Sunday, December 7, 2008

Basic Ground Beef American Goulash

Basic Ground Beef American Goulash - a quick and easy ground beef, macaroni and tomato skillet meal. Stir in 1/2 cup of cubed Velveeta for a cheesy version.

Basic Ground Beef American Goulash

This recipe is a basic American goulash - one of those easy to throw together, I'm in a hurry and need to feed my family quick skillet meals, sort of akin to a simple homemade Hamburger Helper meal, really. Hey, while you're here, be sure to pop by to see my "Deep South" version of goulash! Just click the link to go there.

Here's how to make the basic version.

Recipe: Basic Ground Beef American Goulash

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 15 min |Cook time: 25 min | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings

  • 1-1/2 cups of dry elbow macaroni
  • 1-1/2 pounds of ground chuck
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon of seasoning salt (like Lawry's)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning (like Slap Ya Mama), or to taste, optional
  • 2 small bay leaves
  • 1 (8 ounce) tomato sauce
  • Pinch of granulated sugar, optional
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans of diced tomatoes, undrained
  • Red pepper flakes, optional

Cook the macaroni according to the package directions for al dente. Reserve two cups of the pasta water; drain macaroni and set aside. Meanwhile, using a lidded skillet, saute the ground beef uncovered until done; drain off any excess fat. Add the onion and garlic and continue sauteing about 5 minutes. Add the Italian seasoning, seasoned salt, pepper, Cajun seasoning, and bay leaves; blend. Add the tomato sauce, undrained diced tomatoes and sugar, scraping up any browned bits in the bottom of the skillet. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the cooked, drained macaroni, and stir in enough of the reserved pasta water as needed to loosen; continue to simmer until pasta is warmed through, adding additional pasta water as needed. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes if desired, stir, remove from heat, discard bay leaves and serve immediately.

Cook's Notes: For a cheesy variation, cube 1/2 cup of Velveeta and stir in just before serving, until melted and creamy.

Chili Mac: Add up to 2-1/2 tablespoons of chili powder (or to taste) and 1/2 teaspoon of cumin to the recipe. Stir in 1/2 cup of Velveeta (or shredded cheddar) as noted above, topping with another 1/2 cup. Cover and cook over low until cheese melts. Garnish with sliced green onions, fresh diced tomatoes, sour cream or your other favorite chili toppings.


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  1. Oh my goodness, I have went to heaven, made the old fashioned pan rolls. Pure Heaven thank You for sharing, you have made our day.

  2. Yay Sherry - glad you enjoyed both dishes! Thanks so much for taking the time to come back and comment - I appreciate that!

  3. im glad i stumbled on to your website u got a lot of great recipes cant wait to try them

  4. Vrey good and super easy! My family doesn't like tomato chunks so I put more tomato sauce and doubled the other ingredients! Loved it!

  5. Absolutely awesome. Not quite the memory I grew up eating in Minnesota, but definitely helped to satisfy the craving I was having for home comfort food. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Yeah, I don't know how they do it up that way, but I'm happy you enjoyed my version & thanks for letting me know!

  6. I am making this for dinner now. I am certain it will become a family favorite in our house. I shared this on FB directing folks to your FB page & back to this site for more good recipes. What sells me most is that it has none of the ingredients my husband would pick out (like bell pepper).

    1. I do have another version we like that has bell pepper - oddly enough my husband will eat that cooked in foods. Good thing too because we cook a lot with bell pepper down here!! He will not eat a stuffed pepper though - well, he'll eat the stuffing but not the pepper!

      Thanks so much for the share too!!

  7. From New Zealand and going to make this tonite or at the weekend. We NZners/English make goulash with cubed steak like a casserole so am interested to see how this comes out. Thanks so much for the dish. Get back to you on how it goes...:-)

    1. I hope you enjoy it & look forward to hearing what you thought! I have another goulash too linked about called "Southern Beef and Sausage Goulash" that is more of a Deep South take on the American goulash. It's delicious!

  8. Trying this tonight!

  9. Hi I want to make this tonight but I need to know if its spicy? I have to feed it to 4 kids under 5 lol Thanks

    1. Hey Ashley! It is not, assuming you leave out the Cajun seasoning and red pepper flakes, and go easy on the black pepper of course. I would also opt for garlic powder & not too much, over fresh chopped garlic, which can have a bit of heat to it. That should do it!

  10. Mom used to use Bloody Mary Mix in hers, not sure if she substituted for the water, or if a ratio was used, but oh it was so delicious. I have never been able to duplicate it since she died. I should have paid better attention I guess.

    1. Oh yeah, lots of delicious flavor in that - I'll have to try it Shelly - thanks! So sorry for your loss - I'm in that club too and I miss my Mama so much. {{{HUGS}}}

  11. I just tried this, it was amazing! My boys lined up to get a second plate lol..thanks for the great recipe!

    1. Boy that's a good sign Becky! I'm so glad they enjoyed it and thank you so much for letting me know!!


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