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AIP Beef ‘Goulash’ Recipe

Louise | September 22
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This satisfying spin on beef goulash is the perfect new edition to your autoimmune protocol. I’ve swapped out paprika for turmeric for an Asian-inspired take on a classic. It’s so good you won’t even notice the tomatoes are gone in this flavorful stew.

Rethinking a Classic

As the nights begin to cool, there’s nothing better than a hot and hearty stew for dinner. This dish is a staple in Hungary and once you try it, I think it will be a staple in your home too.

Most stews have a tomato base so when I set out to make a stew that would work for me, I had to get creative. Replacing the quintessential, smokey flavor of paprika wasn’t easy – it’s not really a goulash without paprika.

So instead of trying to build the same goulash, I decided to reinvent it. I looked to other types of stew for inspiration and hit gold with Indian curry (just another form of stew after all!).

The turmeric plays well with all the vegetables we packed into this dish while keeping it lighter than your average stew.

A Goulash for AIP

With a few simple swaps, you can have a goulash that’s ready for AIP:

  • turmeric for a new flavor instead of paprika
  • ditch the tomatoes
  • arrowroot powder to thicken the gravy if desired

And one of the best things about this stew? You can customize it to work for you!

Add your favorite vegetables or simply use whatever you have lying around. It’s delicious on its own or served over cauliflower rice or mashed cauliflower.

AIP Beef Goulash Recipe #aip


AIP Beef ‘Goulash’ Recipe

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 60 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Lunch, Dinner
  • Cuisine: Hungarian


  • 4 Tablespoons of avocado oil (60 ml)
  • 1 medium onion (110 g), peeled and chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic (12 g), peeled and chopped
  • 1 lb of beef roast (450 g), diced
  • 10 white button mushrooms (100 g), quartered
  • 2 carrots (100 g), diced
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric (2 g)
  • 1 cup of bone broth (240 ml) (see recipe here)
  • 2 Tablespoons of fresh parsley (2 g), for garnish
  • 1 Tablespoon arrowroot powder (optional), to thicken the sauce
  • Salt to taste


  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan and add the onion and garlic. Cook until softened. Add the beef cubes and brown the beef until slightly caramelized. Add the mushrooms and carrots and cook for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add the beef stock and reduce the heat to very low. Partially cover the pan with a lid and simmer gently for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally. You may need to add a dash or two more water to prevent the mixture catching.
  3. Cook until the meat is tender and check the consistency of the sauce. If it has not thickened sufficiently, remove the lid and increase the heat slightly until the sauce is thick enough.
  4. You can also add some arrowroot powder at the end to thicken the sauce more.  Add salt to taste.
  5. Serve over cauliflower rice or mashed cauliflower and garnish with chopped parsley.


All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.


  • Calories: 452
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Fat: 38 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 20 g
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