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Easy Beef Goulash Recipe

A beef Goulash recipe is such a delicious dinner option. Light, but still full of flavor, and super easy to make.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Hungarian
Keyword: affordable, beef, easy dinner recipes, easy recipes, goulash, low carb, stew
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 527kcal


  • 5 lbs Beef Stew Meat
  • 1/2 onion diced small
  • 5-7 cloves garlic diced small
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2-3 tbsp Hungarian sweet paprika
  • 1-2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 can beer dark or lager, however any non-flavored beer would work
  • 3-5 potatoes diced small optional
  • 2-3 carrots diced small optional
  • 4-6 cups water
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat up the oil in a deep pan at medium to high heat.
  • Brown the meat in batches to avoid overcrowding. Once one batch is browned, set it aside and continue browning the meat until it's all done.
  • Clean the pan if you got burnt bits on the bottom. Brown bits are ok, so you can continue cooking in the same pan.
  • Add a little more oil to the pan and sauté the onions and garlic until soft.
  • Add back the meat. Add salt and pepper and the paprika. You should coat the meat with the paprika. The liquid will be brownish, but not thick. It will thicken up later, but not like a stew.
  • Add the beer and cook for a few minutes. Add the tomato paste and stir.
  • Add 2 cups of water - enough to cover the meat. Cover the pan with a lid and reduce heat to medium.
  • Let it cook until the meat is tender, stirring occasionally and adding water to keep it from burning. It's a stew, but it will look more like soup.
  • Once the meat is tender. Taste the Goulash to see if you have enough salt, pepper and paprika.
  • Add the veggies of your choice and cook it until the vegetables are done.


  • If you prefer to serve it over pasta, you can add a little flour while browning the onions to make a roux and thicken the Goulash.
  • I used good old Bud Light for this recipe because that is what I had in my fridge, but I think any dark or lager beer will be great with this recipe. I would avoid any beer with fruit or citrus notes.


Sodium: 199mg | Calcium: 83mg | Vitamin C: 18mg | Vitamin A: 3440IU | Sugar: 2g | Fiber: 3g | Potassium: 1442mg | Cholesterol: 176mg | Calories: 527kcal | Saturated Fat: 5g | Fat: 18g | Protein: 65g | Carbohydrates: 20g | Iron: 7mg