Trieste Goulash – Goulash Triestino, a delicious beef stew

I made this dish some time ago but never posted it on my blog so I decided to post it now.

My mum used to make it so many times and I grew up with it. It is very simple to prepare but you need to cook it slowly for about 2 hours. You could also make it in advance and let the flavours marry for a bit.

Trieste, the capital of Friuli-Venezia Giulia  was part of the Austro-Hungrarian Empire prior to the end of World War I so it is home to this dish. Trieste is only 1 hour away from my hometown and it is the easternmost spot in the northern part of Italy on the Slovenian border.

A beautiful seaside city, worth visiting if you are in the area.

Trieste, Italy

Trieste Goulash – Goulash Triestino, a delicious beef stew

By 02/06/2015

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 2h 00 min



For a really tasty stew don't choose meat that's too lean. It needs to have some fat.

Slice the onions finely and stir fry them over a low heat with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Turn the heat on, add the beef and brown the meat for a couple of minutes.

Dissolve the paprika in a bowl with a little water and pour it over the meat.

Add the tomato sauce, the salt and the herbs which you can tie together with a string if you like.
Cook over a low heat with the lid on for about 2 hours until the meat is tender. Add a little hot water from time to time if you find that the stew is becoming too dry.

Serve with polenta, potatoes or rice.

Beef Goulash Trieste Style

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15 Responses to Trieste Goulash – Goulash Triestino, a delicious beef stew

  1. gloria

    Look delizioso Alida!
    Un bacio!

  2. Mary

    I have been so looking for a recipe like this

  3. Mary

    Oops i was not finished with my comment.
    Just want to thank you so much for posting this today, i have found many yummy recipes on your site and love them all 🙂

    • Alida

      Thanks so much Mary, I am really pleased! 🙂

  4. Louise

    Thank you for bringing yet another memory back to me – Trieste! Beautiful, clean city surrounded by so much history and amazing scenery. As I’ve mentioned to you in the past, it is about an hour away from my mother’s hometown of Monfalcone.
    I can’t wait to try your recipe and will thank my late mom for passing her heritage to me.
    Hugs and thanks, Alida!

    • Alida

      Oh I am pleased you like this. I have always loved it when my mum used to make it. A proper hearty and warming dish this is!

  5. Elisabetta

    Real comfort food. I’ll make this to accompany the last bit of polenta in my larder. Yummy!

    • Alida

      I agree. Polenta is the best!!

  6. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    What kind of beef did you use for this goulash? It looks really saucy and tender.

    • Alida

      Hi Angie,
      This was stewing beef. You can ask your butcher but usually in supermarkets they sell this type of meat already cut into cubes for stews. Always better if it is marbled, so not too lean.

  7. speedy70

    Conosco questa ghiottissima preparazione, che bontà, bravissima!!!!

  8. la cucina di Molly

    Adoro questo piatto, sei stata bravissima nel prepararlo, immagino che profumino! Un abbraccio!

  9. B.G. Thomas

    Hello there! I was wondering if I could use your recipe in the little novel I am working on. I would like to reprint it at the back so people can see how to make it if they wish! I am so excited!

    • Alida

      Hello! Yes that will be fine but please can you credit me.
      I come from Friuli near Slovenia and my sister is also married to a Slovenian, your novel will be very interesting. All the best!

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