Authentic American Goulash Recipe

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I realize that some people might end up here from Google because they actually want to know how to make REAL American Goulash. Well, go buy a box of Hamburger Helper, because that’s what is basically is. No? Well, okay, fine, Google-o-phille, here is your recipe:

Home Recipe courtesy of Lenny’s Family Recipes

1 lb ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
2-4 garlic cloves, diced and smashed
1 (14 1/2 ounce) can tomatoes, dice if using whole, do not drain
1 (15 1/4 ounce) can whole kernel corn
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
8 ounces elbow macaroni
1-2 tablespoon chopped parsley, salt and pepper to taste

1. Prepare elbow macaroni according to directions on package till al dente.

2. Save a little of the pasta water in case you need it later to loosen the sauce.

3. Brown meat in a large skillet, drain the fat and add the onion and bell pepper half way through cooking.

4. Drain any remaining fat when onion and pepper is done and add garlic, stir it about.

5. Add the meat mixture to the cooked macaroni, add the canned tomatoes, corn and sauce.

6. Mix all this together and add seasoning to taste.

7. You may need to add some of the pasta water to loosen the sauce if it is too dry.

8. Invite Stephanie over for this delicious home-cooked meal. She’ll bring her low-cal homemade banana bread. But that recipe is a secret 🙂

Have your own style to make American Goulash, Hungarian Goulash, or North-East Tanzini-Ubeki-Czeci-Irani-Swonian Goulash? Please also feel free to post some of your Authentic Recipes “from Grandma” so we can keep these dishes alive!

Photo by Oliver Gruener