Best Ever American Goulash Recipe {VIDEO}

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 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!

Check out this quick video tutorial to see how easy it is to make The Best Goulash!

How do you 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 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 pasta! love the ease!) and bring to a boil.

  • Simmer for 25-30 minutes, or until pasta is cooked through. That’s it! Serve to hungry tummies!

How do you make Goulash in the 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.

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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 American Goulash?

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.


What other comfort food recipes should I make this week?

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!

Comfort food, Main dish, Beef recipe
Main Dish
American Goulash
Yield: 8-10

Best American Goulash

prep time: 10 minscook time: 30 minstotal time: 40 mins

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!


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Two 15-oz. cans diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • Two 15-oz. cans tomato sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 16-oz. box elbow macaroni


  1. In a Dutch oven or large saucepan, cook ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain grease. Add onion and garlic and cook for 3 minutes, or until soft and fragrant.
  2. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, seasoned salt and elbow macaroni to the pan. Mix well and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium-low heat, cover pan and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until pasta is cooked through.
  3. Remove from heat and serve immediately!
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