Goulash is a meat and vegetable stew that's seasoned with paprika. You should try goulash if you ever get the chance to visit Hungary, where it's one of the national dishes.

The Hungarian word for this delicious dish is gulyáshús, from gulyás, "herdsman," and hús, "meat." Historically, goulash was a stew cooked by shepherds using lamb or beef. The paprika came later, but today it's a vital part of an authentic goulash. North Americans sometimes use the word for a mixture of beef, macaroni, and tomato sauce, but true goulash is spicy and thick — and it definitely doesn't include macaroni.

Definitions of goulash
  1. noun
    a rich meat stew highly seasoned with paprika
    synonyms: Hungarian goulash, gulyas
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    beef goulash
    meat is browned before stewing
    pork-and-veal goulash
    made with sauerkraut and caraway seeds and served with sour cream
    made of lamb or pork
    type of:
    food prepared by stewing especially meat or fish with vegetables
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