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 - 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 and check that one out.

Here's how to make the basic version.

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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 pounds ground chuck
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt (like Lawry's), or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (like Slap Ya Mama), or to taste, optional
  • 1-1/2 cups water or beef stock/broth
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 small bay leaves
  • 1-1/2 cups dry elbow macaroni

Saute the ground beef until done; drain off excess fat, if needed. Add the onion and garlic and continue sautéing about 5 minutes. Add the Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, seasoned salt and Cajun seasoning; blend. Add the water or beef broth and stir well, scraping the bottom of the pan. Add the tomato sauce, diced tomato and bay leaves, bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the macaroni, stir, cover and continue to simmer for 15 to 20 minutes longer, or until pasta is cooked through, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, taste and adjust seasonings and let sit for 5 minutes. Remove bay leaves and serve.

Cook's Notes: For a cheesy variation, cube 1/2 cup of Velveeta and stir in just before serving, until melted and creamy. May also use two cans diced tomatoes, or reduce tomato sauce to 8 ounce can and add in one can of diced tomatoes with green chilies (like Rotel), to kick up the heat.

For the Instant Pot: Prepare as above; set manual for 4 minutes, then quick release. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

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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