There are many different goulash recipes that can be adapted to be vegan. We found seitan to be the best meat substitute. This recipe calls for a dark lager beer like the German Schwarzbier. We really enjoyed the recipe and will be having it more often over the cold months.

Schwarzbier goulash

Serving Size: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. seitan, cut in bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 quart dark lager beer, e.g. Schwarzbier
  • 2 cups vegetable bouillon or seitan cooking broth
  • 1 lb. onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegan margarine
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoons sweet paprika powder
  • pinch cayenne powder or chili pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Schwarzbier goulash
Directions:

  • Chop the onions.
  • Cut the seitan in bite sized chunks.
  • Melt the vegan margarine in a large frying pan.
  • Add the chopped onions and saut√© until glassy.
  • Add the seitan pieces and mix well.
  • Mix 1 tablespoon of the tomato paste with 1 cup of vegetable broth or the seitan cooking broth and add to the seitan onion mixture.
  • Mix gently to cover all the the onions and seitan.
  • Mix the 2nd tablespoon of tomato paste with 1 cup of the dark beer and add to the goulash mixture.
  • Add the sweet paprika powder and a pinch of cayenne or chili pepper flakes.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • As the goulash cooks, you will want to add a bit more of the beer to make more of a sauce.
  • Mix 1/2 cup of the vegetable broth with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch.
  • Add this mixture to the goulash and stir.
  • When the sauce has become clear and thick, the meal is ready to be served.

Notes:

We enjoyed the goulash with vegan German bread dumplings called Semmelknödel. The goulash would also be good with boiled potatoes or on noodles.