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American Goulash Recipe

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American goulash is filled with hearty ground beef, pasta, tomatoes, corn and tasty spices! Ready in 30 minutes or less this easy homemade goulash recipe is the perfect comfort food during those cold winter months.

Goulash is one of my all time favorite meals to make for dinner. Some of my other favorite comfort food recipes is this hearty Chicken Noodle Soup, Homemade Meatloaf and this Pepperoncini Pot Roast.

a bowl of Homemade American Goulash in a white bowl that's sitting on top of a red checkered napkin

Easy American Goulash

American goulash is one of my very favorite comfort foods. Growing up my mom would make this all the time for our family and it was one of our favorite things to eat; especially when it was cold outside. It is tasty, filling, and super easy to prepare! Filled with ground beef, pasta and delicious spices, this particular recipe is one of my all-time favorites. It whips up in 30 minutes or less but tastes like it’s been simmering away all day long. It is so delicious!!!

What Is Goulash

Goulash is a traditional Hungarian dish that is similar to meat stew filled with potatoes and other vegetables and flavored with paprika and other seasoning. Hungarian goulash (aka old fashioned goulash) isn’t typically served with noodles but this American goulash recipe is made with a delicious bed of pasta. Combined together it makes a hearty and delicious meal that my family and I have been enjoying for years!

a red pot full of this easy Goulash recipe with a wooden spoon stirring the ground beef, corn, tomatoes and other ingredients

How To Make Goulash

Life always seems to be really busy, so I love to keep my recipes simple and this American goulash recipe is an easy one. It doesn’t take long to make it so you’ll be ready to sit down for dinner in no time. Here are the simple steps for making this recipe.

  1. Over medium heat, warm up the olive oil in a large saucepan
  2. Add the onions and cook them, stirring occasionally, for about three minutes or until they begin to soften
  3. Next, add in the green onions and then cook for an additional 3 minutes
  4. Add the garlic to the mix and saute for another minute while continuously stirring
  5. Add the ground beef into the pan and brown the meat until it is almost fully cooked, which should take between 5-8 minutes
  6. Add in the remaining ingredients; the tomato sauce, tomato paste, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and frozen corn
  7. Bring everything to a low boil and then reduce the heat to low. Cover the goulash and let simmer for about 10 minutes and stir about half way through
  8. With about a minute left, stir in the fresh basil
  9. Pour the warm goulash over cooked pasta and serve
  10. As an option, you can top this recipe with cheese before serving
  11. You can also serve this recipe over Mashed Potatoes or a Baked Potato

a close up of a white bowl filled with american goulash which is made up of pasta and topped with goulash

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Can You Freeze Goulash

Yes, you can easily freeze this recipe to use later. Once the goulash has completely cooled, put it in an airtight container that is safe to put in the freezer. I typically just use large Ziploc freezer bags to store this recipe. You can keep this recipe frozen for about 2 months. When you’re ready to use it, heat it in the oven at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes or until it is warm all the way through.

How Do You Store Goulash

If you’re like my family and you don’t have enough to freeze for later, simply place the left over American goulash in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for about 4 or 5 days before you’ll need to toss it. When you’re ready to eat it, I usually just warm it up, in 30 second increments, in the microwave until it is warm.

Easy Goulash Recipe

Now that you know how to make this easy recipe, give it a shot! Let us know in the comments below how you liked it and if you made any tasty variations. If you’re look for a fun and festive way to dress up this American goulash recipe in the fall, take a look at our Halloween “Ghoul”ash.

Homemade Goulash
5 from 5 votes

American Goulash Recipe

The way you make homemade goulash is about to change forever! This easy goulash recipe whips up in 30 minutes or less and it is DELICIOUS!!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword dinner, soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 Bowl
Calories 284 kcal


  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion diced small
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 green pepper diced
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt plus more to taste if needed
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper plus more to taste if needed
  • pinch of red pepper flakes optional
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • cooked pasta for serving


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 3 minutes or until the onion starts to soften.
  2. Next, add the diced green pepper and cook for about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute longer, stirring constantly.
  4. Add the ground beef to the pan. Brown until the meat is almost fully cooked (about 5-8 minutes).
  5. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and frozen corn. Bring to a low boil, then reduce to a simmer over low heat. Cover and let sauce simmer for 10 minutes, stirring at the 5 minute mark. At the very last minute, stir in the fresh basil.
  6. Serve hot goulash over the cooked pasta. (You could also serve it over baked potatoes or mashed potatoes.)

Recipe Notes

Serves 4

Nutrition Facts
American Goulash Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 284
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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