This American version of Goulash is the most comforting of all comfort food. It is warm, delicious, filling, hearty and easy to prepare ALL IN A SINGLE POT! It is the perfect family meal for a busy night!
This Goulash (aka American Chop Suey) IS THE BEST, you guys. This is one of those recipes that I literally cannot control myself around. When it is in the fridge, I eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacking until it is totally gone. It is one of the easiest, most delicious and hearty comfort food recipes I make with consistency. It is jam-packed with comfort, flavor and texture. I make this dish both for intimate family dinners and also for large gatherings. No matter the crowd, it is ALWAYS a hit. I mean, how can you go wrong with beef, pasta and tomatoes?! If you have an Instant Pot, give my super easy Instant Pot Goulash a try!
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HOW TO MAKE AMERICAN GOULASH
First and foremost, American Goulash is not the same thing as Hungarian Goulash. If you’ve come in search of an authentic Hungarian Goulash recipe, this is likely not the meal you’re looking for. If you are in search of American-style Goulash, you’ve found the best recipe on the planet! Check out the recipe card at the end of this post for the full recipe, but here is how you make Goulash in a nutshell:
Cook the beef in a saucepan or Dutch oven until no longer pink and drain grease. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft and fragrant (mmm, I LOVE the smell of sauteed garlic).
Add the remaining ingredients to the pan (including uncooked elbow macaroni! love the ease!) and bring to a boil over medium high heat.
Simmer for 30 minutes, or until pasta is tender. That’s it! Serve to hungry tummies!
NOTES ABOUT AMERICAN GOULASH
The seasoned salt in the recipe might seem weird, but don't skip it! It adds the perfect amount of seasoning. When I've skipped this ingredient in the past, I've noticed a difference in overall flavor of the dish.
One of the best things about this recipe is that it is a one-pot dinner, making it super easy-peasy.
Feel free to replace elbow macaroni with another type of pasta, as long as it is around the same size.
Replace the water with beef broth for an even more flavorful meal.
Try replacing the beef (or a portion of it) with ground pork for an added kick of flavor.
HOW TO MAKE GOULASH IN AN INSTANT POT
If you are hoping to simplify this delicious recipe even further, check out my Instant Pot Goulash recipe. It is SO easy and SO good, you guys.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AMERICAN AND HUNGARIAN GOULASH?
I’ve never made Hungarian Goulash, but based on this recipe I found from Taste of Home here are the ingredients you’ll find in Hungarian Goulash that you will not find in American Goulash: carrots, green peppers, stew meat (instead of ground beef), beef broth, paprika, caraway seeds and sour cream. It is an entirely different recipe!
DO I NEED TO PRECOOK THE PASTA IN THIS RECIPE?
One of my favorite things about this recipe is that everything is prepared in the same little ol’ pan (use a heavy saucepan or a Dutch oven). Easy peasy! Throw the pasta in uncooked and the liquids will do their job and cook them right up, just perfectly.
STORING AND FREEZING GOULASH
This recipe can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. And good news! It freezes great! Make sure the container is sealed and wrapped tightly in foil. Freeze for no longer than 3-4 months for the best results. When you are ready to enjoy, allow it to thaw completely. At this point, you can either add the contents to a lightly-greased baking dish and bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F OR heat individual servings in the microwave for 2 minutes per serving.
WHAT OTHER COMFORT FOOD RECIPES SHOULD I MAKE?
If you are looking for tasty comfort food recipes to put on the table, you have come to the right spot, my friends. Here is a small list of some of my favorite comforting meals that are always a hit:
Enjoy this recipe! It is one of my favorite comfort foods of all time, so I hope you love it as much as I do!