Pörkölt Recipe; Tasty Hungarian Stew

Pörkölt is one of the well-known Hungarian dishes. Pörkölt, also known as Peur-keult, is a Hungarian red meat stew made by braising meat and simmered with onions in a tomato-based sauce. It’s served warm, over noodles, and it’s really delicious. To make this tasty Hungarian stew, stay with Cooking County.

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How to Make Pörkölt?


  • 4 slices thick bacon 
  • 1 large onion 
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic 
  • 1 large tomato
  • 250 grams stewing beef 
  • 4 tablespoons sweet Hungarian paprika 
  • ½ teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon caraway seeds 
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Water as needed
  • Oil as needed


Step One

To make Pörkölt:

  1. Chop the bacon into small pieces.
  2. Take a large pot, pour oil into it, and fry the bacon.
  3. Wash the onion, chop and add it to the pan containing the bacon and fry it on medium heat until golden.

Step Two

Wash bell pepper and garlic well, then chop and add to the rest of the ingredients. Bell pepper makes the Pörkölt smell better. Fry the ingredients for another two minutes until they are well cooked.

Step Three

Take the beef, wash it well and cut it into medium cubes. Then add it to the pan containing onion, bell pepper, and garlic and fry for 3 to 4 minutes until it turns brown. Add the paprika ingredients, fry for another 1 minute, and then turn off the flame.

Note1: we do not want the meat to be completely cooked at this stage.

Note2: Hungarian Paprika is sweet paprika and can be found at the grocery store or on amazon. If you have hot paprika, note that the flavor will change slightly. So, If you are using hot paprika, add a few paprika to the stew.


Step Four

Add chopped tomatoes (or tomato paste), salt, pepper, caraway, and bay leaf to the pot and stir well until all the ingredients are mixed.

Step Five

Add water to the ingredients until it covers half of the stew (not all). Put the pot back on the flame with high heat until it reaches the boiling temperature. After it starts to boil, cover the pot, reduce the heat and let it cook for 90 minutes.

preparing porkolt

Note: If the Pörkölt was not thick enough, boil it for a few more minutes until it thickens, and then put the lid on it.

How to Serve Pörkölt?

Your stew Pörkölt is ready. This dish is often served with noodles in Hungary; if you don’t like it, you can serve it with rice and enjoy.

Pörkölt stew

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