Spicy Hungarian Sausage Goulash (Lecso)

Are you a fan of spicy food and looking for a hearty satisfying meal that’s easy to prepare and bursting with flavor? Spicy Hungarian Sausage Goulash (Lecso) is a traditional Hungarian stew that typically includes meat, vegetables, and paprika. This version adds some heat with the addition of yellow chilies, and smokiness from the Hungarian smoked sausage. To start, you’ll need to prepare your ingredients. Drain and slice two cans of whole peeled tomatoes, core and slice two pounds of yellow chilies, and dice one large onion. Dice three-quarters of a slab of bacon, making sure not to crisp or overly brown it.

Spicy Hungarian Sausage Goulash (Lecso)



2 (28 oz cans) whole peeled tomatoes, drained and sliced, (or fresh tomatoes)

2 lbs Anaheim or yellow chilies, cored and sliced

1 large onion, diced

3/4 slab bacon, diced

1 1/2 tsp bacon fat

1 1/2 tsp Hungarian Sweet Paprika

4 Hungarian smoked sausages, sliced 1/4 inch thick

1 tsp olive oil, for cooking

1 tsp unsalted butter, for cooking

Salt and pepper, to taste

6 cups cooked white rice, for serving


  • In a large skillet heat olive oil and butter over medium heat; add onions and sauté until soft. Add bacon and sauté until slightly cooked; making sure not to crisp or overly brown the bacon.
  • Add tomatoes; sauté until warmed throughout. Add yellow chilies, Hungarian sweet paprika, and additional bacon fat; mixing well. Add smoked sausage; mix well and increase heat to medium high. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low; simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Serve Spicy Hungarian Sausage Goulash (Lecso) over white rice.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and add a teaspoon each of olive oil and unsalted butter. Sauté the diced onions until they’re soft, then add the diced bacon and sauté until it’s slightly cooked. Next, add the sliced tomatoes to the skillet and sauté until they’re warmed throughout. Add the sliced yellow chilies, Hungarian sweet paprika, and additional bacon fat, and mix well.

Finally, add four sliced Hungarian smoked sausages and increase the heat to medium-high. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. While the goulash is simmering, prepare your white rice for serving. Once the goulash is ready, serve it over the white rice and enjoy! The combination of the spicy chilies, smoky sausage, and rich tomato sauce is sure to satisfy your taste buds and warm you up from the inside out.

This Spicy Hungarian Sausage Goulash (Lecso) recipe is perfect for a cozy weeknight meal or for entertaining guests. It’s easy to prepare, packed with flavor, and sure to become a family favorite. Give it a try and enjoy the delicious taste of Hungary in your own home!