10%; Iron: 35%

Good points

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Cast your vote for Meat free Hungarian Goulash

This most classic of Eastern European dishes, the Hungarian Goulash should be delightful, and its cruelty free and very healthy too, which makes it even better! Please do let us know of your success with this recipe, and try out some of our other Hungarian inspired dishes.

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If you’re a vegetarian, please do check the labels of any ingredients that you purchase to make sure that they don’t contain animal products or byproducts. This could include animal enzymes, rennet, gelatin etc.


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    • Paul Maplesden profile image

      Paul Maplesden 3 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Glenn, thanks for the kind words. I can attest that the recipe is delicious, particularly if you use good Hungarian paprika!

    • Glenn Stok profile image

      Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Hungarian Goulash is actually a favorite of mine, maybe because I used to have it as a child growing up. It was one of my mother's dishes. But now I stay away from meat products, so I was glad to find your hub Paul.

      A meat free beef substitute that would work well with this is Smart Ground by Lightlife. I'll have to try making your vegetarian version of it. I'm also pinning your hub to my "healthy eating" board.

    • Paul Maplesden profile image

      Paul Maplesden 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Sheri, let me know if you try it and how it tastes!

    • Sheri Faye profile image

      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Great hub....I would love to vegetarian but my Hubby won't even consider it. Pinned onto my cooking board!

    • Paul Maplesden profile image

      Paul Maplesden 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thanks very much for the kind words! Do try the goulash out and let me know what you think.

    • MindbodyandFood4u profile image

      MindbodyandFood4u 4 years ago from Ohio

      All your recipes sound delicious. I love cabbage! Thanks for the vegetarian versions!