Easy Goulash Recipe


Easy Goulash Recipe made in one pot – a classic favorite dish packed with more flavor! This homemade goulash is made in one pot (including the noodles) and is done in 30 minutes.

This is one of those comfort food recipes and this one tastes just like the one my mom made for me when I was a child, but packed with more flavor! I always loved when my mom made goulash growing up. She called it something else, which I can’t remember now (maybe just hamburger and noodles… who knows), but I think it’s more universally known as goulash. :)Easy Goulash Recipe - a classic favorite packed with more flavor! Everything is made in one pot (including the noodles) and is done in 30 minutes.


The best thing about this dish is it’s made in one pot in less than 30 minutes. I love that you don’t have to cook the noodles in a separate pan. Can’t beat that! Perfect for those busy week nights. I think I need a one pot meal every night of my life. Another favorite is my one pot burrito bowls… you’ll have to give that recipe a try as well!

For this recipe, basically all you need to do is brown the hamburger with some garlic, seasonings and onion. Then you’ll add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, sweet corn, chicken broth, tomato sauce and noodles to the pot and let simmer 10-12 minutes, or until the noodles are tender.How to make goulash - Fresh Veggies

I love adding fresh chopped onions and bell peppers to this goulash recipe. The orange and red peppers are my favorite to use.Homemade Goulash Recipe in One Pot - Grated Cheese

Then of course you’ll want to sprinkle cheese over top to make it extra yummy. Seriously, give me all the cheese. It’s much better when it’s been freshly grated too. There’s just something about it.

Here's The Best Goulash Recipe ...tastes just like the one my mom used to make with more flavor!

The Best Goulash Recipe

This homemade goulash recipe is so easy to make and a family favorite.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped red or orange bell pepper
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt (such as lawry's)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 (15-ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can sweet corn
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups dry elbow noodles
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Fresh chopped basil, for serving, optional


In a large pot add beef, onion and peppers. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until brown. Drain any grease if needed. Stir in the garlic, Italian seasoning, seasoned salt and Worcestershire sauce. Allow to cook for an additional 1 to 2 minutes.

Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, sweet corn, chicken broth and tomato sauce. Bring to a light simmer and then stir in noodles. Stir, and then cover with a lid. Allow to cook for 10-12 minutes, or until the noodles are tender. Stir every few minutes to prevent the noodles from sticking.

Taste and add salt and pepper if desired. Sprinkle cheese over top and cover with the lid for one minute, or until the cheese has melted. Add fresh basil if desired. Serve while hot!

This makes a great freezer meal. Place any leftovers in a 8x8" metal tin and wrap with foil. Then place inside a ziptop bag and label with the date. When ready to eat, place in the refrigerator to thaw overnight and then cook at 350°F for 30-45 minutes, or until hot. You could also top with more cheese before baking.

One Pot Recipe For Goulash, so GOOD! Everything is made in one pot (including the noodles) and is done in 30 minutes.


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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Vivian | stayaliveandcooking posted on June 20, 2016 at 8:06 am (#

    You had me at “one pot”! Absolutely love simple yet delicious recipes like these, can’t wait to see more. Have a great week!

  2. Jordan posted on June 20, 2016 at 5:06 pm (#

    Yum! My mom makes a goulash like this but with ground turkey instead of beef! Haha we call it piggy food in my family :D

    • Jamielyn posted on June 20, 2016 at 6:43 pm (#

      Cute name! We love this one pot dish. It is ultimate comfort food! :)

  3. Shay WLBM posted on June 20, 2016 at 10:57 pm (#

    I love simple meals and this one looks delicious. Can’t wait to try it!

  4. Rachel from Rose Tinted Home posted on February 27, 2017 at 6:27 pm (#

    Loved this! Made a pot for my husband and I for dinner tonight. I swapped chopped cauliflower for the corn and ground turkey for beef because that’s what we had on hand. It was delish!  Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Kristin posted on March 29, 2017 at 11:18 pm (#

    Thank you for the great recipe! We used ground bison meat instead of beef and frozen instead of canned corn.  Turned out great! 

  6. Nose secrets posted on April 26, 2017 at 1:45 am (#

    This sounds fabulous!

  7. Darlene Randazzo posted on May 31, 2017 at 7:56 am (#

    I made this last night and it was very easy and delicious. I left out the corn, due to dietary restrictions, but it was still very good. Thank you for the recipe.

    • Jamielyn posted on June 19, 2017 at 6:43 pm (#

      I’m glad you liked it! It’s a staple in our house. :)

  8. 2pots2cook posted on September 23, 2017 at 3:23 am (#

    Monday dinner idea solved. Thank you so much !

  9. Megan @ Pip and Ebby posted on October 2, 2017 at 4:32 pm (#

    EASY comfort food at its best. This looks totally delicious and I’d devour it if it were in front of me! Yum yum.

    • Jamielyn posted on October 3, 2017 at 4:24 pm (#

      Definitely comfort food! My family loves this stuff!

  10. Nikki K posted on October 31, 2017 at 11:13 pm (#

    This was awesome!  I made a big batch for Halloween and it was gobbled up.  I’ll  definitely make again and can’t wait to check out more of your recipes! 

    • Jamielyn posted on November 1, 2017 at 4:39 pm (#

      I’m so glad it was a hit! Love this comfort dish. Thanks for stopping by Nikki! :)

  11. Tom posted on November 2, 2017 at 11:04 am (#

    Can this be done in a crock pot? If so, for what length of time?

    • Jamielyn posted on November 2, 2017 at 5:04 pm (#

      Hi Tom! You could do this in the crockpot but I think it is easier just to do it on the stove since it only takes 30 minutes. If you would like to do it in the crockpot I would recommend cooking the ground beef ahead of time and then cooking in the crockpot for 1 hour on high. :)

  12. Tony posted on November 11, 2017 at 7:54 am (#

    I would like to try the crock pot as well. After browning the meat, should I add everything in the pot and cook on high for an hour? Cheese added after that? Also we have someone in our family who is allergic to bell peppers. What could I substitute? Thanks.

    • Jamielyn posted on November 11, 2017 at 4:12 pm (#

      Yep! I would just leave the bell peppers out, you won’t be able to tell the difference! :)