Dad’s 30 Minute Goulash

This 30 Minute Goulash uses only 9 common ingredients, tastes delicious and can take as little as 30 minutes to make! Quick, easy and family-friendly meal!

Dad’s 30 Minute Goulash – Tasty beer-simmered, ground beef seasoned with a delicious blend of common spices paired with pasta makes a delicious and easy family-friendly dinner recipe.

As some of you may know, I am currently a LONG way from Montana and am in Nebraska with my family to do some work on the family farm for my grandparents. Being on the farm has always been refreshing because I can share with my kids, many of the same spots my cousins and I used to enjoy as kids and quite honestly, there is no better air on this great earth. I also found many treasures that I know that I can give new life through some of my upcoming DIY projects while also preserving a piece of my family’s history. While I AM enjoying my time here, I have been WAY slacking on my posts but I hope to get back on track starting with today!

Dad's Famous 30 Minute Goulash
Dad making his famous 30 Minute Goulash!

I have to say that one of the things my family and I enjoy doing during these visits is create and share old and new recipes. For tonight, it was an old recipe that was the star of the meal, my Dad’s Famous 30 Minute Goulash. It is, both, super easy to make and full of flavor. It is a recipe that he has morphed over the last 20 years into the still-simple dish that it is today. While I love making this goulash recipe at home in Montana for my husband and kids, it was a real treat to make it right here in Nebraska with my very own Mom and Dad!

This 30 Minute Goulash uses only 9 common ingredients, tastes delicious and can take as little as 30 minutes to make! Quick, easy and family-friendly meal!


As a busy human with kids/husband, house to run and other responsibilities, you absolutely cannot beat recipes that take only a handful of ingredients and still taste delicious. This goulash recipe fits the bill using only 9 fairly common ingredients, and still yields a simple, flavorful dish. The best part about this dish is, it is possible to make in as little as 30 minutes! So, without further ado, let’s get right after it!

Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10
Author Crystal Koeneman


  • 3 Pounds Hamburger
  • 3 C Onions (Diced) (we use white or yellow)
  • 2 TBS Garlic Powder
  • 1 Can (12 oz) Budweiser (or other light beer)
  • 1 TBS Garlic Salt
  • 1 TBS Black Pepper
  • 1 ½-2 C Ketchup
  • 1 LB (16 Oz.) Small Elbow Macaroni
  • 2 TBS Butter


  1. Prepare the Macaroni according to the package instructions.

  2. While the Macaroni is cooking, add your onions and hamburger to a large skillet.

    Note 1: My dad uses a large electric deep griddle.

    Note 2: If using ground beef that is less than 90% lean, draining may be necessary.

  3. Once the ground beef is browned, pour in the entire can of beer and add the Garlic Salt, Garlic Powder and Pepper. Let simmer for about 2 minutes.

  4. Drain your prepared Macaroni and melt 2 TBS of butter, mixing well until melted throughout.

  5. Mix the Macaroni into the meat mixture until well incorporated.

  6. Finally, mix the ketchup into the meat/pasta mixture. The amount of ketchup you use is purely based on taste preference but 1 1/2-2 Cups what we usually use. If you are unsure, add it slowly and taste as you go. And that's it!


If you had a chance to try my Dad’s  30 Minute Goulash recipe, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Be sure to check out the “Recipe Box” tab and you can find more easy dishes like my crowd-pleasing 30 Minute Asian Pork Dumplings! To be the first to know about more recipes, lifestyle tips or DIY projects, sign up for the Real Housewife of Montana Newsletter and be sure to follow me on Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter for up-to-the-minute happenings from Montana!

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