Lecsó (Hungarian Vegetable Stew with Yellow Pepper)

Lecsó is a traditional Hungarian vegetable stew that has a very strict ingredient guideline: yellow (bell/point) pepper, onion, tomato, ground paprika and salt. Sometimes garlic. But that’s it.

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Lecsó is Hungary's favorite.

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What is Lecsó?

The Hungarian consider Lecsó a traditional dish, but so do the Czech, Slovak and Croatian. The ingredients are pretty much set. Only garlic may or may not be added.

Tradition says, you can make your Lecsó either with lard (making it a lot less vegan) or with sunflower oil (turning it into a 100% plant-based dish). Both make for an authentic Lecsó and both are common.

You can eat Lecsó with some bread for lunch or with some rice for dinner.


As a side dish: 4 servings | As a main dish: 2 servings

  • 4 yellow bell peppers, cut in wisps
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped up
  • 1 onion, chopped up
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika powder
  • 6 tablespoons of sunflower oil

Kitchen utensils

  • Cooking pan or saucepan

How to make Lecsó

Prep: 10 min. | Cook: 35 min. | Total: 45 min.

Simmering is key to get your Lescó in true Hungarian style.
  1. Cut 1 onion into very small pieces.
  1. Cut 4 yellow peppers into wisps.
  1. Heat 6 tablespoons of sunflower oil in a pan until hot.
  1. Add the onion and sauté until the onion becomes translucent. Stir occasionally.
  1. Add the wisps of yellow pepper, stir and let your soon-to-be Lecsó simmer for 15 minutes.
  1. In the meantime, chop 4 tomatoes as small as possible.
  1. After 15 minutes, add 4 tomatoes, 1 teaspoon of paprika powder and a few pinches of salt. Add a bit of black pepper to your liking. 
  1. Stir well and let it simmer for another 15 minutes. 

Serve with bread for lunch or with rice for dinner. Garnish with some parsley. 

Yellow bell peppers, paprika powder and tomato make for a good Lecsó.


Recipe: Lecsó (Hungarian Vegetable Stew with Yellow Bell Pepper)
Country: Hungary
Prep: 10 min.
Cook: 35 min.
Total: 45 min.
Ingredients: yellow bell pepper, onion, tomato, paprika powder, sunflower oil  
Type of meal: main dish, side dish

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