This vegan Hungarian goulash (gulyás) is flavorful, comforting, hearty, very tasty, and perfect as a weeknight dinner, especially in fall and winter! The recipe is vegetarian (meat-free), oil-free, gluten-free, and easy to make. Serve this plant-based stew over mashed potatoes, with bread or pasta!
Have you ever tried vegan goulash? My parents are from the Czech Republic (which isn’t too far away from Hungary) and they made goulash quite often in the past. Because I loved this dish when I was little, I decided to create my own vegan version.
And here it is! A plant-based goulash which is very delicious and comforting. If you are a fan of paprika, you should definitely give this recipe a try!
I love this recipe because it is:
- A great vegan weeknight which can be combined with different side dishes.
- It’s flavorful, comforting, hearty, and very delicious.
- Easy to make with simple ingredients
What Is Goulash?
Per Wikipedia: Goulash (Hungarian: gulyás [ˈɡujaːʃ]) is a stew or soup of meat and vegetables usually seasoned with paprika and other spices. Originating in medieval Hungary, goulash is a popular meal predominantly eaten in Central Europe but also in other parts of Europe.
It is one of the national dishes of Hungary and a symbol of the country… Goulash can be prepared from beef, veal, pork, or lamb…
In Hungarian cuisine, traditional “Gulyásleves” (literally “goulash soup“), “bográcsgulyás“, pörkölt, and paprikás were thick stews made by cattle herders and stockmen…
Of course, I didn’t add beef or any other meat. I added my own twist and even though my version isn’t traditional, it’s still very delicious and flavorful.
How To Make Vegan Hungarian Goulash?
This recipe is very easy to make. You only need one pot, a stove, and easy accessible ingredients.
- Soak textured soy protein in water for about 10 minutes (check the recipe below for a soy-free version).
- Meanwhile, chop veggies + potatoes and heat a skillet over medium heat.
- Add water (or oil) and saute the onion with the peppers for about 3-4 minutes.
- Add carrot, garlic, potatoes, tomatoes, all spices, tomato sauce, bay leaves, and water (or veggie broth) and bring the mixture to a boil.
- Let simmer for about 15 minutes, then add the textured soy protein, soy sauce, and balsamic vinegar.
- Cook for a further 20 minutes or until the potatoes and veggies are softened.
- Finally, add coconut milk (or your favorite plant-based cream, e.g. oat cream) and stir.
- Taste and adjust seasoning. Add more salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, etc. to taste.
- Serve with bread, pasta or over mashed potatoes.
- Store leftovers covered in the fridge and reheat with a splash of water in a pan/skillet.
Health Benefits Of Paprika
Did you know that paprika has many health benefits? It’s packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. I found an amazing article with 6 great facts about paprika! I am going to share some facts with you:
1.) Rich in Antioxidants
Perhaps the most impressive quality of paprika is the amount of antioxidant power it packs in just one serving…
2.) Aids in Treatment for Autoimmune Conditions
A groundbreaking study conducted in 2016 found that capsaicin, the ingredient in chili peppers and other hot varieties that provide the heat — like paprika — may have incredible power against autoimmune conditions…
3.) May Help Treat and Prevent Cancer
The capsaicin found in spicy paprika isn’t useful in treating just one type of disease — it also has great potential in treating and/or preventing cancer…
4.) Potentially Useful in the Treatment of Diabetes
Like many nutrient-rich foods and spices, paprika seems to have the potential to help regulate blood sugar levels and assist in treating diabetes…
5.) Good for the Eyes
Because of the large amount of antioxidants present in this spice, such as vitamin A, lutein and zeaxanthin, it’s already clear that paprika benefits you by helping prevent diseases that damage your eyes…
6.) Keeps Your Heart Strong
Spicing up your life with paprika helps keep your heart and cardiovascular system in good shape. Vitamin B6 helps lower high blood pressure and heal damaged blood vessels…
For more information, check out this article.
This vegan goulash recipe contains lots of healthy ingredients, such as onion, peppers, garlic, tomatoes, carrot, potatoes, and many spices. Check the recipe card below for all ingredients and measurements!
If you want to make the recipe soy-free, simply leave out the textured soy protein and add, for example, 3 cups of cooked beans or lentils instead (add them 5 minutes before the cooking time is up).
The textured soy protein (you can use soy curls) add a lot of plant-based protein, however, legumes are also rich in protein, so you can vary the recipe to your liking.
How To Serve Vegan Goulash
My parents used to make traditional Hungarian goulash (with beef) and they often served it with bread. I think that’s most common in the Czech Republic and in Slovakia. Americans love to serve American goulash with pasta, for example, elbow noodles or macaroni which for sure is tasty as well!
I prefer eating this hearty stew over mashed potatoes. It may sound weird, but you really have to give it a try and once you do, you will fall in love. Trust me! I also love eating vegan meatballs over mashed potatoes. 🙂
This Vegan Hungarian Goulash recipe is:
- 100% oil-free
- A great weeknight dinner
- Easy to make with simple ingredients
Should you try out this delicious vegan goulash recipe, please leave a comment and rating below and don’t forget to tag me in your Instagram or Facebook post with @elavegan and #elavegan because I love to see your remakes! 🙂
If you like comfort food, definitely also check out the following vegan recipes:
- Mushroom Stroganoff
- White Bean Soup
- Vegan Butter Chicken
- Corn Chowder
- Creamy Pasta Soup
- Roasted Red Pepper Pasta
- Easy Lentil Stew
- Sweet Potato Curry
- The Best Lentil Soup
- Rice And Bean Casserole
- Roasted Cauliflower Soup
- Oil-Free Chickpea Curry
- Vegan Gumbo