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.

Not to be confused, as it so often is, with it's kissing cousin, Hungarian Goulash (gulyás), a hearty, saucy and thick dish that falls somewhere between a soup and a stew of beef, potatoes and onion, much like our beef stew, except that it's usually fairly heavy on paprika.

American goulash is known around the country by a variety of names, mostly depending on where you live - including Slumgullion, or some version of that name, American Chop Suey and other names, adopted by individual families.

A classic, one pot meal, it's so easily done in just a couple of very basic steps:

1.  Brown the ground beef, drain off any excess fat and add the vegetables. I'm using onion and garlic, though sweet bell pepper or a mild hotter pepper would be good too.

2.  Add the remaining ingredients - the seasonings, stock (or water) and tomatoes and let that simmer covered, for about 20 minutes.

3. Stir in the elbow macaroni, or any other short cut pasta you have on hand, cover and let that simmer another 15-20 minutes, until the pasta is nice and tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.

Easy!

Variations

  • It's easy to adapt too, and I've included a few of those variations in my cook's notes with the recipe.

  • For a cheesy variation, cube 1/2 cup of Velveeta and stir in just before serving, until melted and creamy.

  • For a juicier goulash, increase the tomato sauce, or add an extra can of tomatoes, or even a can of condensed tomato soup.

  • Want to kick it up a bit? Use a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies (like Rotel), to fire it up!

  • Transform this into a chili macaroni by adding in some chili seasonings and finish off individual servings with sliced green onions, fresh diced tomatoes, sour cream or your other favorite chili toppings. 

  • While American Goulash is so easy on the stovetop, the Instant Pot is even easier. I've included that variation too.

  • This is one of those dishes that you can stretch by adding more pasta and increasing the liquid accordingly, or just double or triple the entire recipe easily for a potluck, church dinner on the grounds or for a funeral meal.

  • Add in other vegetables for a little extra nutrition too!

  • Hey, while we're talking variations here, be sure to pop by to see my "Deep South" variation of goulash, where I added some Deep South flair to a basic goulash. Just click the link to go there and check that one out to see the differences! 
Here's how to make the basic version.


Inexpensive.
Easy to make.
One pot.
Comforting.

Dig in!


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