Easy Goulash Recipe, Tai’s Version

Goulash! Just what is goulash anyway? Goulash is a soup or stew of meat, usually seasoned with paprika and other spices. Wikipedia. There are many ways to make goulash and many interpretations. I make what I call goulash way different from many recipes I have come across. Many of these recipes include, potatoes and peppers as the dominate ingredient as well as paprika and of course the meat. This easy goulash recipe is the way I have been making it for years.

My daughter’s mother-in-law makes goulash completely different from I do. And It is my son-in-law’s favorite dish. She fixes it every year for his birthday.

My grandson just told me the other day that I should add her (his other grandma’s) recipe on here and compare hers to mine. I’m not sure that is a very good idea. Every family has their own tastes and likes. What one family likes, another may not. My daughter likes my version but that is because she grew up eating it the way I make it. Needless to say my son-in-law really doesn’t care for my goulash. lol!


Hungarian Goulash

While researching goulash for this post I came across an article referring to “Authentic Hungarian Goulash”. It mainly consists of stew meat, paprika (lots of it), potatoes, peppers, carrots, beef broth. No pasta or noodles. I do not want to confuse the issue. My easy goulash recipe has none of those ingredients so does that make my dish not goulash?

Well I call it goulash and always have.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 14.5 ounce can Hunt’s diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano
  • 15 ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 15 ounce can light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cooked macaroni elbows
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • dash of sugar


Brown the ground beef with the chopped onion until meat is no longer pink. Drain grease and add the remaining ingredients. Mix well and serve with garlic bread. This is an easy and affordable meal and doesn’t taste to bad either.


My Mom’s Goulash

My mom made a version similar to mine but she omitted the kidney beans and she just used ground beef, onions, tomato sauce, tomato soup and macaroni noodles. Actually now that I think about it she made it similar to her spaghetti but used the macaroni noodles and called it goulash. Hmm!

That’s what I love about cooking. Finding a recipe and tweaking it to your own liking and tastes. It may take a few tries to get it the way you like it and then it becomes a family tradition.


It’s funny how when you start a conversation with someone about how they make a certain dish called say “goulash” and it will be totally different to the way you make that same dish. Is it the same dish? Yes it is. It is just the way you make it. There is no wrong or right. If you really think about it, this is the way new recipes come about. Take a “traditional” recipe, tweak it here and there and viola! you may have another dish. A new recipe.

There are so many ways to make what many people call goulash. I was talking to a co-worker the other day and asked her how she made goulash. Well let me tell you that it was nothing like this recipe.

I have found that we are used to the way that our mothers’ cooked. And as adults we will usually cook like our mothers. The way my mom made things were totally different from the way my husband’s mother cooked them. And of course my husband was used to his mother’s way of cooking and liked her versions better than my mom’s. Of course I cooked and used recipes that my mom did.

We had a lot of adapting to do when we were first married. I found that it was just easier to come up with my way of cooking. Of course I would every once in a while, slip in some of my mom’s way of cooking:)

How do you make goulash? Leave me a comment below. As always I love hearing from you!

Have a Wonderful and Tasty Day!





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