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Goulash recipes with ground beef – Try this old-fashioned and easiest recipe with ground beef!

In this fantastic recipe guide, I am to share the most simple and old fashioned goulash recipe with you guys, which is the toothsome combination of tangy ingredients like onions, ground beef, bell pepper and elbow macaroni that are seasoned in a tomato mixture, and the most fantastic thing about this recipe is that it can be prepared in the shortest duration! For many years, I have seen people’s love for old-fashioned goulash recipes with ground beef as nothing could replace this classic, soulful delightful bowl!

Goulash recipes with ground beef
Goulash recipes with ground beef

Everyone is always up when it’s a turn to try something very comforting. Goulash recipes with ground beef come up with the unique soulful vibe that is loved by each one of us! Today, you could find many goulash recipes that are studded with exotic ingredients. Yet, no one shares the classic and old-fashioned goulash recipes with ground beef, so that’s why I thought of sharing this traditional old-fashioned goulash recipe with ground beef and some simple ingredients. This comforting, hearty recipe can be categorized into a one-pot easy-peasy recipe that will be loved by your whole family!

Classic goulash recipes with ground beef are my favorite recipes as I have a thing for classic old-fashioned recipes! The tangy, soulful bowl consisting of onions, ground beef, bell pepper, and macaroni tossed in a sweet-sour tomato sauce is enough to brighten up the start of your happy weekend! This hearty recipe is most suitable for those busy weekends when you can’t invest in long-duration recipes; this single amazing recipe would be there to be your savior, which can be cooked in simple 45 minutes!

Additionally, you can expand your horizon of exoticness to try different flavorful ingredients and spices like paprika, mushrooms or spinach. Do not forget to go through some amazing tips and versions that you can try in all your goulash recipes with ground beef. Before starting our goulash recipe guide, let me disclose the deliciousness of the goulash recipe with those who are oblivious to this one-pot, soulful dish!

What is the Goulash recipe?

What is the Goulash recipe
What is the Goulash recipe

Well, there are several versions and types of goulash recipes with ground beef or without ground beef. One of the most popular goulash recipes is Hungarian goulash, this unique type of goulash is a seasoned stew prepared with exotic vegetables and meat. However, goulash recipes with ground beef are the most common and immensely liked by everyone! The recipe that I am going to share with you guys is American goulash. This recipe is prepared with finely ground beef, broth, tomatoes and pasta. While I was growing up, I always enjoyed this recipe to the fullest, and today I love to have it as a comforting food bowl for a relaxing weekend night! This fantastic one-pot meal is full of soulful flavors that delight the taste buds!

What’s in Goulash Recipe?

These are some of the most common ingredients used in all goulash recipes with ground beef, explore here!

  1. Yellow onion: You can use both, white or red varieties of onions to substitute yellow onions. 
  2. Olive oil: Olive oil is most commonly utilized for sautéing purposes.
  3. Red bell pepper: Red bell peppers are primarily used for coloring purposes. You can even use distinct colors of bell peppers. Red bell peppers deliver a lovely red tint to your dish.
  4. Low-sodium chicken broth: You can use unsalted broth or standard; both will work fine. You can balance the amount of salt as per your needs.
  5. Parsley: You can use fresh parsley or even dried ones if you have only those in your pantry. Simply use one tablespoon of it.
  6. Tomato sauce: You can even use tomato puree to substitute tomato sauce. In many countries, tomato paste and tomato sauce are considered the same.
  7. Worcestershire sauce: A unique sultry flavor is evoked by this regal flavored sauce.
  8. Macaroni pasta: The brand of macaroni would highly influence the size of macaroni. So you can use a classic kitchen scale to measure it, or you can prefer the volume of your choice.
  9. Tomato paste: Use a paste of fresh tomatoes; this paste helps to evoke a unique tangy flavor in a dish. Tomato paste is essential to thicken the dish. 
  10. Ground beef: It is advised to use ground beef that is 85% lean or higher than that.
  11. Carrot: If it is convenient, you can grate the carrots. If you grate the carrots, you don’t need to sauté the recipe for too long.
  12. Garlic: I would recommend you to only use fresh garlic. Also, you can get the bottled garlic, and the dried garlic would be the last option if you don’t get the first two options. 
  13. Italian seasoning: You can also prepare your blend with 3/4 teaspoon oregano, 1/2 teaspoon marjoram, 1/2 teaspoon thyme, 3/4 teaspoon basil and 1/2 teaspoon rosemary.
  14. Paprika: Do not use smoked paprika for this dish; always go for standard sweet paprika. 
  15. Salt and pepper: These two are the most common ingredients essential for seasoning. Use them as per your need.

Can you make goulash ahead of time?

Whenever I want to make goulash ahead of time, I always cook pasta as per the packaging directions and keep it aside. Afterwards, I prepare the ground beef for the dish and keep everything in the refrigerator, storing it in an airtight container. You can also store some extra sauce on the side; it would come to use if you again need to reheat it.

Simply sauté the goulash when you are all ready, get one skillet on medium-low heat and sauté goulash it with pasta; you can add some extra sauce if you want. Keep stirring the mixture until it gets thoroughly heated; afterwards, serve it.

Can you freeze classic goulash?

Can you freeze classic goulash
Can you freeze classic goulash

Yes, you can freeze the recipe! Still, I would suggest you to undercook macaroni slightly if you are preparing your recipe ahead of time. After cooking the macaroni slightly, simply take it out from the heat source and let it get cool. That’s because when you again reheat it, the pasta will be cooked entirely instead of getting mushy. Just the night before, defrost it in the refrigerator.

Tips to enhance your Goulash recipe

  • You can omit the salt. Keep this recipe low on sodium bar. You can use canned tomatoes with a low-sodium version and the Worcestershire sauce.
  • Many times, ground beef gets stuck to the pan while browning process. To avoid this, you can drizzle up a tiny amount of olive oil into the pan.
  • You can drizzle up some chopped parsley or shredded cheese in your dish.
  • Amazingly, you can use a turkey to replace beef if you want to lighten this heavy recipe. Add any extra vegetables to replace the pasta.
  • You can use simple Italian seasoning if you want to save time; replace the usual seasoning of this dish with it.
  • In order to make this goulash with cream sauce, simply pour 1 cup of sour cream into it. You could even pour 1/2 cup of cheese in the midst of the cooking while goulash is getting cooked.
  • Though many goulash recipes with ground beef require macaroni, you can even use egg noodles to substitute the macaroni for your dish if you don’t have macaroni in your pantry.
  • You can use beef broth to substitute water to enhance the flavor so that your pasta soaks up much more flavor while cooking.

Simple Goulash Recipe with Ground Beef

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Simple Goulash Recipe with Ground Beef
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Though this recipe might sound very simple, trust me, it tastes amazingly delicious. This soulful one-pot meal could be prepared with simple ingredients. This hearty recipe will remind you of all those classic, old-fashioned goulash recipes with ground beef cooked by your grandma, and it will never fail to delight your mood on busy weekends!
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 45 minutes
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Simple Goulash Recipe with Ground Beef
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Though this recipe might sound very simple, trust me, it tastes amazingly delicious. This soulful one-pot meal could be prepared with simple ingredients. This hearty recipe will remind you of all those classic, old-fashioned goulash recipes with ground beef cooked by your grandma, and it will never fail to delight your mood on busy weekends!
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 Servings 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 45 minutes
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Heat up some oil in a large-sized skillet on medium heat flame. Pour onion and cook it till it becomes soft, for 5 minutes. Pour the garlic and cook it for 1 minute, or to the point it becomes fragrant.
  2. Pour ground beef and cook it for 6 minutes or until all pinkish tint is diminished. Drain all the fat and keep it in the pan. Use some salt and pepper to season it.
  3. Mix some tomato paste into it and stir well to coat, then stream some tomato sauce, broth and diced tomatoes. Use paprika and Italian seasoning to season it, and stir in some macaroni. Simmer it and keep cooking, stir it at regular intervals, for 15 minutes or to the point pasta becomes tender and soft.
  4. Add some cheese and take it out from the heat source.
  5. Drizzle up some parsley before serving the dish.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Simple Goulash Recipe with Ground Beef
Amount Per Serving
Calories 416 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 49%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 573mg 24%
Potassium 339mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.4g 2%
Sugars 0.4g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 3%
Iron 12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Bhagyashree
Hello everyone, this is Bhagyashree! First of all, I would sincerely thank you for giving a valuable moment to discover my food blog! Though I am not a professional chef, food blogging and cooking has always been in my nerves since I found the magic and creativity that I can evoke through different pantry arts!