My grandfather came from Hungary when he was three. My grandmother made this recipe for a taste of home for him. It is Americanized, but still delicious. He added sour cream to his, while we kids we ate it plain. The consistency grandma made was like a casserole or stew rather than a soup.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef, onion, and garlic in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes.

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  • Season beef with paprika, black pepper, and seasoned salt. Stir tomato sauce and tomato paste into the beef mixture until smooth. Pour water over the beef; add macaroni and stir.

  • Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer mixture, adding water as needed to maintain your desired consistency, until the macaroni is tender yet firm to the bit, about 20 minutes. Adjust seasoning before serving.

Nutrition Facts

509 calories; protein 37.8g 76% DV; carbohydrates 46.3g 15% DV; fat 19.9g 31% DV; cholesterol 99.1mg 33% DV; sodium 1434.5mg 57% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2014
This is NOT supposed to be "Hungarian" Goulash! It is an Americanized version as plainly stated in the recipe description.It is also the way I make mine, and it is very good! There are plenty of recipes on here for Hungarian Goulash if that is what you want. Sue...please don't review a recipe unless you have made it and tried it. If you have not done so, then your review is meaningless. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/12/2015
For my family, goulash has to have diced tomatoes and celery, with a squirt of yellow mustard and a little sugar to cut the acidity of the tomatoes, in addition to the ingredients listed here. Cut back on the paprika too. 3 TBS is a bit much. 1 - 2 TBS is better. Use 2 (15 oz) cans diced tomatoes and 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce vs the 2 cans tomato sauce and 1 can tomato paste. The goulash will thicken once you add the macaroni. Add a TBS of yellow mustard to the hamburger while browning and a TBS of white sugar after you add the tomatoes. Read More
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  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2014
This is NOT supposed to be "Hungarian" Goulash! It is an Americanized version as plainly stated in the recipe description.It is also the way I make mine, and it is very good! There are plenty of recipes on here for Hungarian Goulash if that is what you want. Sue...please don't review a recipe unless you have made it and tried it. If you have not done so, then your review is meaningless. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/12/2015
For my family, goulash has to have diced tomatoes and celery, with a squirt of yellow mustard and a little sugar to cut the acidity of the tomatoes, in addition to the ingredients listed here. Cut back on the paprika too. 3 TBS is a bit much. 1 - 2 TBS is better. Use 2 (15 oz) cans diced tomatoes and 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce vs the 2 cans tomato sauce and 1 can tomato paste. The goulash will thicken once you add the macaroni. Add a TBS of yellow mustard to the hamburger while browning and a TBS of white sugar after you add the tomatoes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2014
My mom used to make it just like this and it was delicious and it's how I make it too. (although mine isn't as good, guess mine is missing the love momma put into it) My dad used to say it wasn't goulash but "slumgullion". Personally, I don't care what it's called, but if you make it, please call me to come over for supper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2014
This is a wonderful country goulash! I did add a can of diced tomatoes instead of two cans of tomato sauce. I wish I would have used a little less paprika, next time I plan on doing the same except seasoning to my liking at the end. We all have different tastes but I do think the paprika overwhelmed the wonderful meat. I will be making again, my whole family loves it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2017
This is ultimate comfort food in my family! My mom made it for us, and now I make it for my kids. In my family, we leave out paprika and use Louisiana style hot sauce to taste (we each add it at the table). I personally like to use V-8, stewed tomatoes and tomato sauce. Shredded cheese is also often added at my house! And medium shells are there pasta of choice here. Honestly, I don't feel like there is a wrong way to make this! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/18/2014
I made this for dinner tonight, and the only thing I did differently was cut the recipe in half and used 2 teaspoons of paprika. It was very good and we will have it again. It was sort of like those one dish boxed meals with better ingredients. Quick, easy, one pan. Added a salad and dinner was ready in 40 minutes. ~Colleen Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2015
OMG!! People kept telling me I was crazy because this is how I make goulash. I grew up on this recipe minus paprika.. They all said it wasn't goulash.. but now I really know.. thanks so much allrecipes people.. :-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/28/2015
This is a comfort food staple in my home. Everyone loves it. The only addition I make is to throw in frozen veggies, this last time I did frozen peas, corn and green beans. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2019
I used half the ground beef. The paprika put this over the top! I used 2 T of paprika. I used 2 cans of diced tomatoes and 1 can of tomato sauce. I used 3 or 4 T of Kikoman. Also replaced water with beef broth. It did not need extra salt. I put a bay leaf in and let the mixture simmer for 30 minutes. The rest of the recipe remained the same. I used the garlic and pepper. Oh... I also added 1 t of sugar. Then added the macaroni. I topped it with a dollop of sour cream. Best goulash ever! Read More
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