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This American goulash is very family friendly and is so much better (in my opinion) than the goulash I grew up with. My mom used to make Hungarian goulash all the time. I think this was her way of using up discounted or soon to be expired meat. Hungarian goulash is not a kids favorite meal. It was more of a beef stew that was heavy on the tomatoes and paprika. Sometimes mom threw in potatoes, but often we just had a side of crusty bread.
American goulash does not have the big, hunks of chewy meat I was forced to consume, it is made with ground beef instead. It is still a tomato-based dish, but to make it more appealing to the whole family it is also made with elbow macaroni.
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What Is American Goulash?
American goulash is pure comfort food that is similar to a chili mac recipe without the cheese and the spice. It is a one-pot meal that makes short work of dinner, which is just what you want for your back to school routine. The ingredients for this recipe are basic, as is the method. Everything you need is totally accessible and are, for the most part, pantry staples.
Can American Goulash Be Frozen?
Yes! Allow the goulash to cool slightly before placing it in a freezer safe container. The dish should last for 1-2 months in the freezer. When you are ready to use the goulash, run warm water around the outside of the container to loosen the contents. Pour the American goulash into a large saucepan and simmer over medium-low until fully heated through.
Ingredient Substitutes For American Goulash
I like to add colorful peppers to my dishes, so I used orange bell peppers in this goulash recipe. Feel free to use green peppers, or whatever peppers you have on hand, or feel free to omit them all together. Carrots would work well.
I love used fire-roasted diced tomatoes, but you could use any type of canned tomato you would like.
Elbow macaroni works great in this recipe because of its size, you could use almost any other pasta, but I would keep it small so that it doesn’t overpower the meat.
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- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- ¼ cup diced onions
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- ⅓ cup diced orange pepper
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 1 14 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
- 1 14 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 ¼ cup elbow macaroni
Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add onions and allow them to soften for 2-3 minutes. Ad ground beef. Cook until the beef is no longer pink. Add orange peppers and garlic. Season mixture with salt, oregano, basil, and paprika. Cook another 3-5 minutes, or until peppers start to soften. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and broth.
Bring mixture to a low boil. Stir in pasta, cover, reduce heat and cook until the liquid has absorbed and pasta is al dente (about 10-12 minutes).
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 0mg Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Protein: 0g