Paprika Pork Stew

Today I bring you, my faithful readers, yet another recipe borrowed and adapted from the ever useful BBC GoodFood. However, as I have recently discussed the virtues of this wonderful site I shan’t subject any of my followers to more of the same, just yet. To be honest, one hardly needs to use a recipe for a dish like this – it’s more about the idea, reading something that places the drive to cook a certain dish into one’s head. I think this is the case with a lot of my creations and remains one of the main reasons I read an awful lot of recipes posted across wordpress. There’s nothing better than discovering the ideas or foodie nuances of fellow bloggers and adapting them to one’s own lifestyle or flavour preference. After all, one person alone cannot come up with too many dishes all at once, such creativity demands inspiration. So, thank-you wordpress!

Really, this dish is essentially a goulash, something to which I have already dedicated a post to and one which hasn’t received quite enough attention. However, such a delicious variation really requires a post all of its own, so please enjoy it! There’s actually not a lot more I can say about goulash that I haven’t already said in my previous recipe, so for once I shan’t bang on about flavours and advice. However, one should say that pork tenderloin is cooked in a rather different manner to stewing beef as it is an extremely lean cut – there is no fat to melt out of the joint, which is probably why it has been named in the way it has. So, without further ado, please enjoy my rather literally named ‘Paprika Pork’.

Paprika Pork Stew

Serves 4


• 300g pork tenderloin

• 250g mushrooms, sliced into eighths

• 1 large onion, finely chopped

• 3 large carrots, diced

• 2 tbsp smoked paprika

• 1 generous tablespoon on tomato puree

• 200ml chicken stock

• A few sprigs of fresh coriander to serve


1. Heat a good slug of olive oil in a large pan and cook the onions for around 5-6 minutes, until translucent and browning. Add the paprika and the carrots and cook for a further 5 minutes. Stir in the chicken stock, mushrooms and tomato puree, simmer for 15-20 minutes. This allows the flavours to develop and the sauce to reduce.

2. Add the pork and continue to simmer until the pork has been cooked through, season to taste. This is simply delicious serve delicious with a hunk of bread and a little soured cream. However, it could also be served with rice, potatoes or even some types of pasta.

Cost: This whole meal can be bought and cooked for no more than £4, bringing it in at £1 per portion. What an absolute bargain and the same price as the original goulash recipe, so take your pick! They are both equally gorgeous.


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52 comments on “Paprika Pork Stew

  1. Amanda (onceuponarecipe)
    September 19, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    There’s that smoked paprika recipe I was waiting for! 🙂 This looks delicious, and perfect for the changing seasons.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm

      Yay. It really is the perfect autumn dish.

  2. Smedette
    September 19, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    It’s dishes like this that make me (sometimes) wish I wasn’t a vegetarian.

  3. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    September 19, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I like that your recipes don’t skimp on quality ingredients! So often frugal food resorts to cheap gristly cuts – it’s nice to see a small serve of pork tenderloin in such an economical dish! Looks like a delicious dinner – I’d serve it with rice, but hey, I’m Chinese.. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 20, 2011 at 5:15 pm

      The thing is, I like to eat nice food. I could cook for cheaper, but what’s the point in cooking if you don’t enjoy the food you make.

  4. Karen
    September 19, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    I really enjoy using smoked paprika. It really adds something special to a dish. You dish looks hearty and delicious.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 20, 2011 at 5:15 pm

      Normal paprika doesn’t even come close to smoked paprika. It is so delicious.

  5. countrywoodsmoke
    September 19, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    A wonderful autumnal meal, welcome autumn, oh how have missed you
    Love pork, love paprika, great combination

    • frugalfeeding
      September 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm

      I’ve missed autumn big time… summer just isn’t the same. Thanks!

  6. ChgoJohn
    September 19, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    This sounds and looks like a great Fall dish. I’m definitely going to give it a try.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks, I really hope you do, it’s well worth it.

  7. Danielle Charles
    September 19, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Looks so delicious! I love a good paprika riddled pork stew on a chilly night.

  8. lateraleating
    September 19, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Great recipe, I’m always looking for new ways of using pork in meals.

  9. Jacqueline Mary Rosette
    September 20, 2011 at 12:04 am

    om nom nom. This looks too delicious :)! Great pics and awesome recipe!

  10. Tara
    September 20, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Oh I love paprika! It reminds me of my trip to Spain last summer. I love the idea of putting it in a stew, I’ve never tried goulash before but this sounds like a great variation.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 20, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      I can’t believe you’ve never tried goulash :O. It is sooooo delicious.

  11. Aimee@clevermuffin
    September 20, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Just lovely! And I’ve just put goulash on my meal planner for this week. Having just moved countries and jobs you’ll be pleased to know I’ve been putting your blog and budget planning to good use lately!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 20, 2011 at 5:20 pm

      Ahha, where have you moved to/from? Is that why you haven’t been posting much recently? It’s good to have you back btw. Let me know how the goulash turns out.

  12. thecompletecookbook
    September 20, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Oh how scrumptious!
    Have a happy day.
    🙂 Mandy

  13. Sara
    September 20, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    No complaints here on a re-working of goulash! Love it!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm

      Goulash really is just the best warming meal out there. Perfect for autumn.

  14. Casey
    September 20, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Thank you for stopping by my blog! 🙂

    That stew looks delicious—like the perfect fall meal!

  15. thelittleloaf
    September 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I love smoked paprika so any dish with it in is a winner for me! I’ve not cooked much with pork tenderloin so planning to try this very soon, it looks delicious.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 21, 2011 at 11:36 pm

      Smoked paprika really is just the best! I really hope you enjoy it!

  16. Kate Abbott - Clifton Kitchen
    September 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Thank you for visiting my blog, for leaving a message and in turn letting me discover your blog. I do like this recipe and the photographs look good too.
    Take care,

  17. Yinzerella
    September 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Nice to see your pork paprika after my veal paprika. Yours looks good.

  18. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    September 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Looks just fabulous. It is so great to get ideas from fellow bloggers and you always have some great ones.

  19. Meg
    September 21, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    love the layout of this photo frugal! Looks delish

  20. Sush
    September 21, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Yum and I can’t believe the price! Will give this a try and let you know how it goes 🙂

  21. Sophie
    September 23, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    This looks soo yummy. It looks like the perfect autumn dish! I’m definitely trying it very soon 🙂 It’ll probably end up on my blog with a link to yours too.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 23, 2011 at 7:57 pm

      Thanks! Yes, please do try it. I look forward to your link back.

  22. cookingcacophony
    September 23, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Yum, this sounds fabulous!

  23. feedingmytribe
    September 23, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Looks pretty good…I love smoked paprika.

  24. goodsensegoodhealth
    September 23, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    That looks amazing! I’ll have to try this one soon, minus the mushrooms. Just. Can’t. Eat. Them. It’s a fungus thing 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 27, 2011 at 9:55 am

      Haha, I used to be like that, but they are delicious.

  25. Kimby
    September 23, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    I liked your thoughts on adapting recipes — food blogging has brought so many creative cooks and recipes into my kitchen — including you! Will definitely be making this…er, should I say “adapting this.” 🙂 Thanks again!

  26. Pasta Princess
    January 3, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    This sounds wonderful! I’m adding it to my “to make” list. Thanks for sharing!! Now, I need to find some smoked paprika. I’ve been wondering about the taste of smoked paprika – I’ve never used it before – now here is my chance. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      January 4, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      Thanks! Hope yo enjoy it when you get round to making it. Smoked paprika is AMAZING.

  27. whenjuditbakesbreadandbetter
    August 19, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    …sounds perfectly Hungarian…I wish I could share some authentic paprika with you chefs… 😉

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