Venison Goulash Recipe

Venison Goulash Recipe
For a fresh twist and a surefire success on date night, give this venison goulash recipe a try. You won't be disappointed, and hopefully neither will your date.

This Venison Goulash Recipe is an easy, one-pot classic dish everyone will love

Traditionally a Hungarian dish, goulash is a hearty classic.

Serves: 6
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 4 hours


  • 2-pound venison leg, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • ¼ pound smoked bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 ½ tablespoon hot paprika, preferably Hungarian
  • ¼ teaspoon dried ground thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 4 whole allspice berries
  • 4 juniper berries
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 small tomato, cored and chopped
  • ½ green bell pepper, cored, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 cup red wine, preferably Merlot
  • Salt
  • 6 medium Yukon gold potatoes (about 2 pounds), peeled and cut into wedges (lengthwise)
  • ¼ cup butter, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6-8 slices crusty white bread


  1. Put venison and vinegar into a bowl; cover with boiling water.
  2. Put bacon into a large pot over medium heat; cook until crisp, 6-8 minutes. Add onions and cook until softened, 6-8 minutes.
  3. Drain venison; add to onions. Increase heat to medium-high and cook until just browned, 8-10 minutes. Stir in 1 cup water, paprika, thyme, mustard, allspice, juniper, garlic, tomatoes, and peppers; reduce heat to medium-low.
  4. Simmer, covered, until venison is just tender, about 2 hours.
  5. Uncover pot, add wine and salt to taste. Cook until venison is very tender and liquid has thickened, about 1 ½ hours more.
  6. Put potatoes into a pot; cover with salted water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until soft, 10-12 minutes. Drain potatoes and toss in a bowl with butter and parsley. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve venison goulash with potatoes and bread.
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