Quick Ground Beef Goulash

Quick Ground Beef Goulash is a hearty American-style goulash made of ground beef, veggies, and macaroni noodles.

With Winter finally here I am happy to share with you a one-pot comforting meal that works well for leftovers. Homemaking in the wintertime is tricky as the cold weather calls for warm cozy days and rest. However, for most of us homemakers, rest is not necessarily an option.

The home still needs maintenance and the meal times are just as important as ever. This is exactly why I love to make dishes like this that create large pots of comforting food. That can then be enjoyed for several meals. Allowing for more of those wonderful moments of curling up with my hot tea and a book.

To me, winter is prime time for big pots of soups, stews, and dishes like this Quick Ground Beef Goulash. There is nothing more comforting than the smells of something bubbling away on the stovetop.

This Quick Ground Beef Goulash is an American classic and though some might say old- fashioned. The flavors and tastes are worthy of adding to our winter tables.

What is goulash?

There are a couple of different styles of goulash. Traditionally goulash is a Hungarian dish made with slow-cooked beef, vegetables, and stock resulting in a stew-like dish. It is eaten throughout central Europe. It is one of the national dishes of Hungary. However, Ground Beef Goulash is an American-style goulash made with ground beef, macaroni noodles, and a tomato-based sauce. It is an old-fashioned classic American dish. Which is exactly the sort of goulash we will be making today.

Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • It is quick to make (about 30 minutes)
  • This recipe makes alot and the leftovers are delicious
  • It is affordable to make and uses whole ingredients
  • This is a recipe the whole family will love
  • It is a one pot entire meal

Ingredients

Ground Beef- I use 85/15 organic grass-fed ground beef for this. If using a higher fat-content beef you may need to strain off the excess fat before adding the stock and diced tomatoes. The use of ground beef for this recipe allows for a quicker cook time and the ground beef adds richness to the dish.

Stock- For this recipe, I like to use either beef or chicken stock. Either will work fine. You can even use vegetable stock or bone broth for this recipe.

Diced Tomatoes- I use finely diced canned tomatoes for this recipe. It adds nice chunks of tomatoes as opposed to using crushed tomatoes.

Garlic- gives a nice flavor to the overall dish.

Bay Leaves- I use a total of 2 large for this recipe. It adds a subtle bitterness that balances out the heaviness of the overall dish.

Italian Seasoning- I use dried Italian seasoning to add flavor and depth to the dish. You can use fresh but keep in mind the ratio for is 1 to 3, as the dried herbs are much stronger. You would need 3 times the amount of fresh over the dried used in this recipe.

Bell Pepper- I use green bell pepper that adds color and a bit of bitter flavor that blends well with the onion. Using red or orange bell peppers will give a slightly different flavor as they have a sweeter taste to them.

Onion- The onion plays well with the bell pepper. I use a yellow onion, diced but you can also use a white onion.

Macaroni Noodles- an absolute must for this dish, in my opinion. Macaroni noodles create the perfect bite-sized pasta for this dish that helps adsorb all the wonderful flavors.

Grated Parmesan- We like to top ours with grated parmesan for a little cheesy goodness but this is completely optional.

What You Will Need To Make It

2 lbs ground beef

2 cups of macaroni noodles

4 cloves of garlic

2-14.5 oz cans of diced tomatoes

2 large bay leaves

1 cup of diced onions

1 green bell peppers

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

3 cups of beef or chicken stock

1 tsp sea salt

cracked black pepper to taste

Directions

Begin by heating a large pot and browning the ground beef. If using a very lean ground beef you may need to add a drizzle of olive oil to the pan. Add the salt, Italian seasoning and cracked black pepper then mix it in while the beef cooks.

ground beef browning in a pot with seasoning

As the beef continues to brown, dice the onion and bell pepper. Add them to the pot and allow them to cook until the ground beef is completely cooked. If using a higher fat content beef than 85%, you might need to strain off the excess fat. Add the garlic and Worcestershire sauce to the pan. Allow the garlic to cook until fragrant about 30 seconds. Add the diced tomatoes, bay leaves, and stock to the pot.

bay leafs, ground beef and veggies simmering in a pot

Bring the entire pot to a light simmer then add the macaroni noodles and cook until tender. About 20 minutes.

macaroni pasta in a simmering pot
quick ground beef goulash in a dutch oven

Remove the bay leaves. Garnish with freshly grated parmesan (optional) and enjoy!

quick ground beef goulash in a bowl

Cooking Notes

  • I like to use 85/15 organic grass-fed ground beef
  • To make this leaner, you can use ground turkey in place of the ground beef
  • Make sure to use a large pot to make this. it makes a lot. I like to use my enameled 6 qt cast- iron Dutch oven
  • This meal comes together quickly (about 30 minutes)
  • You can add extra stock if you want more of a soup like consistency.

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Yield: 10 Servings

Quick Ground Beef Goulash

quick ground beef goulash in a bowl

a classic American-style goulash with ground beef, macaroni noodles and a tomato-based sauce

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 cups macaroni noodles
  • 3 cups of beef or chicken stock
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 tbsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2-14.5 cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 large bay leaves
  • cracked black pepper to taste
  • grated parmesan for garnishing (optional)

Instructions

    1. Begin by heating a large pot and browning the ground beef. If using a very lean ground beef you may need to add a drizzle of olive oil to the pan.
    2. Add the salt, Italian seasoning and cracked black pepper then mix it in while the beef cooks.
    3. As the beef continues to brown, dice the onion and bell pepper.
    4. Add them to the pot and allow them to cook until the ground beef is completely cooked. If using a higher fat content beef than 85%, you might need to strain off the excess fat.
    5. Add the garlic and Worcestershire sauce to the pan. Allow the garlic to cook until fragrant about 30 seconds.
    6. Add the diced tomatoes, bay leaves, and stock to the pot.
    7. Bring the entire pot to a light simmer then add the macaroni noodles and cook until tender. About 20 minutes.
    8. Remove the bay leaves.
    9. Garnish with fresh grated parmesan (optional) and enjoy!

Notes

  • I like to use 85/15 organic grass-fed ground beef
  • To make this leaner, you can use ground turkey in place of the ground beef
  • Make sure to use a large pot to make this. it makes a lot. I like to use my enameled 6 qt cast- iron Dutch oven
  • This meal comes together quickly (about 30 minutes)
  • You can add extra stock if you want more of a soup like consistency.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 542Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 141mgSodium: 788mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 7gSugar: 10gProtein: 47g

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