13 Hungarian Classics: Recipes for an Authentic Taste

Hungarian cuisine is famous for its robust spices and rich flavors, with paprika taking center stage in many of the traditional dishes. This vibrant spice is used in meaty stews, vegetable-laden goulashes and meat dishes and has been a staple of Hungarian cooking for centuries. Paprika’s popularity can be traced back to its introduction to Hungary in the 16th century, where it quickly became a much-loved spice.

The influence of Turkish/Ottoman culture is notably significant in shaping Hungarian culinary traditions. Moreover, Hungary’s flavorful and hearty dishes, particularly its use of paprika and certain cooking techniques, have spread to the broader Eastern and Central European regions too.

Hungarian Mushroom Soup

A big bowl of creamy Hungarian mushroom soup with mushrooms and fresh dill.
Photo Credit: The Peasant’s Daughter.

Your new favorite mushroom soup! Paprika and sour cream with fresh dill make this a unique and comforting recipe.

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Chicken Paprikash With Spaetzle (Paprikás Csirke)

Chicken paprikash on top of spaetzle or nokedli on a plate with a dollop of sour cream on the side.
Photo Credit: The Peasant’s Daughter.

Hungarian chicken paprikash is a beloved dish, with tender chicken smothered in a creamy paprika sauce. It’s a classic comfort food that’s rich, creamy, and full of flavor. This recipe is a huge family favorite at my house, and I love making this with spaetzle as a side — although mashed potatoes are also wonderful.

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Székelykáposzta or Szegedin Goulash

A shallow and ornate white bowl full of Segedinsky gulas and tender pork shoulder pieces with sauerkraut.
Photo Credit: The Peasant’s Daughter.

This recipe coms from my Slovak mother-in-law and is very popular in Czech and Slovak cuisine where they call it Segedínský Guláš. The origins though are Hungarian and they refer to it as Székelykáposzta or Szegedin Goulash. The recipe is the same regardless: tender chunks of pork shoulder in a rich and creamy sauce flavored with paprika and sauerkraut. It’s delicius.

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Lángos (Hungarian Fried Bread)

A piece langos fried bread covered in a creamy garlic sauce and smothered in shredded cheese.
Photo Credit: Recipes from Europe.

Lángos is a beloved Hungarian street food that consists of deep-fried dough, resulting in a golden, crispy delight. It’s typically topped with garlic, sour cream, and cheese for a simple yet indulgent treat.

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Chicken Goulash

A big bowl Chicken goulash with chicken pieces in a red sauce.
Photo Credit: Corrie Cooks.

Chicken goulash is a comforting Hungarian stew featuring tender chicken pieces simmered in a rich and flavorful paprika-infused broth. It’s a hearty and satisfying dish that captures the essence of Hungarian cuisine.

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Paprika Chicken Recipe

A pan of paprika chicken recipe with a red sauce.
Photo Credit: Healthy Recipes 101.

Paprika chicken is a classic Hungarian dish, known for its luscious and smoky paprika sauce that coats tender chicken. It’s a savory and robust chicken dish that embodies the heart of Hungarian flavors.

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Rakott Krumpli Hungarian Layered Potatoes

Layered potatoes in a baking dish.
Photo Credit: Krumpli.

Rakott Krumpli is a layered potato casserole with ingredients like sliced sausages, boiled eggs, and sour cream. It’s a comforting and filling dish that’s easy to prepare.

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Instant Pot Hungarian Goulash

Instant Pot Hungarian Goulash served over noodles.
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This Instant Pot version of Hungarian goulash offers a convenient twist on the traditional dish. It features tender chunks of beef in a savory, paprika-spiced sauce, perfect for busy days.

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Instant Dutch Oven Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

A plate of stuff cabbage rolls filled with seasoned beef, vegetables, and rice.
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These stuffed cabbage rolls offer a taste of Hungary with a mixture of ground meat and rice wrapped in tender cabbage leaves, then simmered in a flavorful tomato sauce. It’s a satisfying, one-pot dish.

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Hungarian Pork Tenderloin with Potatoes (Brassói Aprópecsenye)

Crispy potatoes with pork tenderloin, bacon and garlic on a plate.
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Brassói Aprópecsenye is a Hungarian comfort food dish, featuring tender pork tenderloin and potatoes cooked together with a rich paprika-based sauce. It’s a hearty, homey meal.

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Beigli: Hungarian Nut & Poppy Seed Roll

A sliced of Beigli walnut and poppy seed roll in a plate.
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Beigli is a Hungarian pastry roll filled with sweet poppy seed or nut filling. It’s a popular dessert often enjoyed during the holiday season and is known for its delightful combination of flavors and textures.

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Pörkölt (Hungarian Stew)

A plate of porkolt Hungarian stew with egg noodles.
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Pörkölt is a traditional Hungarian stew that offers a flavorful combination of meat, onions, and paprika. It’s a comforting and hearty dish embodying Hungarian cuisine’s essence.

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Hungarian Style Beef Goulash

A bowl of saucy hungarian beef goulash with bread and spoon in a pan.
Photo Credit: Saving Room for Dessert.

Hungarian-style beef goulash is a savory and robust stew featuring tender beef simmered in a paprika-infused broth. It’s a classic Hungarian dish celebrated for its bold flavors.

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Traditional German Recipes

A brown bowl full of thick stew with meatballs, sauerkraut, and vegetables. Sour cream is served on the side in a separate bowl next to a basket of sourdough bread.
Photo Credit: The Peasant’s Daughter.

See my German recipes for more meal inspiration.

Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes

A slow cooker full of a pink, creamy tomato sauce and fresh basil smothering chicken.

More easy dinner ideas: 19 Delicious Slow-Cooker Chicken Recipes That Save Time.

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