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German Zigeunerschnitzel - Hot Paprika Tomato Sauce for Meat

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Zigeunersauce is another German "fast-food" item at traditional restaurants or "Gaststaette". Zigeunersauce is made with brightly colored bell peppers, ground Hungarian paprika and tomato paste. It is very tasty, but watch which kind of ground paprika you use, or you could make it so spicy, that you cannot eat it all!

Makes 4 servings

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 T. oil
  • 1 c. onion, sliced (1 medium)
  • 3 c. red, orange or yellow bell peppers, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 1/2 T. flour or brown rice flour
  • 2 tsp. sweet Hungarian paprika, ground
  • 2 T. tomato paste
  • 1 - 2 tsp. hot (sharp) Hungarian paprika, ground
  • 1 14 oz. can chicken broth (1 1/2 c.)
  • 2 tsp, sweetener (honey, sugar or agave nectar), or to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Heat oil in pan, sauté onion slices for a few minutes.

Add bell pepper slices and cook a few minutes longer.

Add garlic, sprinkle ground paprika and flour over vegetables and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the chicken broth, a little at a time, stirring after each addition. Stir until thick.

Let mixture cook gently for about 20 minutes.

Taste and add lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper to taste.

Serve over cutlet, pork chops or schnitzel.

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 4 out of 5
Zigeunersosse - hearty and healthy, Member Oesi

I have been using this sauce for years. Not only with pork, but also with veal, chicken and even fish. It's fresh and very tasty.

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