Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  400
  • Protein  33 g
  • Carbohydrates  24 g
  • Fat  19 g
  • Cholesterol  115 mg
  • Sodium  104 mg
  • Potassium  509 mg
  • Phosphorus  318 mg
  • Calcium  34 mg
  • Fiber  3.0 g

Goulash (Guylás)

Goulash (Guylás) is a kidney-friendly dish submitted by a renal dietitian from Pennsylvania.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Anne from Pennsylvania.

Portions: 8     Serving size: 1 cup goulash + 1/2 cup noodles


  • 2 pounds lean beef chuck
  • non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 slice bacon
  • 3 medium sweet onions, chopped into medium pieces
  • 2 tablespoons Hungarian paprika
  • 1 cup Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 3 green bell peppers, sliced into 1/4" strips
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 ounces egg noodles, uncooked


  1. Cut beef into approximately 1-inch cubes. Brown the beef in a large skillet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. When browned on the outside, remove from the pan and set aside.
  2. With kitchen scissors, cut the bacon in half lengthwise, then into 12 small snips for 24 pieces. 
  3. Cook bacon in skillet for approximately 3 minutes over medium heat. Add chopped onions and 1/4 cup water. Cook another 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Add remaining water, beef, peppers and tomato. Simmer over lowest heat for 1-1/2 hours or until tender.
  5. Serve goulash over 1/2 cup noodles

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

    • 3 meat
    • 1 starch
    • 2 vegetables, low and medium potassium

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Like chicken soup, there are many variations on goulash.  Be assured, it is not a beef stew made with carrots and thickened with flour or corn starch!
  • If you are not on a potassium restricted diet, add a 16 ounce can of crushed tomatoes instead of 1 cup raw tomatoes.
  • You can reduce the portion to 1/2 cup goulash with 1/2 cup noodles if you are on a lower protein.

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