Ground Beef Goulash

There’s a sweet Granny at our church, who often brings a big pot of macaroni noodles with tomato sauce and ground beef to church potluck meals. It’s somewhat similar to spaghetti without the strong Italian seasonings and somewhat like beefy mac in a stew form.  Kids devour it.

She calls this meal Goulash.  I always thought Goulash was a Hungarian dish, but apparently there is American Goulash as well. Google tells me that in some regions this dish is called American Chop Suey!

Whatever you call it, it’s frugal, kid-friendly comfort food. Here’s my allergy-friendly version:


Ground Beef Goulash (gluten-free)


  • 2 lbs Ground Beef
  • 2 Onions, chopped
  • 3 cups Water
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans Diced Tomatoes
  • 3 Tbsp Tamari Sauce (for soy-free try coconut aminos)
  • 3 Tbsp Tomato Paste (freeze leftovers in ice cube tray)
  • 2 Tbsp Oregano
  • 2 Tbsp Sucanat or sweetener of choice
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1-2 tsp Sea Salt, to taste
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 3 cups Gluten-Free Macaroni Noodles


  1. In a dutch oven, cook ground beef and onions until ground beef is done and onions are tender.  Stir to break up the meat while cooking.
  2. Add remaining ingredients except macaroni noodles.  Mix well and bring to a boil.
  3. Stir in macaroni noodles and return to a boil.  Cover and reduce the heat to low.  Simmer about 30 minutes.

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14 Responses to “Ground Beef Goulash”

  1. simple, crowd pleasing meal, love it!

  2. Laura says:

    This looks delicious–a perfect dinner or Sunday meal!

  3. I used to eat my mom’s version of this growing up. I’ve never thought prepare it for my family…. great idea!!

  4. jamie says:

    yup, hamburger goulash. grew up on it in the midwest!

  5. My mom used to make something very much like this. I will have to try it again! Thanks for sharing at Healthy 2Day Wednesday and come back tomorrow to see if you were featured!

  6. I made this tonight…or something similar. I added a few things, like bell peppers & mushrooms, and swapped out the tamari sauce for worchestershire sauce. It was a huge crowd (aka kid) pleaser. The kids said they want it on the menu every month. So very easy, kid-friendly, and just good old-fashioned comfort food. Thanks!

  7. Paula says:

    Wow, just made this and it is so totally good!! Thanks. I cut it in half, and skipped the tomato paste – used half of everything else – better than any Goulash I’ve made and so easy.

  8. Hannah says:

    It is so good!!