Luxurious recipes for meatless vegetarian stews not only for vegetarians. Get inspired!

You don’t even have to be a fan of a vegetarian diet to occasionally prefer meatless dishes.

Try our goulash recipes without meat 5 different ways!

You will be surprised that you don’t miss meat in them at all.

We have a variant made from beans, mushrooms or even potatoes for you.

So let’s do it!

Vegan Hungarian Goulash

A luxurious meatless goulash that is hearty and pleasantly spicy, and red wine gives it the right twist. You just have to taste it!


  • 320 g of finely chopped white onion
  • 2 red peppers, chopped
  • 6 extra large garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 and 1/2 – 3 cups of broth
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3-5 tbsp Hungarian paprika (make sure it’s not smoked)
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 8 small potatoes, cut into pieces
  • 410 ml tin of diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper


  1. Chop all your vegetables.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, add the onion, bell pepper, garlic, 1 cup broth, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  3. Once it starts bubbling all over, cook for about 8 minutes, until the vegetables are tender and all the stock is gone.
  4. You want the stock to boil before adding the wine, so the sauce stays thick and not watery at the end.
  5. Add the paprika and wine and cook for about 3 minutes.
  6. Add potatoes, tomatoes, pepper, additional 1/2 teaspoon salt, and remaining broth.
  7. Start with 1 and 1/2 cups and add more if needed.
  8. Mix well and increase the flame.
  9. Once the mixture comes to a boil, cover and reduce the heat to medium-low.
  10. Cook for about 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are tender but not mushy.
  11. Taste and add more seasoning if needed.
  12. Serve immediately either alone or with white rice.
Potato and red pepper stew served in a large bowl and sprinkled with fresh herbs.

Vegetable goulash with potatoes

Zucchini is an excellent base for goulash, as it both thickens it quite well and makes it more voluminous. Try this hearty vegetable dish that will warm you up nicely after a long cold day!


  • 3 large potatoes
  • 1 young zucchini
  • 1 red pepper
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • oil
  • ground sweet pepper
  • caraway seeds
  • marjoram
  • pepper
  • salt
  • flour


  1. Fry the chopped onion in the fat in a saucepan.
  2. Peel the potatoes and cut them into cubes.
  3. Rinse the vegetables and cut them into strips or cubes.
  4. Add everything to the onion in the saucepan.
  5. Salt and pepper.
  6. Season with cumin, sweet paprika and marjoram.
  7. Simmer gently.
  8. If the goulash seems a little thick, thicken it with a teaspoon of flour, which you cook well.
Stew made of potatoes and other vegetables served in a deep plate.

Meatless mushroom stew

A simple dish with mushrooms will prove to you that a tasty goulash can be made even without meat. Serve it with pasta or any other side dish for a hearty meal full of nutrients.


  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • ½ onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 kg of any mushrooms, chopped (young, hard mushrooms such as boletus or porcini are most suitable for goulash)
  • 1 can (400ml) diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon of dried garlic
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons of paprika
  • 5 to 6 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • salt to taste


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet.
  2. Add the onion and cook until the onion begins to soften, about 4 minutes.
  3. Add the red pepper and sauté until the pepper and onion begin to caramelize, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  5. In the same pan, heat one tablespoon of olive oil.
  6. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until the water released by the mushrooms begins to evaporate.
  7. Season the mushrooms with salt and dried garlic and continue cooking until the mushrooms are tender, reduced in volume, and the mushroom liquid has almost evaporated, about 5 to 7 minutes more.
  8. Add precooked peppers and onions, chopped tomatoes, vegetable stock, paprika and thyme.
  9. Mix well.
  10. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  11. Enjoy it!
Mushroom and vegetable stew in a pot with a wooden spoon.

Simple potato stew

Great flavored food that is incredibly easy to prepare! Before serving, you can add a little sour cream to it, it will give it the right taste.


  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 3 large potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato puree
  • 5 cups of water mixed with concentrated broth
  • 2 tablespoons of paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • parsley for garnish
  • sour cream for serving


  1. Heat a pan with oil.
  2. Add the onion and fry until soft.
  3. Add the garlic and sauté for a minute.
  4. Next, add the bay leaf and potatoes.
  5. Season with cumin and paprika.
  6. Stir the whole mixture well over low heat.
  7. Add the tomato puree to the potatoes in the pot, season with salt and pepper.
  8. Pour the broth over the potatoes and stir.
  9. Cook until the potatoes are soft.
  10. Stir occasionally.
  11. The time to cook potatoes until soft can take about 20-30 minutes, depending on the size of the piece of potato and the variety.
  12. Remove a piece of bay leaf and discard.
  13. Serve the hot goulash in bowls and garnish with sour cream and fresh parsley.
Potato stew served in a bowl and scooped up with a spoon.

Also check out our meat and vegan goulash recipes ! This hearty and very tasty dish can be prepared in many ways, either at home or outside over the fire.

Bean stew without meat

A spicy, thick veggie stew flavored with smoked paprika is sure to be loved by everyone! Beans and vegetables make the dish wonderfully hearty and filling. Plus, it’s vegan, gluten-free and ready in 30 minutes.


  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 red onions, chopped
  • 2 red peppers, seeded and diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2 – 3 spoons of sweet smoked paprika
  • 800 g chopped canned tomatoes
  • 400 ml of vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon of cane sugar
  • 1 pinch of ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 800 g tinned bean mix, drained and rinsed
  • 4 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream for serving (optional)


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan and fry the onion and red pepper for 5 minutes over medium heat.
  2. Add the garlic and fry for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in the sweet smoked paprika and fry for 1 minute.
  4. Be careful not to let the pepper saute longer, it may turn bitter.
  5. Stir in the canned tomatoes, vegetable stock and sugar and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Add the beans and cook for 2 minutes until the beans are heated through.
  8. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve.
Bean and vegetable stew served in a deep plate, garnished with sour cream and fresh herbs.

TO practically anything can be served as a side dish to vegetarian goulash. Of course, bread and potato dumplings, dumplings, rice or potatoes are also suitable. You won’t make a mistake, even if you serve crispy pastries to bite into.

If you came here by mistake and you love meat, try the traditional goulash , which we also write about.

Tell us in the comments how you liked our recipes. We look forward!

Milan & Ondra

We are both fans of good food and enjoy cooking. On this website, we want to inspire you with traditional, but also less common recipes. We will be happy if you try our recipes and let us know how you liked them. Bon appetite! :)

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