Beef Paprikash

  • 15MINS
  • 8HR
  • Serves 4
  • 354KCAL

Beef Paprikash is a classic Hungarian beef stew, and this is our slimming friendly, Weight Watchers and calorie counting friendly version.

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories354
  • Carbs17g
  • Protein48g
  • Fat9g
  • Saturates4.1g
  • Sugars9.2g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

This recipe is perfect for throwing in the Instant Pot or slow cooker in the morning, so it’s ready for dinner!

If you prefer you can use diced chicken breast instead of beef. We had some cooked chicken left over from the day before so we added that a couple of hours before the end of cooking.

If you’re looking for a Low Point meal then this recipe is perfect, and packed full of flavour!

Just remember to add any points on for whatever you choose to serve it with.

Serve with rice, noodles or potatoes, and plenty of vegetables.

What diets is this Beef Paprikash suitable for?

This Beef Paprikash recipe can be made dairy free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for dairy free versions:

  • Reduced Fat Sour Cream

Please make sure to double and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Beef Paprikash?

You don’t need any special ingredients to enjoy this recipe.

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Easy to make, I made it on the hob rather than the slow cook
This is absolutely gorgeous, I used hot sweet paprika, for my taste I used more than the recipe.

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How many calories are in this Beef Paprikash?

There are 354 calories per portion in this Beef Paprikash, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment.

This Beef Paprikash is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Place the onions in the bottom of the slow cooker.

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Step 2

Toss the beef with the flour and season well with salt and pepper. Place on top of the onions.

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Step 3

Top with the bell peppers and garlic.

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Step 4

Stir together the stock, paprika, tomato puree and caraway seeds and pour over the beef.

Step 4

Step 5

Cover and cook on high for 4 to 5 hours or on low for 7 to 8 hours, until the meat is very tender.

Step 6

Uncover and let stand at least 10 minutes. Stir in the sour cream and parsley.

Step 6

Step 7

Check the seasoning, and add more if necessary.

Step 8

Serve with rice, noodles or potatoes.

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What should I serve with Beef Paprikash?

Savoury Rice
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Dirty Rice
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Spicy Potatoes
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Fondant Potatoes
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How do you know when this Beef Paprikash is cooked?

The ingredients should be covered and cooked on high in the slow cooker for 4-5 hours, or on low for 7-8 hours, until the meat is very tender. Uncover and let stand for at least 10 minutes before stirring in the sour cream and parsley.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Beef Paprikash in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Beef Paprikash in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze Beef Paprikash?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

How do I reheat Beef Paprikash?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.

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Beef Paprikash

Beef Paprikash is a classic Hungarian beef stew, and this is our slimming friendly, Weight Watchers and calorie counting friendly version.
  • Prep Time
    15 MINS
  • Cook Time
    8 HR
  • KCals 354
  • Carbs 17G


  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 800 g diced steak
  • 2 peppers red or yellow, deseeded and chopped roughly
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 250 ml beef stock made with 1 beef stock cube
  • 2 tbsp sweet paprika
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 25 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds crushed
  • 2 tbsp reduced fat sour cream
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

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  1. Place the onions in the bottom of the slow cooker
  2. Toss the beef with the flour and season well with salt and pepper. Place on top of the onions
  3. Top with the bell peppers and garlic
  4. Stir together the stock, paprika, tomato puree and caraway seeds and pour over the beef
  5. Cover and cook on high for 4 to 5 hours or on low for 7 to 8 hours, until the meat is very tender
  6. Uncover and let stand at least 10 minutes. Stir in the sour cream and parsley
  7. Check the seasoning, and add more if necessary
  8. Serve with rice, noodles or potatoes.

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See what others have to say

bigfootsmamMonday 10th April 2023

This was easy to make but we found it a little bland. Will make it again but add more spice.


    SharonMonday 17th April 2023

    Hi Susie, we’re pleased you found this recipe easy to make but sorry it wasn’t quite to your taste. Thanks for sharing your feedback with us and hope you have better success next time.


Natalie HillWednesday 16th March 2022

Love all your recipes and thank you for sharing them with us
Just wondering if you have ever thought about doing a slow cooker cook book ??
I use my slow cooker at least 5 days a week and definitely buy it


    HollyMonday 21st March 2022

    Hey Natalie, Thanks so much for your message we are so glad to hear you enjoy our recipes. We do try to include multiple methods where possible for our recipes and we have a slow cooker conversion article HERE to help you convert your own. I will pass on your feedback!


Bobbie ManningSaturday 29th May 2021

Well this was a delicious surprise, not a goulash, not a stroganoff but a lovely hybrid. Definitely having this again.


    HollyTuesday 1st June 2021

    Hey Bobbie, so glad to hear you enjoyed the Beef Paprikash!


Laura AinscoughSunday 9th May 2021

Would it be ok to use horseradish in place of sour cream ?


    HollyMonday 10th May 2021

    Hey Laura, we haven’t tried this recipe using horseradish sauce instead of sour cream it may alter the flavour slightly but should still work. Let us know how you get on.


CaitlinWednesday 14th April 2021

Is 354 calories just for the beef mixture or is that including the noodles/rice/potatoes that is suggested to serve with it?
This looks amaaaazing!


    HollyFriday 16th April 2021

    Hey Caitlin, the nutritional information is for the beef only this is so you can choose and accompaniment to go with it, hope that helps!


LauraMonday 15th March 2021

If I was to do this dish with chicken instead of beef would you recommend beef stock or chicken stock? Thank you


    HollyMonday 22nd March 2021

    Hi Laura, we haven’t tried this recipe with chicken so the flavours may be a little different but beef or chicken stock should work fine, hope that helps!


CatherineSunday 28th February 2021

What weight is a serving portion?


    HollyMonday 1st March 2021

    Hi Catherine, We work out our recipes on the serving size not by weight. To work out your own weight of a serving you would need to make the finished dish and divide into servings, as the weight will vary due to variation of ingredients and water content it’s not something we can do as an exact measure. If you scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of the page on the website there is a little arrow by servings and you can alter up or down to serve more or less people. Hope that helps!


Sandra ClarkeMonday 1st February 2021

How long would you cook it in a pressure cooker? I wanted to do this tonight and don’t have so much time to slow cook it. Thank you.


    HollyMonday 1st February 2021

    Hi Sandra, we have an article for how to convert recipes to the Instant Pot HERE which is full of tips and advice plus a time conversion chart. Hope that helps!


SallyWednesday 20th January 2021

Can this be cooked on the hob or in the oven?
I don’t have a slow cooker but love the sound of this dish.
Thanks and keep up the amazing work.
I love all of your recipes.


    LisaWednesday 20th January 2021

    Hi Sally
    Yes, this should be fine cooked in the oven or hob. You may need to add a little extra liquid to account for extra evapouration. We have an article here on the website that has a handy conversion chart that might help you figure out timings.


AshleighTuesday 5th January 2021


What type of diced steak would you recommend please?



    SharonWednesday 6th January 2021

    Hi Ashleigh, as this recipe is cooked slowly, with liquid and for a long time, you can use one of the cheaper cuts of beef such as stewing steak or braising steak. Supermarkets sell packs of ready diced beef often labelled as ‘casserole beef’ or simply ‘diced beef’. These would be suitable for this dish. Do hope this helps.


      AshleighMonday 11th January 2021

      Thank you, that helps 😊xx

      SharonMonday 11th January 2021

      You’re welcome.

GemmaTuesday 16th June 2020

What is the correct calorie count of this meal as it has a different value in the text than in the other part. Its in the slow cooker now- looking forward to teatime tonight!


    SharonTuesday 16th June 2020

    Hi Gemma, thankyou for pointing out this typo, this recipe is 354 calories. We have updated the website to correct this. Sorry for any inconvenience caused and hope you enjoy your meal later!


TammyWednesday 10th June 2020

I don’t have caraway seeds, is there anything else I could use?


    SharonThursday 11th June 2020

    Hi Tammy, if you don’t have caraway seeds, you could use fennel seeds instead. Hope this helps and that you enjoy making this recipe.


    CherylannMonday 9th October 2023

    if you dont have caraway seeds like i didnt you can use fennel seeds


SandraWednesday 10th June 2020

when will you be launching a new cook book (not the new food Planner) which I will be getting.


    Steve CowderoyTuesday 23rd June 2020

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Paula DrummondThursday 30th April 2020

Do you have to add the sour cream?


    LisaWednesday 6th May 2020

    You can leave it out if you prefer, or substitute it for creme fraiche, or Greek yogurt. Hope this helps!


Kelly WatsonSaturday 7th March 2020

Which book is this in please


    Holly LevellTuesday 19th May 2020

    Hi Kelly, this is one of our website recipes be sure to check out similar recipes under the Weekly Indulgence recipe category!


RebeccaMonday 6th January 2020

How long would you need to do this in the instant pot?


    HollyThursday 17th September 2020

    Hi Rebecca, This recipe is perfect for throwing in the Instant Pot or slow cooker just follow the instructions on the recipe card!


WillTuesday 3rd April 2018

Can this be adapted to instant pot?


    AlisonTuesday 25th February 2020

    Did this in the instant pot tonight and was lovely, after browning 8 mins


      LisaFriday 22nd May 2020

      Thank you, Alison. So glad you enjoyed it.

Julie paesMonday 19th March 2018

Made this as per the recipe,. found it went dry after 4 hours, added 250ml more stock, again after a further two needed more stock as dried out. not sure what I did wrong ???? Any help would be appreciated.


Lindsey stablesWednesday 5th July 2017

This was absolutely gorgeous!!! I added chillies for an extra kick x


MR BN TaylorWednesday 28th June 2017

This sounds like a lovely little dish in fact I’m going to head off to the shops now to get some sour cream and make this one tonight. Thanks Kate


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