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30 Second Videos: Hungarian Lesco

Until I saw this video, I had never heard of Lesco, so I did a bit of research. According to the website, It’s Hungarian, Lesco is…

“…a typical Hungarian dish that consists of tomatoes, peppers, and onions. How lecso turns out can differ, depending on the type of pepper used. Some swear by the bitingly hot bogyiszlói (banana chili), others prefer the sweet, mild varieties. However, there is always room for compromise by adding a few hot ones to the milder ones. ” (1)

For winter consumption, when tomatoes aren’t readily available, preserved tomatoes are used. Lesco can also be preserved/canned, during the summer, for consumption in winter. The basic recipe is: (via – It’s Hungarian)

  • 2 1/4 lbs/1 kg bell peppers (capsicum)

  • Generous I lb/500 g tomatoes

  • 1 large onion

  • 4 tbsp oil

  • 1 heaped tbsp ground paprika

  • Salt

There are  variations with sausage, rice, pasta etc. It can also be used as a condiment. For more info and recipes, go to It’s Hungarian. In the mean time, here is a 30 second video, showing how to prepare Lesco..Enjoy!!


About Tamara Hoerner (964 Articles)
I am a student at Hawthorn University working toward a MS degree in Holistic Nutrition. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.”

1 Comment on 30 Second Videos: Hungarian Lesco

  1. My parents are both from Hungary, and I grew up very heavily in a Hungarian culture even though I am American. Lecso was part of my menu at least 3-5 times a week. It’s a great, easy, go-to meal for those times when you want something fast, filling, and delicious. Bravo for posting this and trying it! Oh, and the better quality paprika you get, the better it tastes!


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