Dutch Oven Goulash – perfect with dumplings

Dutch Oven Goulash

We were lucky enough to cook up a delightful Dutch Oven Goulash in a picturesque location – Bramwell Station, Cape York.

Goulash, with its roots in Hungarian cuisine, is a versatile, everything-goes-in meal that’s ideal for camping adventures. It’s a simple yet delicious way to make use of whatever you have on hand in your camping fridge.

On this occasion, our essential ingredients included tender beef, vibrant capsicum, and aromatic onions. Give it a try yourself during your next getaway and savor the flavors of this comforting dish in the great outdoors.

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. Begin by igniting a warm, crackling campfire and let it burn for at least 30 minutes, ensuring you have a generous supply of glowing coals to cook with

2. Cut your beef into bite-sized chunks , perfect for sharing and savoring

3. Drizzle two tablespoons of olive oil into a Dutch oven or a trusty camping casserole saucepan, heating it up as you anticipate the delightful flavors that await.

Dutch Oven Goulash - cut onion

4. Sprinkle the meat with flour, using a handy plastic bag to mix them together, ensuring an even coating.

5. Peel and dice an onion it into bite-sized pieces.

6. Sizzle the meat in the heated oil until it develops a delectable brown crust, and then invite the diced onion to join the party.

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

7. As the onion begins to turn translucent, introduce a fragrant marjoram, thyme, bay leaves, and sweet paprika to the mix. And, of course, let’s not forget the essential touch of garlic to elevate the flavors even further.

Dutch Oven Goulash - add ingridients

8. Gently pour in the beef stock, enveloping the rich flavors already in the Dutch oven. Allow the ingredients to mingle, stirring for about 2 minutes as you eagerly await the heartwarming meal that’s soon to show up on your plate.

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

9. Cover the pot, and blanket the top with the glowing charcoals from your campfire. As the heat envelops the camp oven, allow the flavors within to meld and deepen, creating a truly memorable meal.

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. Gently drop dumplings into the simmering stew, and then secure the lid once more. Allow the dumplings to steam for another 20 minutes, soaking up the rich flavors within. Remember, patience is key—resist the temptation to lift the lid, as doing so will let the precious steam escape.

Dutch Oven Goulash - Final
Dutch Oven Goulash – Final

14. I paired this delectable goulash with tangy pickles, an item that I always keep in my camping pantry. The meat emerged tender, and bursting with flavor, making for a truly unforgettable fireside feast!

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this comforting campfire goulash! Did you give it a try, or perhaps have some suggestions or variations to share? Let us know in the comments, and let’s continue to inspire each other with our culinary adventures!

Happy campfire cooking.

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