This Vegan Hungarian Goulash is similar to traditional, but with a vegan twist. This is a meatless goulash, but I promise you won't miss it. It is hearty, savory and with a touch of red wine to give it a truly delicious deep flavor.
You all should know by now that I'm all about comfort food on this blog....but in a healthier way. You know, Garlic Alfredo, Classic Vegan Noodle Soup, Smoky Sweet Potato Black-Eyed Pea Soup, Chili Cheese Fries, Big Time Vegan Mexican Burrito Bowl. Get the idea? One of my passions when creating recipes is to take classics and give them my vegan twist and take away the unhealthy parts of the recipe, while still keeping that amazing flavor.
This Vegan Hungarian Goulash is one of those recipes. It's all about the paprika.
Now, unfortunately, the classic way of Hungarian Goulash has of course been Americanized like so many dishes. Americans turned Hungarian goulash into a pasta dish and often adding a bunch of cheese. This is not the classic way and honestly I don't even think a bunch of pasta really goes either. Just my opinion. It's basically similar to a stew with some richly flavored broth, a very saucy broth. Although it's not traditional, I like this goulash over white rice, too.
VEGAN HUNGARIAN GOULASH
So, today is most like the classic Hungarian version with my own way of cooking and flavor desire, and of course, without the meat. This goulash is so hearty and chunky and filling that you will be happily stuffed. All without any unhealthy ingredients and it's totally oil-free.
The flavor, omg, the flavor is incredible. It's very savory and loaded with flavor. Not mild in any way, shape or form. Classic Hungarian goulash is notably all about paprika and lots of it. I used legit Hungarian paprika here. The flavor is fresher and dynamic. You of course can use regular paprika, but the flavor is not going to be the exact same, so do yourself a favor and order the Hungarian. It's really delicious. Since this goulash is meatless, I wanted to try to add some extra flavoring to give that savory flavor that meat gives, so I added a touch of red wine. Not a ton, but enough to deepen the flavor. I initially tried this with 1/2 cup of red wine and found the wine flavor to be too pronounced, so 1/4 cup was better.
As usual, you will only need 8 ingredients for this recipe (+ salt/pepper) and it's ready in less than an hour:
- red bell peppers
- red potatoes
- low-sodium veggie broth
- Hungarian paprika
- red wine
I hope you all really love this recipe! Let me know what you think below in the comments! Also, a reminder, if you signed up for the Plant-based Cooking Summit that I mentioned in last week's post, then tomorrow is my day for the video interview! I'm looking forward to seeing what I said...since I don't really remember all too well, LOL!