Lunch Lady Texas Goulash


One of our favorite school lunches. Source: From the archives of the Irving Independent School District in Irving, Texas.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • ¼ cup chopped green bell pepper

  • ¼ cup chopped onion

  • 1 ½ cups canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained

  • ¾ cup tomato paste

  • 2 cups water

  • 2 tablespoons water

  • 3 tablespoons chili powder

  • 2 teaspoons white sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 (8 ounce) package dry elbow macaroni


  1. Cook and stir ground beef, bell pepper, and onion in a large pot over medium-high heat until beef is browned and crumbly and vegetables are soft, 5 to 7 minutes.

  2. Pour pinto beans into a saucepan and cook over medium heat until heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste.

  3. Combine 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons water, chili powder, sugar, salt, and pepper in a small bowl; stir into the beef mixture. Add pinto bean mixture. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

  4. While goulash cooks, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain.

  5. Mix cooked macaroni into the goulash, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

376 Calories
11g Fat
48g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 376
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 621mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 16mg 79%
Calcium 67mg 5%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 813mg 17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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