Beef goulash is a thick beef stew and can be served with a variety of side dishes like rice, noodles, potatoes, or others. Beef goulash is especially delicious when served with mashed potatoes. The recipe is kid-friendly and kids usually love this dish.
Using grass-fed beef and organic potatoes would be best. Do not use milk to make mashed potatoes, as mixing milk and meat in one meal is not advisable (fermented milk/sour milk is okay). I loved this beef goulash served with greens and kimchi (Korean spicy fermented cabbage).
Beef Goulash with Mashed potatoes
- Grass-fed Beef – 1 lb (or 0.5kg)
- Onion – 1 pc
- Carrot – 1 pc
- Organic Tomato paste – 1 tsp
- Dried Bay leaf – 1 pc
- Sea salt – about 1/2 tsp
- Organic All-purpose Flour or Potato starch – 1 Tbsp
- Ghee / Coconut oil / Avocado oil – 1-2 Tbsp
- Filtered water – about 1 cup + 1/2 cup
- Whole Back peppercorns – 3 pearls (optional)
- Sour cream – 1 Tbsp (optional)
How to make beef goulash:
- Cut the beef in smaller pieces. You can cut the meat thin if you want to cook the beef goulash faster.
- Stir fry the cut beef in ghee or other healthy oil slightly.
- Add chopped onion and carrot, mix and cover the lid. Let it cook for about 5 minutes on low-medium heat.
- Then add 1 cup of water. The water should cover the meat slightly, so you can adjust the amount of water accordingly.
- Bring it to boil, and cover the lid again. Cook until the beef is soft. It usually takes 1 hour or more, but not less. The meat is different, so the cooking time varies too. Check the readiness of the meat with a fork or knife.
- When the meat is soft, add sea salt, pepper pearls. and the bay leaf. Cover the lid again and cook for 10 minutes more.
- Mix 1/2 cup of filtered water, 1 teaspoon of tomato paste, 1 tablespoon of organic all-purpose flour or potato starch, and optional sour milk. Mix well with a fork, so that there are no lumps.
- Slowly pour the tomato paste and water mixture on the cooked beef constantly mixing the goulash. The goulash will start to thicken immediately, that’s why it is important not to stop mixing so it won’t stick to the bottom.
- Cover the lid and cook for 5-10 minutes more.
- Check the beef goulash after 5 minutes. If the goulash is too thick or the water evaporated quickly, add more water until desired thickness.
- Beef goulash is ready!
How to make mashed potatoes for beef goulash:
- Boil potatoes in water until soft.
- Drain the excess water, but keep some water on the bottom of the pan with cooked potatoes. Keep some water in a separate bowl in case the mashed potatoes are too dry and need some more water.
- Mash the potatoes with a potato masher immediately not letting it cool.
- Add butter and sea salt for taste. Mashed potatoes are delicious with butter!
- Serve immediately.
- I garnished my mashed potatoes with some saffron petals and black pepper.