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Hungarian Sauce (formerly Zigeuner Sauce or Gipsy Sauce)

Zigeuner Sauce Hungarian Sauce

We call this sauce “Hungarian Sauce” now but some of you might know it under the name Zigeuner Soße (translated: Gipsy Sauce). German restaurants served it with Schnitzel (Zigeuner Schnitzel) but it is also a great fit with other meats or with just a side like some rice, potatoes, and even spaghetti.

Video: How to make Hungarian Sauce

Why Did Germans Rename Zigeuner Sauce to Hungarian Sauce?

It is never too late to better yourself and Germans like to improve themselves in any aspect of life. We give and listen to critique a lot and we learn and then we make the necessary changes. Here, we realized that the word “Zigeuner” is historically used in a negative and racist way and therefore offensive to the people of Roma and Sinti. There is no good reason to call this sauce this way, either. With all the bell pepper in the recipe, the name Hungarian Sauce seems a much better fit … well, until we hear back about it from the people of Hungary.
The name change was initiated by a sauce brand that renamed its product and others followed.

The Recipe …

recipe for Zigeuner Sauce  Zigeuner Schnitzel

… is rather easy but the many different flavors from pickled ingredients, mustard, garlic, and of course the bell peppers, with a hint of sweetness but also some spiciness from hot paprika … this is a very unique sauce! Quite often the storebought version is enjoyed at BBQs or with meat Fondue.

The Cookpot I was using

I get a lot of collaboration requests for all kinds of products. Today, I was asked to use a chainsaw in my videos, that’s quite a funny request and definitely automated. But every now and then I get a message that I find interesting and this was the case with the Audecook Multifunction Pot.

It’s a frying pan, cook pot, oil fryer, and steamer in one product with an easy-to-clean ceramic coating. When I made this recipe video I tested it for the first time and since then I have used it several times and you will see it in other videos, too. I must honestly say that I am very happy with this pot and while it is already very practical at home, I can imagine it to be a great asset for RV camping or cooking in a hotel room.

Zigeuner Sauce Hungarian Sauce

Hungarian Sauce (former Zigeuner Sauce)

Sauce with bold, vibrant flavors
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch (or Dinner), Main Course, Sauce, Side Dish, Sides
Cuisine German, Hungarian
Servings 4 portions
Calories 173 kcal


1 electric pan/ cook pot totally optional


  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil or other oil
  • ½ Onion red
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • 2 Bell Peppers red & yellow
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 tsp Mustard
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 Pickle large
  • 400 g canned, diced Tomatoes
  • 15 Cocktail Onions
  • ½ bunch Italian Parsley
  • some Salt & Pepper
  • some ground Paprika spicy or smoky or sweet or a mix of them


  • Cut the 2 Bell Peppers into small stripes.
  • Dice the ½ Onion, 1 clove Garlic, 15 Cocktail Onions, and 1 Pickle.
  • Heat the 2 tbsp Olive Oil in a pan, then add the ½ Onion, 1 clove Garlic, 2 Bell Peppers and fry for a couple of minutes.
  • Next, add the 1 Pickle, 1 tbsp Tomato Paste, 1 tsp Mustard, 1 tsp Sugar, fry for a minute ot two.
  • Put in the 400 g canned, diced Tomatoes, reduce the heat and simmer until the bell peppers are soft.
  • Season with some Salt & Pepper and some ground Paprika to your taste of spicyness.
  • Chopp the ½ bunch Italian Parsley and mix into the sauce before serving.


Tips and Tricks:

Customize the spice level to suit your taste buds.
Let the sauce simmer for an extra depth of flavor.
Store in an airtight container for a quick flavor boost anytime.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 173kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 4gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 320mgPotassium: 706mgFiber: 6gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 2772IUVitamin C: 106mgCalcium: 89mgIron: 2mg
Keyword glutenfree, sauce, vegan, vegetable, vegetarian
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