Grandma’s Delicious Goulash

When we were little, my Mom had a delicious dinner cooked for us almost every night. Some nights got crazy and that is when our Dad cooked. Dad usually cooked the regular pancakes or Mac-n-cheese. One of my favorite meals he cooked was called Goulash. The name always made me laugh and it was one of my favorites! Goulash came up in a conversation a couple of weeks ago and I decided to give it a whirl. It turned out better than I remembered and my family loved it!

Serves: 4-6

Grandma's Delicious Goulash

15 minPrep Time

35 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

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  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey (or ground beef)
  • 1 large onions, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can of corn, drained
  • 1 (29 oz) can of tomato sauce
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of ┬ásalt
  • 2 cups dried elbow macaroni


  1. In a large frying pan, saute the ground turkey until there is no pink. Drain grease then add your onion and green pepper on medium heat until tender (about 5 minutes). Add your tomatoes, tomato sauce, brown sugar, corn, salt, Worcestershire sauce, and soy sauce.
  2. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes. Next add your macaroni, stir well, return the lid to the pot and simmer for about 20 minutes. When the macaroni is tender it is done! Serve hot with cheese and sour cream.
Cuisine: American | Recipe Type: Main Dish
213 cal
1 g
43 g
8 g

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20 Responses to “Grandma’s Delicious Goulash”

  1. Shawna
    I'm sure this is a perfectly wonderful dish, but could you do the Hungarians a favor and call it Turkey Surprise or something? Goulash is made with beef shank and it is actually a soup. I don't think soy sauce has ever been in a traditional Hungarian Nagymama's kitchen.
  2. Clover
    We had something very similar to this dish, and my Great Grandmother who was from Russia called it Goulash. Elbow mac with some sort of ground meat, (Many times she would grind leftover beef roast) tomatoes from the can, with lots of paprika and chili powder. Sometimes, there would be onions. When ever I make this it feels like a hug from my Great Grandma, and my Granny.
  3. Shawna I'm 55 years old I have been eating this dish all of my life its GOULASH! I have never heard it called anything else. I think your comment is nitpicky and silly. you could have shared your story without scolding the blogger I've had "Turkish Goulash" and I way perfer the American verison.....just sayin.
  4. Catherine P.
    I've had my nagymama's real Hungarian goulash, and I've had my boyfriend's mom's goulash (which is dang similar to this one) and I have news... I don't care what they're called, and they're both delicious. Grandma wouldn't have minded the name, neither. She was traditional to the core, but every now and again she'd pull a wild card. Her spaghetti sauce with hot dogs in it was met with mixed reviews LOL. ;)
  5. Shannon
    This was sooo good I made it the other day. The family said this is a keeper. It has such a good taste. At first I was not sure about making it in the summer since it looks like a fall or winter food. But this is something I will make year round for sure... Also I do have a question can you freeze this? Thanks so much !!!

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