Dutch Oven Goulash – perfect with dumplings

Dutch Oven Goulash

We were lucky to cook dutch oven goulash in a beautiful place – Bramwell Station, Cape York.

Goulash, originally Hungarian, so-called everything-goes-in meal is a perfect dish while camping. Simply, chuck in everything you have in your camping fridge.

This time my basic ingredients were beef, capsicum, onion. Try it yourself when are away.

Prep time:  20 minutes

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Cook time: 60 -120 minutes

Servings: 3

Goulash – Ingredients


  • 0.5 kg beef 
  • beef stock
  • 1 big onion
  • garlic (fresh or granulated)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • marjoram, thyme & sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • 30 g plain flour


  • 0.5 kg of flour (we used scone mix)
Dutch Oven Goulash - Ingridients

Goulash – Instructions

1. Start a campfire and run it for at least 30 minutes so there are enough charcoals for cooking.

2. Cut beef into small chunks 

3. Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a Dutch oven or casserole saucepan.

Dutch Oven Goulash - cut onion

4. Sprinkle meat with flour (I used a string plastic bag where I’ve mixed them together).

5.  Peel and dice one big onion.

6. Fry until meat turns brown then add onion. 

Dutch Oven Goulash - add beef and onion
Dutch Oven Goulash – add beef and onion

7. When the onion starts to be translucent, add marjoram, thyme, bay leaves & sweet paprika. And garlic, don’t forget garlic 🙂

Dutch Oven Goulash - add ingridients

8. Add beef stock. Cook stirring for around 2 minutes.

Dutch Oven Goulash - add beef stock
Dutch Oven Goulash – add beef stock

9. Close the lid and cover the top of the pot with charcoals.

Dutch Oven Goulash - Campfire

Goulash is cooking, it’s time to make dumplings!

10. Take a bowl, mix together flour and milk (I did it based on the recipe written on the box)

Dutch Oven Goulash - add flour

11. Once everything is combined, form small balls and cover them with a clean towel.

Dutch Oven Goulash - Dumplings
Dutch Oven Goulash – Dumplings

12. Periodically check the goulash and wait until the meat becomes soft (this can take up to 2h.)

Dutch Oven Goulash - Drop dumplings

13. Drop dumplings into the stew, cover the lid and let it steam for another 20 minutes. Don’t open the lid – otherwise steam will escape.

Dutch Oven Goulash - Final
Dutch Oven Goulash – Final

14. I served it with pickles as I always have a can or a jar in my camping pantry. The meat was tender and full of flavour!

Please let us know if you tried this recipe or maybe have some suggestions!

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