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Easy Goulash Recipe

This easy homemade goulash is made in one pot (including the noodles) in just 30 minutes. It’s a classic, family-favorite dish packed with tons of flavor!

One Pot Goulash

The best thing about this recipe is that it’s an easy 30-minute meal made in just one pot. I love that you don’t have to cook the noodles in a separate pan. It’s perfect for those busy week nights. Another one pot favorite is my one pot burrito bowls, you’ll have to give that recipe a try as well!

Goulash is one of those comfort food recipes that the whole family will love. This recipe tastes just like the one my mom made for me when I was a child. I always loved when my mom made goulash growing up.

What is Goulash?

There are two types: Hungarian goulash and American goulash. Goulash originated in Hungary and is traditionally a hearty stew that consisted of cubes of meat, vegetables and spices (usually including paprika). The Hungarian version is definitely still loved by many, however this is an Americanized version.

American goulash has more of a tomato base and typically includes ground beef and macaroni noodles as well. My version of this recipe is considered an American goulash. If you’d like to try the original Hungarian version, check out this recipe.

adding noodles to pot with goulash

How to Make Goulash

Scroll down for the printable goulash recipe and video tutorial.

  1. SAUTE. Cook beef, onion and peppers in large pot or dutch oven until brown (about 3-5 minutes). Drain the grease, then add in garlic, Italian seasoning, seasoned salt and Worcestershire sauce. Cook for 1-2 more minutes.
  2. SIMMER. Stir in diced tomatoes, corn, broth and tomato sauce and bring to light simmer. Then add in noodles, stir and cover with lid. Cook for 10-12 minutes, or until noodles are tender.
  3. TOP. Salt and pepper to taste. If desired, sprinkle with cheese and cover for about 1 minute, until cheese has melted. Then top with fresh basil.

TIP: Stir goulash every couple of minutes so that the noodles don’t stick!

goulash in white dutch oven with melted cheese on top

Crockpot Version

You can easily make this recipe in the slow cooker if you prefer. I recommend cooking the ground beef ahead of time, then add all the ingredients to your crockpot and stir. Cook on high for 1 to 2 hours or low for 3 to 4.

Add the noodles the last 30 minutes of cooking. until noodles are tender. Remove lid and sprinkle on cheese. Cover with lid for about 1 minute, until cheese has melted. Then add fresh basil if desired and serve!

Storing + Freezing

  • To store: Place any leftovers in an airtight container and store in the fridge for about 3 to 4 days. To reheat, simply microwave or heat on stove until warmed throughout.
  • To freeze: Place in an 8×8″ metal tin and wrap with foil. Then place tin inside a ziptop bag and add a freezer 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.

5 star review

“This is a recipe I’ve gone to several times. It is everything it promises, fast, easy, and delicious. Finally, if you don’t have something this recipe is forgiving and adapts easily to anything you have on hand. My picky family always gobbles it right up.”

-Leigh
scooping goulash out of pan with wooden spoon

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Easy Goulash Recipe

4.89 from 52 votes
This easy homemade goulash is made in one pot (including the noodles) in just 30 minutes. It's a classic, family-favorite dish packed with tons of flavor!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 8

Ingredients 

  • 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
  • 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 15 ounce can beef or chicken broth , add an extra cup if desired (see note)
  • 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups dry elbow noodles
  • Kosher Salt & Pepper , more to taste

For serving: (optional): shredded cheddar cheese and fresh basil or parsley

    Instructions

    • In a large pot, add beef, onion and peppers. Cook over medium heat 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.
      cooking hamburger and peppers in pan
    • Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, sweet corn and chicken broth. Bring to a light simmer and then add in noodles. Stir, and then cover with a lid. Allow to cook for 10 minutes, or until the noodles are tender. Stir halfway to prevent noodles from sticking.
      adding noodles to pot with goulash
    • Taste and add salt and pepper. Sprinkle cheese over top if desired and cover with the lid for one minute, or until the cheese has melted. Add fresh basil if desired. Serve while hot!

    Video


    Notes

    Variation: If you prefer more liquid, add an extra cup of broth or tomato sauce. Also, this recipe is easy to add in extra veggies. Add in any that you desire when cooking the onions. Sometimes I’ll add in chopped celery or mushrooms. 
    Freezer instructions: Place any leftovers in a 8×8″ metal tin and wrap with foil. 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 cheese before baking.

    Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 1206mg | Potassium: 694mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 603IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 4mg
    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American
    Author: Jamielyn Nye

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