My Mom’s Famous Goulash

I have spent my entire adulthood attempting to make my mom’s famous goulash, just like she does. It’s a simple, hearty dish that feeds a crowd! We always ate it with white bread and when I was a kid I would put ketchup on it to make a little goulash sandwich. Takes me back! Here’s the thing though – she doesn’t really cook with recipes. I’ve had to recreate her goulash strictly based on taste, adding a little of this, a little of that and so on. While I think I’ve finally arrived, nothing compares to eating a bowl of goulash – made by mom – at her kitchen table.

My mom is a wonderful cook and she instilled a love of food in me at a very young age. I can remember browning ground beef and onions in a skillet when I was a kid – one of my favorite kitchen jobs! That was the base of many meals growing up. 

This goulash recipe makes a huge pot and will easily feed a family of five. Since my kids are still little, we can get two meals out of it. So, let’s get started!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 1/4 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 12 oz. large macaroni noodles
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes + can filled with water
  • 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes + can filled with water
Goulash Ingredients

Here’s what to do with it!

ONE  Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add ground beef, breaking it up with a spatula. Cook until brown.

ground beef for goulash

TWO  Once meat is brown, remove any excess fat from the pan. Add onions, noodles, salt, pepper and garlic salt (I know it seems like a lot of salt, but this large dish definitely needs it). Stir together and cook until onions are soft, 3-5 minutes.

Goulash recipe

THREE  Add canned tomatoes then fill each can with water and add that to the pot. Bring it all to a boil and then lower the heat to a simmer and cook until noodles are tender (this will vary based on the pasta you choose). Stir occasionally to ensure it doesn’t burn or stick to the bottom of the pan.

goulash recipe

Serve with white bread and you’re done! I also like to make a simple salad on the side for some freshness since this is a pretty heavy dish.

goulash recipe

I hope you enjoy this simple, delicious goulash recipe as much as my family!

Goulash Recipe

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