Ground Beef Goulash – An Old Fashioned Goulash Recipe

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Ground Beef Goulash might be the easiest, family-pleasing meal of all time. The combination of ground beef, tomatoes, elbow macaroni and a handful of other easy ingredients comes together to create the perfect marriage of flavors. Believe us when we say, this recipe is a keeper.

Ground Beef Goulash might be the easiest, family-pleasing meal of all time. The combination of ground beef, tomatoes, and elbow macaroni and a handful of other easy ingredients comes together to create the perfect marriage of flavors. Believe us when we say, this recipe is a keeper.

American Goulash Ingredients

  • Ground Beef
  • Onion
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Minced Garlic
  • Elbow Macaroni
  • Stewed Tomatoes
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Sugar
  • Italian Seasoning

Ground Beef Goulash

Our Easy Old Fashioned Ground Beef Goulash is an American version of goulash, not the other type of goulash which is Hungarian consisting of beef stew meat, paprika and sour cream.

American Goulash comes in many variations but almost all have ground beef, elbow macaroni and some type of tomatoes. Truth be told, my goulash recipe is never the same.  I use whatever type of canned tomatoes I have at the time – stewed tomatoes, peeled tomatoes, petite diced tomatoes, they all work.

Classic Goulash Recipe

This classic goulash recipe is the most requested dinner from my three children.  No complaining, no refusing to eat. Everyone is scarfing it down because it’s delicious, and the leftovers get even tastier after a couple days.  My family tops our ground beef goulash with grated Parmesan cheese.

Our family loves this dish so much, I put together an Instant Pot version for those times I need to get dinner on the table even quicker! My Instant Pot American Goulash recipe is also a keeper.

We also have a taco-inspired version – Mexican Goulash. Does your family love Manwich? We have a Sloppy Joe Goulash featuring that classic too! If you want a meatless option, try our Eggplant Goulash recipe.

Ground Beef Goulash might be the easiest, family-pleasing meal of all time. The combination of ground beef, tomatoes, and elbow macaroni and a handful of other easy ingredients comes together to create the perfect marriage of flavors. Believe us when we say, this recipe is a keeper.

How to Make Old Fashioned Goulash Recipe:

  1. Brown ground beef and diced onions over medium heat until the meat is cooked and the onions are soft; season with salt and pepper. Stir garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds to a minute.
  2. Add undrained tomatoes to the meat mixture, and break up the tomatoes with a spoon or spatula.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients, and cook over medium heat until the elbow macaroni is cooked through.

For the full recipe and ingredient list for American Chop Suey, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Ground Beef Goulash might be the easiest, family-pleasing meal of all time. The combination of ground beef, tomatoes, and elbow macaroni and a handful of other easy ingredients comes together to create the perfect marriage of flavors. Believe us when we say, this recipe is a keeper.

Notes About American Goulash with Ground Beef:

  • This recipe has many names: goulash, American goulash, and American chop suey to name a few.
  • American goulash is a one pot meal that features ground beef, tomatoes, and elbow macaroni as the main ingredients.
  • Use whatever canned tomatoes you have on hand: stewed, diced, petite diced, peeled. If you use peeled or stewed, you may want to chop them up with a spoon so you don’t have large chunks of tomatoes.
  • Tomatoes are acidic so adding a little sugar to this dish balances it out.  It’s an old trick from Grandma, so trust us on this!
  • Add other ingredients like chopped bell pepper or corn if desired.
  • My American Chop Suey recipe calls for Italian seasoning.  What is Italian seasoning?  It’s a seasoning blend that usually contains basil, oregano, thyme. If you don’t have Italian seasoning, make your own blend at home.  I usually throw some dried parsley in with my blend.
  • Do your kids love Italian inspired dinners? Try our Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce, Spaghetti Pie and Extra Cheesy Lasagna.

One Pot Meal Recipes

We love meals that can be made in just one dish, and love sharing them with you. Not only is it extremely easy to make these types of meals, it also makes clean up a breeze. So try some more of our favorite One Pot Meals:

Ground Beef Goulash might be the easiest, family-pleasing meal of all time. The combination of ground beef, tomatoes, and elbow macaroni and a handful of other easy ingredients comes together to create the perfect marriage of flavors. Believe us when we say, this recipe is a keeper.

Ground Beef Recipes

Recipes featuring ground beef (or hamburger as our family calls it) are always a hit in our house. Ground beef is versatile, and it can go into casseroles, soups, one pot meals or on sandwiches! Here are some of our favorite hamburger recipes.

Vegetable Soup with Ground Beef and V8 Juice

Hamburger Vegetable Soup with V8 Juice is the perfect meal for hungry kids and adults. With 5 simple ingredients, you can have a warm, hearty, family-pleasing soup on the table.  Using a bottle of V8 and a bag of frozen vegetables makes this meal totally doable for a busy weeknight.

Low-Carb Baked Spaghetti Squash Casserole with Ground Beef

This Low-Carb Baked Spaghetti Squash is a casserole with tons of flavor thanks to the creamy cheeses, spices and tomatoes. Your family won't complain about the lack of "real" pasta and they will ask for seconds.

Stove Top Vintage Barbecue Burgers

Vintage Barbecue BurgersThese Vintage Barbecue Burgers are full of flavor and a snap to pull together when you are looking for an easy sandwich option.

Mom’s Hamburger Gravy

Mom's Hamburger Gravy is our go-to dinner when we are short of time and starving.  The ingredients are probably already in your refrigerator and pantry, and you can have dinner on the table in 20 minutes flat.  

Cheeseburger Quiche

Cheeseburger Quiche is a winning recipe for the entire family. With the flavors of a classic cheeseburger, it's a great play on your favorite sandwich.

Frisco Tater Tot Casserole with Ground Beef

Frisco Tater Tot Casserole is an updated recipe without soup, without milk and without sour cream. It's easy and cheesy.

Ground Beef Goulash might be the easiest, family-pleasing meal of all time. The combination of ground beef, tomatoes, and elbow macaroni and a handful of other easy ingredients comes together to create the perfect marriage of flavors.
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Ground Beef Goulash - An Old Fashioned Goulash Recipe

Ground Beef Goulash might be the easiest, family-pleasing meal of all time. The combination of ground beef, tomatoes, and elbow macaroni and a handful of other easy ingredients comes together to create the perfect marriage of flavors. Believe us when we say, this recipe is a keeper.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: American Chop Suey, American Goulash, Goulash, Ground BEef Goulash, ground beef recipes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 362kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni uncooked
  • 2 cups water
  • 14.5 ounces stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning

Instructions

  • Brown ground beef and diced onions in a large skillet. Drain excess grease if needed and add back to skillet. Season beef with salt and pepper.
    Ground Beef Goulash might be the easiest, family-pleasing meal of all time. The combination of ground beef, tomatoes, and elbow macaroni and a handful of other easy ingredients comes together to create the perfect marriage of flavors. Believe us when we say, this recipe is a keeper.
  • Add garlic, uncooked elbow macaroni, water, stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, sugar and Italian seasoning to the skillet with the ground beef. Stir until mixed.
    Ground Beef Goulash might be the easiest, family-pleasing meal of all time. The combination of ground beef, tomatoes, and elbow macaroni and a handful of other easy ingredients comes together to create the perfect marriage of flavors. Believe us when we say, this recipe is a keeper.
  • Cook over medium low heat at a low simmer until the elbow macaroni is cooked to desired texture, approximately 10 minutes. If the pasta soaks up all the liquid and isn't cooked through, add a little bit more water.
    Ground Beef Goulash might be the easiest, family-pleasing meal of all time. The combination of ground beef, tomatoes, and elbow macaroni and a handful of other easy ingredients comes together to create the perfect marriage of flavors. Believe us when we say, this recipe is a keeper.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with grated Parmesan if desired.
    Ground Beef Goulash might be the easiest, family-pleasing meal of all time. The combination of ground beef, tomatoes, and elbow macaroni and a handful of other easy ingredients comes together to create the perfect marriage of flavors. Believe us when we say, this recipe is a keeper.

Notes

  • This recipe has many names: goulash, american goulash, and american chop suey to name a few.  
  • American goulash is a one pot meal that features ground beef, tomatoes, and elbow macaroni as the main ingredients.
  • Use whatever canned tomatoes you have on hand: stewed, diced, petite diced, peeled. If you use peeled or stewed, you may want to chop them up with a spoon so you don't have large chunks of tomatoes.
  • Tomatoes are acidic so adding a little sugar to this dish balances it out.  It's an old trick from Grandma. 
  • If the elbow macaroni absorbs all the cooking liquid is still isn't tender, add 1/4 cup more water.
  • Add other ingredients like chopped bell pepper or corn if desired.
  • My American Chop Suey recipe calls for Italian seasoning.  What is Italian seasoning?  It's a seasoning blend that usually contains basil, oregano, thyme. If you don't have Italian seasoning, make your own blend at home.  I usually throw some dried parsley in with my blend.
  • Do your kids love Italian inspired dinners? Try our Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce, Spaghetti Pie and Extra Cheesy Lasagna

Nutrition

Calories: 362kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 795mg | Potassium: 577mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 296IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 4mg

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23 Comments

  1. I couldn’t find a list of ingredients with this recipe. What are “all the other ingredients” do you add?

    1. Lynda – The recipe card is at the bottom of the post! You can use the “Jump to Recipe” at the top of the post to get there if you don’t feel like scrolling all the way down. Thanks.

  2. 14,5 ounces stewed tomatoes, undrained – im not sure what this means. does this mean 14 5oz stewed tomatoes? that seems too many

    1. It’s a 14.5 oz can of stewed tomatoes. Sorry, we must have used a comma instead of a period in the recipe card. It’s updated now. That’s a fairly standard size for a can of stewed tomatoes. Hope this helps.

  3. This is so similiar to my recipe except I believe it’s quicker than mine. Sounds so delicious that as soon as my son gets out of the hospital I am going to fix this!

  4. I remembered this recipe today and looked it up and found yours just to be sure I remembered the ingredients correctly. Used to cook this for my family 50family 50 ago. One of their favorites. I think it was the stewed tomatoes.And it may have been in old cookbook, 101 Ways to Cook Hamburger. Just cooked in Instant pot for first time. Delicious. Can’t mess this one up.

  5. I didn’t have macaroni so I used Penne pasta. Also the very idea of not having paprikash in anything called gulyas is almost sacrilegious go those of us of Magyar descent so I slipped some of that in. But it was great. I love one pot recipes.

  6. Yummy, I have been trying to find a recipe that reminded me of the way my grandmas goulash tasted. This is the closest I have found. I used stewed tomatoes and I had tomato sauce with garlic and oregano so I used that and a little less Italian seasoning. It was wonderful. Thank you

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