Grandma’s Delicious Goulash

Our mom made dinner for us every night growing up.  Every now and then Dad would fill in and make his signature dish, which was our Grandma’s Hungarian Goulash!

I love how simple this recipe is and that I usually have all or most of the ingredients to make it on hand!  Even my picky eaters love this recipe!

Serves: 6-8

Grandma's Hungarian Goulash

10 minPrep Time

35 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 (15 ounce) can corn, drained
  • 1 (29 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, cook beef until no longer pink.
  2. Drain excess grease then add onion and green pepper and cook for 5 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
  3. Add corn, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, brown sugar, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and salt; let simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add uncooked macaroni noodles, stir and cover pot with lid.
  5. Let simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes and serve.
Recipe Type: Main Dish

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21 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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