Hungarian Stew with Sauerkraut

Hungarian Stew with Sauerkraut (Székelykáposzta) is a very popular in Hungary. We usually eat it at Christmas, but whenever I cook Hungarian Stew with Sauerkraut, that is a feast.

Hungarian Stew with Sauerkraut

Hungarian Stew with Sauerkraut

Hungarian Stew with Sauerkraut (Székelykáposzta) is the feast course. Easy to made from simply ingredients but it has some special.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Hungarian
Keyword: easy, feast, stew
Servings: 4 people
Author: Myreille


  • 700 grams pork (shoulder or ham) diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic diced
  • 1 tablespoon Hungarian paprika powder (sweet)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Sweet Hungarian yellow wax peppers (or banana peppers) diced
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 700 grams sauerkraut
  • 250 grams sour cream (Hungarian: tejföl)
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower (or canola) oil
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour


  • Heat the one tablespoon oil (or lard) in a large pot (or a Dutch oven) and add the onion, the garlic and a pinch of salt. Cook slowly until the onions are clear and glassy.
  • Add the meat to the onion and cook over high heat, stirring, until the meat is no longer pink (about 5-10 minutes).
  • Remove the pot from the heat and add the paprika powder, stirring, add 3 cups water to the meat and back to the heat. Note! If the paprika powder is burn, the stew will be bitter.
  • Add the salt, tomato and yellow pepper.
  • Bring to a boil, cover, reduce the heat to medium and simmer about 40-50 minutes.
  • Wash the sauerkraut (soured cabbage) once or twice in clear water. (Need to wash some of the salt out of the sauerkraut.)
  • Add the sauerkraut (soured cabbage) and cook till all soft and well cooked.
  • In small bowl mix 2 tablespoon flour with ¼ cup water. Then mix with some of the hot liquid from the stew till it can be poured into the hot stew. Add the mix to the stwe, stir thoroughly and let it cook for a little bit longer to thicken.
  • Add 2-3 tablespoons sour cream in the stew and stir it well.


Serve with bread on the side and the sour cream on top when plated.