Goulash is a rustic stew or soup made made with beef and vegetables, and usually seasoned with paprika. Goulash originates in Hungary and in many variations remains a popular recipe throughout Eastern Europe.
Goulash can also be made with veal, pork or lamb in addition to beef. But no matter what kind of meat is used, goulash is best prepared with tougher cuts of meat which become tender when cooked with slow, moist heat, a technique known as braising.
Although it has many variations, goulash is a simple dish. While goulash ingredients can include parsnips, carrots or tomatoes, goulash can really be made from nothing but beef, onions and paprika. Some goulash recipes include caraway seeds and garlic.