American Goulash is a Family Favorite, ONE DISH meal that is perfect any time of year! My family has been making this recipe for 3 generations!


This has been a family favorite for decades. It was one of my all time favorite meals that my mom made when I was a kid. She got the recipe from her mom. I make it for my family. It’s totally a family thang!  And, it’s one of my all time best, “go to recipes for comfort food “. It’s easy and delicious cooking!

Even when we’re eating a little lighter, we can’t go without our American Goulash… we just make this version same recipe as below, but cabbage instead of the pasta!

American Goulash is truly an American classic and goes by many names in every region of this country   It’s known as American Chop Suey, Traveling Man’s Hash, Beef and Mac, Slum Gumption, and Kentucky Burgoo. Some people add a can of corn, celery, green bell pepper , a different type of cheese, or even, no cheese at all. Hhhmmmm…..

For my family, the following recipe is almost sacred. If I added corn, bell pepper or frankly, anything other than what’s listed below, my family would absolutely FREAK!!! So, I, obviously, respect my grandma’s wisdom and recipe with grace, and never, I mean ever, stray from the recipe she so lovingly made and handed down! Thanks Grammy:)


If you’re looking for a pasta recipe or beef recipe this is it! Or, if you’re like me, and buy your ground beef at Costco, you need lots of good hamburger recipes! This Goulash just may become your go-to recipe. You can always substitute the beef with ground turkey if you want to add to your healthy dinner repertoire.

More family Dinners!

Porcupine Meatballs ~ These super easy meatballs are made with beef and rice then simmered in a delicious tomato sauce.  Always a family favorite!

Million Dollar Spaghetti ~ This Spaghetti Casserole is super easy to put together and has a center layer of creamy, gooey cheese. This is one of my favorite ways to serve spaghetti and people just can’t get enough of it!

Beefaroni ~ Easy Homemade Beefaroni is perfect for the simplified flavor palates of kids. So much better than anything from a can! Quick and Easy–Ready in less than 30 minutes!

American Goulash

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 21 minutes


  • 2 Pounds Ground Beef 80/20
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion
  • 4 Large Cloves Garlic Minced
  • 3 Cups Water
  • 2 15 Ounce Canned Tomato Sauce
  • 2 14.5 Ounce Canned Diced Tomatoes
  • 3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Oregano
  • 2 Teaspoons Dried Basil
  • 2 Dried Bay Leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon Seasoned Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 Cups Elbow Macaroni Uncooked


  1. In a large Dutch oven, cook the meat over medium heat, breaking up the meat as it cooks into small pieces. Cook until the meat is cooked through and there's no longer any pink. Stir in the onions and garlic. Cook and stir the mixture until the onions are translucent.
  2. Stir in water, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, soy sauce, oregano, basil, bay leaves, seasoned salt, and black pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in the pasta, cover, and simmer over low heat until the pasta is tender, about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, discard bay leaves, and refrigerate, if possible, overnight. If you must, you could serve. 🙂