This version of classic American beef goulash makes an easy one-pot meal for the whole family. We love it.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 5 mins
total:
1 hr 25 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot pot until browned and crumbly, about 10 minutes; drain and discard grease. Stir onion and garlic into beef; cook and stir until onion is translucent, about 10 minutes.

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  • Stir tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, water, sofrito, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, seasoned salt, and bay leaves into beef mixture. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until flavors blend, about 20 minutes.

  • Pour macaroni into beef mixture, cover the pot, and continue simmering until pasta is tender and flavors are completely blended, about 25 minutes. Discard bay leaves.

Nutrition Facts

442 calories; protein 28.3g 57% DV; carbohydrates 41.5g 13% DV; fat 18.1g 28% DV; cholesterol 68.6mg 23% DV; sodium 1270.8mg 51% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
06/09/2014
Goulash (or often called chili macs in my house) is something that I typically throw together without a recipe, since I've made it so many times. The addition of the bay leaves, worcestershire sauce, and sofrito (I made my own and always have this in the freezer) were several ingredients that I typically don't include, but I liked the new layers of flavor that they bring. I followed the recipe with the exception of scaling back the seasoned salt. One thing in particular I like about this recipe is that you cook your macaroni in the goulash mixture, so you're saving yourself one more pan to wash. Just watch your time on this step, as the macaroni will absorb the liquid pretty quickly, and you may need to add a little more water (I did). The one seasoning I missed was chili powder, but that's my own personal taste that I know many don't include in goulash. This is just good old-fashioned comfort food. Thanks Dawn Bohler. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
06/13/2017
This recipe calls for 3 cups of water, however the directions don't say when or how to use the water. Next time I will cook the macaroni before adding it to the meat mix. This recipe says to add macaroni to the meat mixture until tender. It sucks up all of the liquid and doesn't cook correctly when adding it uncooked. That part was very confusing. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/09/2014
Goulash (or often called chili macs in my house) is something that I typically throw together without a recipe, since I've made it so many times. The addition of the bay leaves, worcestershire sauce, and sofrito (I made my own and always have this in the freezer) were several ingredients that I typically don't include, but I liked the new layers of flavor that they bring. I followed the recipe with the exception of scaling back the seasoned salt. One thing in particular I like about this recipe is that you cook your macaroni in the goulash mixture, so you're saving yourself one more pan to wash. Just watch your time on this step, as the macaroni will absorb the liquid pretty quickly, and you may need to add a little more water (I did). The one seasoning I missed was chili powder, but that's my own personal taste that I know many don't include in goulash. This is just good old-fashioned comfort food. Thanks Dawn Bohler. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2016
This was really good. And YES, easy! I couldn't find sofrito sauce, so it was left out. What I did do was use Italian seasoned diced tomatoes, and in lieu of 2 lbs hamburger I used just 1 pound, and subbed 1 pound ground Sweet Italian sausage. Really kicked it up a notch! Made a batch last night, and taking a batch to a friend tonight who had a family medical emergency. :) Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
06/13/2017
This recipe calls for 3 cups of water, however the directions don't say when or how to use the water. Next time I will cook the macaroni before adding it to the meat mix. This recipe says to add macaroni to the meat mixture until tender. It sucks up all of the liquid and doesn't cook correctly when adding it uncooked. That part was very confusing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2017
I didn't have sofrito, so I chopped up some green pepper and added some pepper, cumin, salt, avocado oil and a dash of chile pepper. Used gluten free pasta. Husband said it's the best goulash he's ever had! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/07/2015
Super easy and it was a hit with my family. The only change I made was using diced tomatoes with onion and garlic rather than chopping garlic and onions. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/07/2016
My prep time was longer than advertised, but the end result was well worth it. I made a half recipe and it was plenty for 2 adults 2 kids. I couldn't find the sofrito, so added some chopped green peppers instead and it was still a great dish. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/29/2015
Just like Mom used to make!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2017
Doubled everything and fed a crowd. They all raved! I made my own Italian seasoning (using Italian seasoning II from this site). Had no problem finding the sofrito sauce in the Mexican aisle of my local store. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/31/2019
Although the flavor was terrific as an Italian cook I can t abide soft pasta. My only change in the future would be to cook pasta separately and add right before serving. Read More
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