Goulash Soup has ground beef, roasted red peppers, cabbage and plenty of paprika, and this soup is delicious and low in carbs!
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This Goulash Soup that has ground beef, roasted red peppers, and cabbage with two kinds of paprika is a favorite soup recipe I’ve been making for many years. I love Hungarian flavors, and if you use Hungarian paprika this recipe is reminiscent of Hungarian Gulyas but without potatoes and other higher-carb veggies.
And I’m of the opinion that lots of paprika is essential in a soup like this! And of course I love cabbage, so the added cabbage in this soup is just a plus for me! If you’re not such a cabbage fan, Instant Pot Goulash Soup has similar flavors without the cabbage, and that one also uses lots of paprika!
What ingredients do you need for this recipe?
- Minced Garlic (affiliate link)
- olive oil
- Sweet Hungarian Paprika (affiliate link)
- hot Hungarian Paprika
- crushed caraway seed (optional)
- homemade beef stock or canned beef broth
- Better Than Bouillon Beef Base (affiliate link) or other beef flavor base
- canned diced tomatoes
- cabbage, or use coleslaw mix
- lean ground beef
- Roasted Red Peppers in a jar (affiliate link)
- sour cream for serving, optional but highly recommended
How to save time when making Goulash Soup:
When we made this soup recently to improve the photos, I hit upon the idea of using package coleslaw mix instead of cabbage. That made the work of chopping up the cabbage a bit faster!
What kind of Paprika did I use?
I used both sharp and sweet paprika in the soup and I prefer Szeged Paprika (affiliate link), but any Hungarian paprika will be good. You can probably get by with only sweet paprika, especially if you’re making it for kids; maybe add a pinch of cayenne pepper if you only use sweet paprika.
Want more soups with Cabbage?
Check out Low-Carb and Keto Soups with Cabbage for more tasty soups like this one!
How to make Goulash Soup:
(Scroll down for complete printable including nutritional information.)
- Chop the onion. Heat olive oil in the soup pot and cook onions for about 2 minutes or until they are starting to brown, then add Minced Garlic (affiliate link) and cook about 2 minutes more.
- If you’re using the optional caraway seed, grind it a bit with a mortar and pestle or crush with a heavy mallet or knife. Add the paprika and caraway seed to the browned onions and garlic and cook a minute or two more.
- Add ground beef to soup pot and cook until it’s nicely browned.
- Add beef stock or broth to the soup pot, then add tomatoes, cabbage or cole slaw mix, and water to the soup pot and start to simmer.
- Let the soup simmer 30-40 minutes.
- Then drain the Roasted Red Peppers (affiliate link) and chop into pieces, then add to the soup.
- Taste for seasoning, and add more paprika if needed.
- Let soup simmer another 30-40 minutes.
- Serve hot, preferably with sour cream added at the table.
- This soup freezes especially well, and I’d love to pull a container of it out of the freezer on a cold night!
More Recipes with Roasted Red Peppers:
- Sausage and Peppers Casserole
- 30-Minute Spicy Red Fish Stew
- Slow Cooker Frittata with Kale, Red Pepper, and Feta
- Pasta Salad with Sausage, Zucchini, Olives, and Peppers
- Roasted Green Beans and Red Peppers
Weekend Food Prep:
This recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!
This low-carb Goulash Soup has ground beef, roasted red peppers, cabbage, and two kinds of Hungarian Paprika, and this soup is really delicious and low in carbs!
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 T finely minced garlic
- 1 T olive oil
- 2 T sweet Hungarian Paprika
- 1 T hot Hungarian Paprika (or less, to taste)
- 1/2 tsp. crushed caraway seed (optional)
- 6 cups homemade beef stock (see notes)
- 2 T beef flavor base, preferably Better than Bouillon
- 2 14.5 oz. cans diced tomatoes (see notes)
- 3 cups finely diced cabbage (see notes)
- 1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
- 1 12 oz. jar roasted red peppers, diced into 1 inch pieces
- sour cream for serving; optional but highly recommended
- Heat large soup pot, add oil, and cook chopped onions about 2 minutes, until barely starting to color.
- Add garlic and saute 2 minutes more, then add paprika (and caraway if using) and saute 1 minute more.
- Add ground beef to pot and cook until beef is nicely browned.
- Add beef stock and beef flavor base to soup pot. Add canned tomatoes, cabbage and 2 cups water to soup pot and start to simmer.
- Let the soup simmer on very low heat for 30-40 minutes.
- Taste for seasoning and add more paprika if desired. I personally think you can never have too much paprika in a soup like this.
- Then add diced red peppers and simmer about 30-40 minutes more. Serve hot, garnished with sour cream if desired.
- This freezes very well.
I'm a fan of Szeged Paprika (affiliate link) but any Hungarian paprika will be good in a soup like this.
If you don't have homemade beef stock just use 5 cans of beef broth, 14 oz. each and a bit of water.
Recipe created by Kalyn.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 217Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 360mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 20g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This flavorful Goulash Soup is good for low-carb diets. If it’s made with lean ground beef and served with low fat sour cream, this is a great soup for any phase of the original South Beach Diet.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was posted in 2006! I have made it many times for my annual soup party on New Year’s Day. It was updated with better photos and more information in 2021 and updated again with more information in 2022.
64 Comments on “Goulash Soup”
Your recipe says it yields 6 servings, and the nutritional information says 8. Which is accurate.
Oh man, I HATE it when I make mistakes like this. Eight servings is correct. I will fix it right now. Thanks for letting me know.
Made this tonight and was very leary. But it was so good!!! Made the stove top version, added diced celery, 2 C diced cabbage and only 2 T smokey paprika. Topped with a few sprinkles of grated parm. Will definitely make again!
So glad you enjoyed it!
This soup recipe looks so good! I so love soups as this makes me hungry. Thanks for sharing this recipe by the way!
I’m new to soup making. When you say 2 T paprika, is that 2 tablespoons?
Yes, in my recipes T = tablespoon and tsp. = teaspoon.
Good luck with the soup!
This soup is perfect! I’ll absolutely try this one tomorrow. Perfect!
No worries Kalyn…never enough soup recipes…for the cool and rainy NW…;o)
Yes, that’s true iately as well!
This is one of the best soups ever.
I like to make it with cubed up beef instead of ground.
For the last batch I was lazy and used already cut up stir fry beef and a jar of roasted red peppers that were already cut in strips.
The only thing I had to cut was the onions and the cabbage.
Talk about convenient.
To me the flavor of the paprika and peppers is what makes this dish.
So glad you are enjoying it; love how you made it so easy!
This soup/ghoulash was absolutely exceptional without a doubt. I love your recipes, thank you for sharing and all you do!
Thanks Carolyn; so glad you enjoyed it!
Planning to make this but I am confused about – 1 T – 1 tablespoon?
I can't wait to try it. Thank you!!
Yes T = tablespoon and tsp. = teaspoon. Hope you enjoy!
Thanks so much for this. I used some Czech Guláš spices my daughter brought to us for Christmas, and it worked out well (it's a mixture of paprika and salt and other spices I need to translate. It's a great recipe – for those interested, mine made 10 cups at about 150 calories per cup. Delicious, filling and warming at this time of year.
Ann, so glad you enjoyed it. And I am intrigued by the sound of that spice mix!
Would you freeze this after everything has been cooked? Or before simmering for the hour?
Good question! If I knew I was planning to freeze I think I'd add the peppers and just simmer 10-15 minutes and then freeze it. Then simmer for a few minutes when you reheat the soup.
Nurse Jen, so glad you enjoyed it And I'd never object to adding cumin, love it!
Only a year late! This is amazing, Kalyn. Would have never suspected such simple ingredients could be so good. I used all hot paprika and 1-2 t cumin because I love the combination. Thanks again! Nurse Jen in NYC
Stellagram, wishing you the best of luck with that goal, and I hope my recipes will be helpful. You can do it!
Thank you, Kaylyn. I appreciate the prompt response. Hubby and I are hoping the South Beach diet can help us lose a combined 150 pounds, so I think I will be a regular visitor to your site!