Hungarian Beef Stew

Hungarian Beef Stew

The first snowflakes are showing up on my little-not-so-little handheld device weather app.

Old Man Frost showed himself on windshields and windows on my morning run yesterday.

My 17-year old son is starting to move through the house making Nordic ski motions. (He waits all year for ski season.)

Winter a cometh!

As the weather turns towards winter, so my stockpot and Instant Pot turn to making more stews and soups. This past week I made a very comforting, hearty Hungarian Beef Stew. Here is my version. Hungarian Beef Stew is a perfect comfort food dish and a nourishing option for colder days. Spiced with smoked paprika and full of tender stew meat.


Hungarian Beef Stew

Hungarian Beef Stew

  • Author: Melanie


Inspired by Sarah Fragoso’s Everyday Paleo Hungarian Stew. Includes alternative directions for cooking the stew meat in the Instant Pot.



  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 pounds beef (or lamb) stew meat
  • 2 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch rounds
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 tablespoons smoked paprika (no that isn’t a typo!)
  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds
  • 6 ounces tomato paste (Bionaturae or Jovial)
  • 6 cups beef (or chicken) stock
  • 2 cups peeled & diced winter squash (I used butternut)
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste


  1. In a large stock pot, heat the coconut oil over medium heat
  2. Add the stew meat & brown for 5-7 minutes
  3. OPTIONAL INSTANT POT ALTERNATIVE: Brown the stew meat on the Saute’ setting in Instant Pot, and then cook stew meat for 25 minutes on Stew setting in the Instant Pot w/ 3 cups of the meat stock, then add to the stockpot with other ingredients when all the vegetables are completely cooked
  4. Add carrots, onion, & garlic to the browned stew meat, and cook for 10 minutes
  5. Add the paprika & caraway seeds and mix well
  6. Cook for another 5 minutes
  7. Pour in the tomato paste & beef stock, mix well, & bring to a boil
  8. Turn the heat down so that the stew is just at a simmer & cook uncovered for 1 hour
  9. Add the diced winter squash & cook for another hour (If doing OPTIONAL ALTERNATIVE skip steps 8 & 9 and add squash in after tomato paste & beef stock & simmer for 30 minutes before adding stew meat)
  10. Season with sea salt & black pepper

Hungarian Beef Stew

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