Soulful Gulyás


Soulful Gulyás

Soul-Warming Gulyás: A Hearty Twist on a Hungarian Classic

In the realm of soul food, we bring you a comforting adaptation of the traditional Hungarian dish, Gulyás. This soulful rendition combines the rich flavors of Hungarian cuisine with the heartwarming essence of soul food. Get ready to indulge in a bowl of tender meat, aromatic spices, and soul-satisfying goodness.

Jan Dec

20 minutes

1 hour

1 hour and 20 minutes

4 servings


Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Low-carb, High-protein, Paleo-friendly


Vegetarian, Vegan, Keto, Nut-free, Egg-free


While the original Hungarian Gulyás is typically made with beef, this soul food adaptation incorporates the use of smoked turkey for a unique twist. Additionally, we have enhanced the flavors by adding a touch of smoky paprika and a hint of sweetness with caramelized onions. These modifications infuse the dish with soulful elements while still paying homage to its Hungarian roots. We alse have the original recipe for Gulyás, so you can check it out.


  • Calories (kcal / KJ): 380 kcal / 1590 KJ
  • Fat (total, saturated): 12g, 2g
  • Carbohydrates (total, sugars): 25g, 8g
  • Protein: 40g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Salt: 2g


  1. 1.
    Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and cook until caramelized, stirring occasionally.
  2. 2.
    Add the minced garlic, smoked paprika, dried thyme, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper to the pot. Stir well to combine and cook for an additional minute.
  3. 3.
    Increase the heat to medium-high and add the diced smoked turkey. Cook until browned on all sides.
  4. 4.
    Pour in the chicken broth and water, then add the diced potatoes, sliced carrots, diced green and red bell peppers, diced tomatoes, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir to combine.
  5. 5.
    Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and simmer for 1 hour, or until the turkey is tender and the flavors have melded together.
  6. 6.
    Serve the soulful Gulyás hot, garnished with chopped fresh parsley.

Treat your ingredients with care...

  • Smoked turkey — Ensure the turkey is diced into bite-sized pieces for even cooking and maximum flavor absorption.
  • Smoked paprika — Use high-quality smoked paprika to enhance the smoky flavor profile of the dish.
  • Diced tomatoes — Opt for canned diced tomatoes for convenience, but feel free to use fresh tomatoes if preferred.
  • Worcestershire sauce — Look for a gluten-free Worcestershire sauce if following a gluten-free diet.
  • Fresh parsley — Chop the parsley just before serving to maintain its vibrant color and fresh taste.

Tips & Tricks

  • For a spicier kick, add a pinch of cayenne pepper or a diced jalapeño to the pot.
  • Serve the Gulyás with a side of cornbread or crusty bread to soak up the flavorful broth.
  • Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for future enjoyment.
  • Feel free to customize the vegetables based on your preferences or what's in season.
  • If you prefer a thicker stew-like consistency, mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water and stir it into the Gulyás during the last 10 minutes of cooking.

Serving advice

Serve the soulful Gulyás in deep bowls, allowing the rich broth to envelop the tender smoked turkey and vegetables. Garnish each bowl with a sprinkle of freshly chopped parsley for a pop of color and freshness.

Presentation advice

To elevate the presentation, serve the Gulyás with a dollop of sour cream on top and a sprinkle of smoked paprika. Accompany the dish with a slice of cornbread or a warm baguette for a complete soulful experience.