happy belly goulash

happy belly goulash


Any time you can have a happy belly goulash then it’s a happy day! Just full of rich flavors, serve it over noodles or rice! Yum happy belly!

Beef Goulash Recipe

I figure the name of this dish says it all. Happy belly goulash! Yes, with just a few ingredients. A little time. And, a loving hands, you can make happy bellies around your dinner table!

Simple Goulash Recipe

Now the ale I used in this recipe, I think, makes a big difference in the overall flavors. Yes, you can substitute apple cider for the beer if you don’t do alcohol, but believe me, it’s worth letting this lager do its magic. While it’s a ‘seasonal’ variety, in the off season, I’m going to use a similar dark ale.

Easy Goulash Recipe

What I love about this Sam Adams ‘Old Fezziwig’ Ale. Well, besides the really cool name, there’s the flavor profile. But, before I tell you about that, the name? It comes from Charles Dickens classic story, ‘A Christmas Carol’. Old Fezziwig is a character in the novel. And, he is the antithesis of his apprentice, Scrooge! The next time you watch the movie, you’ll have a renewed appreciation for Old Fezziwig!

Old Fashioned Goulash Recipe

The description of this ale just makes me want to take a sip, and I’m not really a beer drink. Here’s how Sam Adams describes it: ‘Spicy & bold, this festive ale is bursting with the flavors of the season.  With a full body and spice it’ll help those long winter nights pass more quickly.  

Beef for Goulash

The rich malt character creates notes of sweet toffee, caramel, & roasty chocolate while classic holiday spices like cinnamon, ginger and orange peel dance on the tongue bringing with them the celebratory spirit of the season.’

Goulash Recipes Slow Cooker

Just like Old Fezziwig in ‘A Christmas Carol’ who was a happy portly ol’ Welsh man, this ‘happy belly goulash’ will bring out your best and those traits of ‘kindness, generosity and affection’! If you can’t find the Sam Adams version, no problem, just find a dark rich ale that appeals to you.

And, while I did my goulash in the oven, you surely could do it in a slow cooker, multi-cooker or crock pot. Adjust your settings accordingly. For a slow cooker/crock pot, I’d go 4-6 hours on Low and 2-3 hours on High. The key to determining whether it needs more cook time is the tenderness. It should be fork tender. Multi-cookers (pressure) cook much faster. Follow the instructions with your particular multi-cooker (i.e., InstaPot or Cuckoo Multi-Cooker). 
happy belly goulash

happy belly goulash

happy belly goulash

Yield: 6+ servings


  • Preheat oven to 400
  • 2 Tbl. oil, your choice
  • 2 Tbl. Butter, salted
  • 1 ½ to 2 lb. beef, cubes
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. coarse ground pepper
  • 2 tsp. smoked paprika, can use sweet if you don't like the smoked version
  • 1 bottle (12 oz.) dark ale (I used Sam Adams Old Fezziwig Ale.)
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 1 (16 oz.) container salsa, store bought
  • 1 cup tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup sweet onions, diced
  • 2 cups water


  1. Put the oil and butter in a heavy Dutch oven over medium high heat. When hot, add beef cubes, salt and pepper and brown for about 8-10 minutes on all sides. (Note: Some good crustiness will form in the pot.)
  2. Add the ale and deglaze the pot scraping all around and getting the flavorings from the meat that are stuck on the pot/sides.
  3. Add the garlic, salsa, tomatoes, onions, water and blend. Cover tightly. (You can put a doubled piece of foil on the pot, then the lid on top.)
  4. Cook for about 75-90 minutes in a preheated 400 oven. Check twice to see if you need to add more water. (Don’t let it dry out.) After about an hour, the meat should be getting very tender and the gravy thick.
  5. Turn off oven. Add more water if needed. Let the goulash rest in the oven for 30-45 minutes.


Noodles aren't the only thing you might want to serve this goulash on~try rice or another type pasta.

Get creative and serve over a hot biscuit, maybe a dinner roll, a piece of grilled artisan bread.

If you want to stay away from carbs, serve it over a pile of fresh arugula splashed with some olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper!

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  1. No paprika? This looks so delicious. I’m going to make that sausage and white beans with spinach…. Thanks, Ally!

    1. Maya! My luv! Thank you for finding that for me. YES, there is paprika in it. I’ve edited the recipe. I need your super sleuthing, luveee! And, the sausage and white beans, ohhhhhh, I just might do the same today! xoxox ~ally

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