Hungarian Lecso Recipe -
Hungarian Lecso Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Hungarian Lecso

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"This is a traditional Hungarian vegetable and meat dish that has been 'Americanized' into a thick stew. My grandmother used to make this for me. This is the easiest recipe to make, even if you're not a good cook! It has quick preparation time and it is liked by everyone who tries it!"

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    45 mins


  1. In a large pot over medium heat cook potatoes in butter with garlic, stirring frequently, not allowing garlic to burn. Stir in onion, bell pepper, sausage, tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, paprika and water. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until potatoes are just tender, 20 to 30 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 13, 2003

This is a dish my mom used to make in Poland. She did not use the potatoes and used 3 colour pepper (yellow,, red and green) then served it warm with black rye bread and butter. I like this variation and so do my kids. Easy and fast to prepare.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 22, 2005

The recipe might be very good, but unfortunately doesn't fit the name. Being a Hungarian, I've been born and raised on this food, and this recipe is more likely to be called paprika potatoes. Lecso never has any potatoes nor spaghetti sauce in it, you might stir in eggs or rice for additional thickness. Sadly a very altered recipe, far from original!


31 Ratings

Jul 13, 2003

It is quite a good recipe. I have to protest though; it has absolutely NOTHING to do with the real Hungarian lecsó, which is a completely differnt dish. It has many variations in Hungary, but NONE with potatoe and garlic!!! ( I recommend a look into a Hungarian cook book!)

Feb 04, 2004

This was FANTASTIC! A soup that eats like a meal. I got stuck with Idaho potatoes instead of new potatoes but they tasted good too. I didn't have any fresh garlic. I didn't cook it for very long so the vegetable were a little firm which made it seem like a meal. Ymmmy! I'll definitely make it again.

Apr 05, 2003

This was delicious! Great on a cold winter's night. We had it with salad and black bread and there were no leftovers. Even my 2 year old ate it. Will definitely keep this in my file.

Nov 18, 2004

A hearty and easy recipe. Try cajun flavored smoked sausage for an extra kick!

Jan 24, 2011

Ever have the most perfect recipe come up when using the ingredient search? This is mine... Overall very good - it did need salt and pepper though and a little longer to cook to blend flavors and to soften the poatoes. Very hearty and healthy (used chicken sausage) on a cold evening! Thanks for sharing! Oh and PS for everyone who gave it bad reviews saying it's not authentic... the submitter never claims it's authentic - they say it's been "americanized" meaning adapted. I appreciate this interpretation!

Oct 12, 2010

The is-it-or-isn't-it-traditional-Lecso reviews didn't affect my taste buds, as I didn't have anything to compare this recipe too. (I had the ingredients on hand and wanted an easy crock meal for a chilly night.) I don't think my following changes would affect the integrity of the original recipe. I browned the smoked sausage in a little EVOO w/ the garlic, onion, and bell peppers, and then dumped everything in the crock pot for 8 hrs on low. I used about 2 c. of homemade spaghetti sauce and 1 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes w/ jalapenos for some extra kick. (Truth by told, I can't recall ever seeing stewed tomatoes packed in a mere 8 oz. can.) It was the perfect consistency for dragging hunks of french bread through.


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  • Calories
  • 402 kcal
  • 20%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 36.5 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 42 mg
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 21.2 g
  • 33%
  • Fiber
  • 5.1 g
  • 20%
  • Protein
  • 16.9 g
  • 34%
  • Sodium
  • 1089 mg
  • 44%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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