American Goulash is a fun, old fashioned family recipe that’s easy to make with just a few ingredients.
Make this American Goulash Recipe for after the game, or to feed a crowd at a party or potluck. Made with ground beef, a few spices and some tasty pasta sauce it can be whipped up quickly and easily.
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What Is Goulash?
- Popular in the Midwest and southern American states, goulash is also known by the fun name ‘slumgullion.’ It’s a favorite with the kids and it’s easy to sneak it a few healthy veggies, too!
- Cook American goulash in one pot on the stove top, crock pot, or instant pot!
- Goulash is a perfect comfort food dish for chilly Fall days!
Goulash Ingredients & Variations
MEAT: Seasoned ground beef gives American goulash it’s rich and savory flavor, but it’s also a perfect way to use up leftover turkey, chicken, sausage, even meatballs! For a vegetarian goulash, switch out the meat for tofu and add some mushrooms, diced bell peppers, or diced potatoes!
PASTA: Traditional American goulash is made with elbow macaroni, but thicker kinds of pasta like penne, shells, or rotini will work, too!
SAUCE: A jar of pre-made pasta sauce is a real-time saver! Add some tomatoes and seasonings to make a signature dish!
How To Make American Goulash
- Brown the beef, drain & then add the sauce, diced tomatoes, & seasonings.
- Add noodles to sauce and heat through.
- Serve immediately.
In the Crock Pot: Sauté the onion with beef in a skillet. Place all ingredients in a crock pot and cook on low for 2 hours on low or 1 hour on high, or until the pasta is tender.
In the Instant Pot: Set the Instant pot to sauté and cook the onion with the beef. Drain and then add the remaining ingredients. Seal and cook on high for 25 minutes. Allow for a natural steam release. Stir and serve.
What Do You Eat With Goulash?
Recipe Tips – Can You Freeze Goulash with Pasta?
Leftover American Goulash tastes better the next day! Keep it covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and reheat it on the stovetop, oven or in the microwave. It’s great as a next day lunch at school or work.
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- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 large onion chopped
- 16 oz elbow macaroni
- 14 oz diced tomatoes
- 28 ounce pasta sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- Brown beef and onions in a large skillet. Drain fat.
- Add the pasta sauce, diced tomatoes, and seasonings to the beef. Simmer 15 minutes.
- While sauce is simmering cook elbow noodles according to package directions.
- Stir noodles into the ground beef sauce. Simmer 2-3 minutes. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
1 green bell pepper to cook with the beef and onions