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Chef John's American Goulash

Though different from its Hungarian forefather, this super easy American goulash is every bit as delicious and comforting as the original. Though it goes by many names, including Slumgullion, Chili Mac, and Johnny Marzetti, the principle is constant to stretch a small amount of beef into enough food for a not-so-small family, in the least fussy way possible. Anyone can make this, but Chef John has a few easy tips to guarantee you the best version. Everything goes in one pot, and you'll want to brown the onions and beef first and evaporate the liquids before adding the spices in to toast. Simmering the macaroni last minute and checking for doneness periodically will also give you a leg up in this laid-back but highly rewarding game of goulash in which the winnings far outweigh the work. Get the recipe for Chef John's American Goulash.

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