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Easy Beef Goulash recipe

Easy Beef Goulash recipe

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  • Beef
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  • Steak
  • Stewing steak

A simple goulash recipe - needs some time as the beef needs to stew slowly for about 1-1 1/2 hours, so you just need to plan ahead a little. This goes well with noodles, mash or dumplings.

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IngredientsServes: 2

  • 500g beef stewing steak
  • oil for the pan
  • knob of butter for the pan
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 1 carrot, finely sliced
  • 250ml beef stock
  • salt and pepper to taste

MethodPrep:5min ›Cook:1hr20min ›Ready in:1hr25min

  1. Wash the meat, pat dry with kitchen paper and cut into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Heat oil in a pan and sear the meat on all sides. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. Add some butter to the hot pan type and briefly fry the onion until translucent. Add tomato puree and stew briefly. Pour in the stock and add the meat and the carrots. Cover the pan and stew for 60-90 minutes over a low heat. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

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Reviews in English (4)

Can you add tinned chopped tomatoes to this recipe-10 Jan 2017

made this twice but added a red pepper and served with rice! yummy yummy-29 Jul 2013

by JacksBack

This is not Goulash! It's just a really basic beef stew! There is no flavour in this dish, it's just Boring & tasteless! If I could give it no stars I would.-02 Jul 2016(Review from this site AU | NZ)

Easy Beef Goulash

Easy Beef Goulash is a quick and easy pasta dinner that can take the place of hamburger helper.

Easy Beef Goulash is so easy to make. Vintage recipes can often be made with a quick look inside your pantry. This recipe is flexible as you can use either egg noodles or pasta. So this recipe is a perfect way to use up random bits of pasta. This recipe also contains tomato sauce, canned mushrooms, ground beef, and noodles. You can make this recipe in no time at all. Easy Beef Goulash can be made in about 25 minutes, and it takes great when you reheat it the next day, so it is a great recipe to make for when you want a quick and easy dinner.

In years past people used a lot less boxed mixes, so there were less preservatives, and chances are your grocery bill was a little less too. One of the reasons a lot of people like retro style recipes is that it is easy to modify a recipe. For example, if you love cheese, you could add cheese to this dish, without any trouble at all.

Craving Comfort Food? Make This Easy Keto Beef Goulash

Heat a large pot or dutch oven on the stove to medium heat. Add the ground beef, onion, celery, and garlic. Break up and brown the meat with the vegetables.

Add the remaining vegetables, marinara sauce, basil, seasonings, and broth. Stir everything well.

Cover pot and let simmer on the stove at medium/low heat for about 20 minutes, until veggies are tender. Stir every so often. Serve warm and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8 cups, Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: 235 Calories | 14g Fat | 7g Total Carbs | 1g Fiber | 20g Protein | 6g Net Carbs

Need an easy and delicious low carb soup that&rsquoll warm your soul?

Try making this easy beef goulash using zucchini, squash, and celery to keep things keto. This simple recipe is a satisfying stew using ground beef and a flavorful paprika seasoned tomato broth. It&rsquos comfort food to the max&hellip and seriously delicious!

I&rsquom confident your whole family will love this yummy keto meal and it&rsquos a great one to add to your weeknight meal rotation.

What you want to do is brown ground beef until it&rsquos no longer pink. Add the onions and garlic as the ground beef is cooking. Drain any grease and return to the pan. Sprinkle seasonings over ground beef and then add tomato sauce, tomato paste, soup, beef broth and Rotel, stir. Cover and simmer about 20 minutes, then add frozen corn and cook for 10 minutes longer. While the meat mixture is simmering, cook pasta according to package directions (or add pasta to meat mixture while simmering for a one-pot meal). Once meat mixture has finished simmering, add grated cheese and lastly, add pasta. Stir and enjoy!

This goulash recipe is perfect for an easy weeknight meal or to serve at a family gathering. Anytime is a good time for this good ol&rsquo down home goulash recipe. Yummy!

Easy One-Pot Goulash

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This Easy One-Pot Goulash is a great weeknight dinner dish that your whole family will love. It's ready for eatin' in less than 30 minutes, and it's filled with tons of hearty, beefy flavor, so this one pot goulash is sure to become a family-favorite in no time. Whip up this easy goulash recipe the next time you're looking for a quick dinner idea and you'll please the whole gang.

What You'll Need

  • 1 1 / 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 (8-ounce) package uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 (14-1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 / 2 teaspoon black pepper

What to Do

  1. In a soup pot over high heat, brown ground beef with onion 6 to 8 minutes, or until no pink remains in the beef, stirring frequently.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer 7 to 8 minutes, or until macaroni is tender. Serve immediately.


  • We like to add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese right before serving our goulash. And if you're looking for more recipes like our Easy One-Pot Goulash, be sure to check out our collection of 10 Easy Goulash Recipes.
  • We suggest that this quick and easy dinner be followed by a quick and decadent dessert! How about a cool and creamy bowl of our Chocolate Cookie Pudding or one of our chocolaty, No-Bake Brownies?
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It was easy to make and very tasty. I will make it again and again.

Typically I'm not a big fan of goulash, but this is just so simple and tasty, it won me over.

Made it yesterday and it turned out great, added one green pepper cut up like my mother put in her goulash.

I can't believe how easy this was for something that is so tasty and satisfying! I did add some diced onion and a tablespoon of smoked paprika, though, and sprinkled a light topping of sharp cheddar on the top. Is it still goulash? lol

Hi there! Yes, you can drain the beef in this recipe, however it is not required. Enjoy!

This is a really good. How big are the serving?

Hello, this recipe serves 4 people. :)

I would like to try this. I would like nutritional analysis

There are websites where you can go plug in the recipe info and it will give you what you're looking for. Or you might be more interested in Mr. Food's Diabetic recipe site, where info is usually provided.

This is similar to my recipe but I also add green peppers.

I have made this for years, as did my mom. Instead of beef broth, I use water, and the taste is still good. When the mixture boils I add 2 cups of frozen mixed vegetables (mom used peas an carrots), and when it comes to a boil again, I add the macaroni. When the pasta is done, it's ready to eat. For a little more tomato flavor you can use a bigger can of tomatoes or a bit of ketchup! This is my stand-by quick and nutritious meal.

Just finished making and trying this dish as is. Was very good. Next time will add some chili powder and maybe mix in some cheddar cheese at the end. Sure beats hamburger helper. lol

So easy to make! Quick week night dinner. I made biscuits to go along with it. I will definitely make this again. YUM!

Have made this for years. I was just wondering why the broth?

Hey there, we use the broth in this recipe to cook the macaroni, because it goes in uncooked. Thanks for your question.

Super easy, fast, and yummy. I like more noodles than meat and making for two (with intentions of leftovers) so I only added one pound of ground beef (93% lean) and it was a perfect ratio for me. I may add some celery along with the onions next time.

I always rence the grease off of my hamburger with water. Because it's a healthier way to make one pot goulash. It tastes great this way too.

Hi my husband loves this goulash, it's so easy to make.

Can someone please tell me if you need to drain the grease after cooking the hamburger? I would like a opinion of someone that has drained the grease and one who has not if possible please and thank you

Yes, always drain grease after cooking hamburger unless there isn't any grease in bottom of pan. Nothing worse than greasy hotdish or sloppy joes. If you use 93% hamburger you may just use paper towel in pan to soak up the little bit of grease.

What are the nutritional facts for this?

Figure it out yourself. This is a recipe site, not a health sciences course.

It's the best meal I've made yet. It was soooo good. Thanks Mr. Food

In fact, plan to make it again tonight

Thank you - we're so happy you loved it! We'd love it if you could share a photo of your dish with us on Facebook so we can share your great experience with everyone. :)

We had several kids over for a playdate, and I made this for dinner. It was so good, and got thumbs up, from all the kids, even my picky one! I ended up adding about 2/3 of a small can, or about 4 oz. of tomato paste, a round or two of Worcestershire, and as it sat, it got too thick, for our taste, so I continued to add beef stock, as we went. When I warmed it, the next day, for lunch, it was thicker, still, so I added more. Ended up using nearly 32 oz. of broth, all told. It was delicious, and will be put into regular rotation! So easy and almost no cleanup! Thanks!

Made this tonight and doubled the recipe, was feeding 10 people. Everyone kept saying how good it was. Will be making this again and also trying more recipes on this site. Thumbs up.

My son and I made this tonight. so easy and sooo good!

how do you make 8 ounces of macaroni using measuring cups

Typically you would not measure the macaroni, you would weigh it. You can purchase macaroni in 8-ounce boxes or if you find a 16-ounce box, just use half. Thank you for your question!

I'm assuming you drain the ground beef after cooking it? Sorry, I'm new here and am used to recipes being very specific :)

Yes you can drain the grease, it will depend on the leanness of your ground meat.

Have been making this for over 40 years an been a family favorite all that time.

Thanks for sharing! We hope it continues to be a family favorite for many more years! :)

Made for dinner and it is delicious. The family (3 adults) loved it, huge servings and we had alot left over. Followed the recipe as written.

I made this for lunch and it is so good. followed the recipe as written.

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Easy Hungarian Beef Goulash

Quite simply, one of the tastiest things I’ve ever made! This Easy Hungarian Beef Goulash features meltingly tender beef in an unbelievably delicious sauce flavoured with paprika and caraway seeds. Quick and easy to prepare and very little washing up. What’s not to like?

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Don’t you just love it when a recipe just works? I have made and eaten goulash a handful of times in my life, but for some reason I haven’t made it in years. Then, a few weeks ago I tried a similar recipe from The Spicery and I was reminded just how much I like these flavours.

So, I set about trying to come up with a really super tasty, super easy version of a goulash that I thought my Easy Peasy Foodie readers would love…and this is the result. And it really is wonderful. I mean like, insanely wonderful – I can’t remember the last time I had something quite so nice…

Now, obviously I love all the recipes that feature on Easy Peasy Foodie. It is one of the key criteria by which I choose which recipes are allowed on my blog and which are not – if I don’t like it, it doesn’t get on! (And believe me, there are a whole load of duds which don’t make it anywhere near this website!)

But this recipe, it was like another level of deliciousness – I surprised myself! The first time I tried this will go down in history as one of the great foodie moments of my life (and most of the other ones involve expensive restaurants!) and the most fabulous thing is this recipe is really easy, I mean really, really easy – for a start it only has 8 ingredients and it’s basically a case of frying a few things, which takes less than 15 minutes, and then shoving it in the oven for 2 hours… Oh how I like this style of easy peasy cooking…I am almost hoping it doesn’t get too hot this summer so I can keep on making easy peasy one pot stews and casseroles.

This recipe features my lovely red cast iron casserole dish AGAIN! Hungarian Beef Goulash is THE PERFECT recipe to do in a cast iron, hobproof casserole dish. But if you don’t have one, use either an ovenproof saucepan or just use a regular saucepan. And then, when the goulash is ready to go in the oven, pop it into a regular casserole dish and add 5 minutes on to the cooking time to allow for the time it takes the casserole dish to warm up. But really I just suggest you go out and buy a fabulous cast iron casserole dish like mine* because they are amazing!

I have used lardons in this recipe, because it is such an easy shortcut: I use Tesco Finest Oak Smoked Lardons, but if you prefer, just use smoked bacon cut up small instead. I put the peppers in half way through cooking to keep some of the lovely texture, but if you want to go out somewhere while your goulash is cooking, put the peppers in just before the goulash goes in the oven – the flavour and goodness of the peppers will still be in there, they will just be a bit softer!

I have chosen to serve this beef goulash with brown rice as I think it goes brilliantly and helps to make it more healthy, but feel free to use white rice, pasta or mashed potatoes if you prefer. Or, for a super easy meal, just serve with crusty French bread. I also love to serve my goulash with a blob of sour cream and a sprinkling of parsley, but leave these out if that’s too much hassle!

And of course this is a great meal to make a double quantity of and either put the other half in the fridge for the next day or freeze for the future. Or why not freeze in individual portions to microwave at work and make all your colleagues green with envy!

This kind of stew goes really well with a Cotes du Rhone or southern French Grenache-based red. A Rioja would work quite well here too.

How to Make Old-Fashioned Goulash

Making an old-fashioned goulash is super simple. The entire dish comes together in about 30 minutes. It’s easy enough for a busy weeknight. Here are the steps you can take to make an old-fashioned goulash:

  • Cook Macaroni – Cook macaroni noodles in a large pot of salted boiling water. Cook for 3 minutes less than the package directions recommend. This will prevent the noodles from overcooking and getting too soft in the goulash.
  • Brown the Ground Beef – While the macaroni is cooking, heat a large pan over medium heat. Brown the ground Beef, diced onion and minced garlic. Cook for about 10 minutes until the onions are soft and the Beef is fully cooked (160°F) and crumbled.
  • Simmer Goulash – Add the tomatoes (diced and sauce) and Worcestershire sauce. Stir and allow to simmer for about 15 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning.
  • Add Cooked Macaroni – Stir in the cooked macaroni noodles and cheese. Enjoy!

Let’s Get Cooking


  1. 2 pounds ground beef
  2. 1 large yellow onion diced
  3. 3 cloves garlic minced
  4. 2 14.5 ounce cans Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes Garlic
  5. 2 15 ounce cans tomato sauce
  6. 3 cups water
  7. 2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
  8. 3 bay leaves
  9. 1/2 Tablespoon salt
  10. 1/2 Tablespoon pepper
  11. 2 cups large elbow macaroni (uncooked)


In a large pot on medium heat cook ground beef to medium and add diced onion and minced garlic. Continue cooking until meat has browned completely. Spoon off excess fat.

Add Fire Roasted tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, seasoning, salt, pepper and bay leaves to the beef and onion mixture. Lower heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in uncooked pasta.

Decrease heat once again to low and simmer for 30 minutes or until pasta is tender stirring occasionally.


What is Goulash?

Goulash is a soup or stew of meat, usually seasoned with paprika and other spices. Originating from medieval Hungary, goulash is a popular meal predominantly eaten in Central Europe but also in other parts of Europe. It typically doesn’t even have pasta in it but this American version does and cooks right in the sauce making it an easy complete meal. This is a popular n the mid-western and southern part of the United States. Often referred to simply as “Goulash”, this recipe is one of those feel-good, home-style dishes that remind you of home.

Goulash is filled with ground beef, onion and bell peppers along with macaroni noodles in a tomato-based sauce. I like to stir in some sharp cheddar cheese at the end to give it a creamy texture.

Meat: Though ground beef is traditional, any ground meat—chicken, turkey, pork, lamb—may be substituted. It could also be made vegetarian with the addition of meatless veggie crumbles.

Pasta shape: Elbow macaroni is traditional but any small cut of pasta will work.

Bulkier: To add more volume to your goulash for few calories, add more vegetables such as mushrooms, corn, zucchini, etc.

Thicker: I like to make this old-fashioned Goulash saucy. If you don’t, use one can of diced tomatoes instead of two. It also thickens up a lot as it sits to make it ahead of time. Many like it better as leftovers the day after when it has thickened and the flavors have melded.

Spicier: There are lots of way to add more flavor to suit your tastes. Soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, tomato paste, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, etc.

Southwestern/Chile Mac: For a spicy southwest/chile mac variation, add 1 cup of drained corn and 1-2 tablespoons chili powder when adding the tomatoes.

Cheesy: Stir in or top with your favorite grated or shredded cheese.

Vegetarian/Vegan: Substitute your favorite ground plant based crumbles for the ground beef.