Experience the hearty and comforting flavors of a classic Beef Goulash with Dumplings. This Hungarian-inspired dish combines tender chunks of beef, rich paprika-infused broth, and fluffy dumplings for a satisfying and flavorful meal. Perfect for cold evenings, this goulash is a warm embrace in a bowl.


For the Beef Goulash:

  • 2 pounds stewing beef, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup red wine (optional)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (for thickening, if needed)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish

For the Dumplings:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


For the Beef Goulash:

  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the cubed beef and brown on all sides. Remove the beef and set it aside.
  2. In the same pot, add the chopped onions and sauté until they become soft and translucent.
  3. Stir in the minced garlic, sweet paprika, and caraway seeds, cooking for an additional 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  4. Add the tomato paste and continue to cook for another 2 minutes.
  5. Return the browned beef to the pot. Pour in the beef broth and red wine (if using). Add the bay leaves, salt, and black pepper.
  6. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for about 2 to 2.5 hours, or until the beef is tender.
  7. If the goulash needs thickening, mix 2 tablespoons of flour with a few tablespoons of water to create a smooth paste. Stir it into the simmering goulash and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
  8. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Remove the bay leaves.

For the Dumplings:

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Add milk and melted butter to the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined.
  3. Drop spoonfuls of the dumpling batter onto the simmering goulash. Cover the pot and let the dumplings cook for 10-15 minutes until they are firm and cooked through.
  4. Serve the Beef Goulash with Dumplings hot, garnished with chopped fresh parsley.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

  • Calories: 500
  • Fat: 20g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Protein: 40g

Prep and Cooking Time:

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 2.5 hours


  • Serves: 6-8 people

This Beef Goulash with Dumplings is a comforting and satisfying meal that brings together the rich flavors of beef, paprika, and tender dumplings. It’s a classic dish that warms the soul and is perfect for sharing with family and friends. Enjoy this delicious taste of Hungary!

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