Classic American Goulash Recipe
What is goulash anyway?
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American Goulash vs Hungarian Goulash
Paprika in Goulash
The dish is full of noodles, meat, and veggies, so it is a hearty provincial style dish. What really sets goulash apart is paprika. Lots of paprika. If you told me that “goulash” translated to tons of paprika then I wouldn’t be surprised in the least. When it comes to paprika, there are a few different types to consider.
Paprika is made from sweet red pepper. However, there is also a type of hot paprika that is common in Hungarian dishes. Make sure you know which is which… The hot version of paprika is great but it will burn your face off if you use it like the sweet style paprika.
Smoked paprika uses smoked peppers and it is usually on the sweet and smoky side. I have never seen smoky hot paprika but I am sure it is out there somewhere.
Paprika is found in many Hungarian dishes, but it is actually originated in North Africa. Great flavors travel well and sometimes they find a special home in regions far, far away!
How do you make American Style Goulash?
More skillet style dishes
Easy skillet dishes are the best. You can use one big skillet to handle everything so clean up is a cinch. Plus, they tend to cook in layers of flavor as you add the ingredients. Tasty and convenient? A winner all around. Here are a few other skillet dishes to try:
- 2 pounds lean ground beef
- 1 medium sized sweet onion, chopped
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 1 1/2 cups carrots, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups celery, chopped
- 1 - 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
- 2 - 8 ounce cans tomato sauce
- 12 ounces macaroni noodles, or what you have on hand
Brown ground beef with onion and celery, sprinkled with salt and pepper.
Drain any excess grease.
Return to pan, add carrots, tomatoes and tomato sauce.
Simmer for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
While sauce is simmering, boil, drain and rinse noodles.
Add to sauce, combine and serve.
May be topped with Parmesan cheese.
Feel free to add more veggies if you like, my Mom always puts corn in hers. Use your imagination. Can be cut in half easily. I have a big family, so I cook big!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 506Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 135mgSodium: 706mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 6gSugar: 10gProtein: 49g
Nutrition isn't always accurate.
this recipe was updated to improve user experience on August 18, 2020