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All American Skillet Goulash

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All American Skillet Goulash
25 Min

Our All American Skillet Goulash takes a few tasty liberties with traditional goulash and makes an all American goulash that's praise-worthy. Wait 'til you taste our budget-friendly, skillet version that is pure hearty comfort food.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 (28-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese

What to Do

  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and cover to keep warm.
  2. In a large skillet over high heat, brown the ground beef, bell pepper, and onion 6 to 8 minutes or until no pink remains in the beef, stirring frequently. Drain off excess liquid. 
  3. Add macaroni, spaghetti sauce, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper; mix well. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 5 to 7 minutes, or until heated through. Sprinkle with cheese and simmer 1 to 2 more minutes or until cheese is melted.




Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 4

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 798
  • Calories from Fat 338
  • Total Fat 38g 58 %
  • Saturated Fat 16g 82 %
  • Trans Fat 1.6g 0 %
  • Protein 49g 98 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 145mg 48 %
  • Sodium 2,045mg 85 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 63g 21 %
  • Dietary Fiber 2.5g 10 %
  • Sugars 12g 0 %

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This was great! I needed something I could throw together fast, and this fit the bill. I've made similar recipes, but they used plain tomato sauce or canned tomatoes. The spaghetti sauce in this added a slightly sweeter taste and more flavor. Yummy!

I have a question. The recipe says, "1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese". Do you mean 1 cup or do you mean 4 ounces because 1 cup is 8 ounces and 4 ounces is 1/2 cup.

Hello! 1 cup is 8-ounces in liquid form, not solid form. 1 cup of cheese would be 4-ounces in weight. For this recipe you'll need 1 cup of cheese. Hope this help clears any confusion! Enjoy!

Thank you for the reply. I learned something today. That makes sense.

I have a question. The recipe says, "1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese". Do you mean 1 cup or do you mean 4 ounces because 1 cup is 8 ounces and 4 ounces is 1/2 cup.

Goulash,hash,or veggie melt,name is not important as the taste. This taste great as most of the recipes here do. My mother and I use del monte as well and now I mostly use Hunts diced tomatoes and sauce with garlic,onion and green pepper. I also tried the stuffed pepper casserole and it was great.

My husband has a list of favorite meals I prepare and this made the list! Made it exactly!

I've been cooking for my parents and tried this recipe . Dad said it tasted like the spaghetti hot-dish out family has been making for generations, but heartier. I like that it's fast to put together and makes enough to freeze half.

I've made that for years also. The only difference was I used tomato soup and added cream corn to everything. Maybe a tad more cheese, but my kids loved it and it wasn't costly to make. Haven't made it for a while so will have to make it soon!

Made this for dinner tonight and got a gold star from my boyfriend. Thank you very much.

Leave a comment...I make my mothers recipe that I have enjoyed for 50 years. Brown 1 lb ground beef, drain, add a 28oz can of chopped tomatoes, 28 oz can of beef broth, 1 lb frozen mixed veggies and simmer til veggies are tender. Turn off heat and add 1 lb elbows and let rest for 15 mins. Season as desired.

My family has been making pretty much this same recipe for over 40 years. We also call it goulash even though we know its not really goulash. One difference to this recipe is i add a small can of tomato paste which adds a little zip or tang to the taste buds.

Another name for this, although you would omit the cheese and you would put tomato sauce instead of pasta sauce, is American Chop Suey and my Mom used to make it all the time as do I.

We've always used a can of beef gravy instead of spaghetti sauce. Sometimes I add a can of drained peas the way my mother used to make it.

I altered this a little bit. I added a can of tomato soup, Italian diced tomatoes, onion powder and Italian seasoning to the recipe along with additional garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Made this tonight for dinner, It was excellent!! So easy to make.

To countrychef2000 - your remarks and I quote "Mar 23, 2011 Why not call it Spaghetti. There is nothing in this to even relate it to Goulash. I guess the words "All American" should be our first clue. Real "Goulash" is Hungarian and involves Paprika, lots of Paprika." ... April 2015 - Lighten Up! Isn't the recipe titled "All American Skillet Goulash"? REPEAT - Key words "All American". My comments are "late" to the scene - what difference does it make? I think probably the "mother/cook" of the family "alters" recipes accordingly to the "tastes/likes" of her individual family. Personally, back when-1960s-?, I used stewed tomatoes instead of spaghetti sauce. My stewed tomatoes were also "home canned" which I had gone out in the field with 4-children, and hand picked about 4-bushels, AFTER harvest time. The biblical term is "gleaning". AND nowadaze (2015)- one can buy "flavored" stewed tomatoesMy 4-children are NOW grown and gone and I NO longer "glean". My preference nowadaze is Del Monte Mexican flavor stewed tomatoes. My mother-in-law, of German descent and long since deceased, called it "hash". But in Southern Indiana, we called "hash" a mix of "left over pot roast, potatoes, and onions, As the saying goes, "...a rose by any other name..."? SO - why get all bent out of shape by whatever the recipe is called? It sounds like the "basic" reicpe, call it whatever you like, HAS BEEN AROUND FOR MANY DECADES! -) Granny Gruntz

I did alter this a bit. I added a can of diced tomatoes as well as a can of tomato soup to the spaghetti sauce. Added onion powder and additional salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste. Nice quick dinner. Thanks for the idea grannyblu. I think I'm going to give your recipe a try next time.

Reminds me of another easy one pot recipe called cheeseburger goulash 1 lb hamburger 1 onion chopped 1 can tomato soup 1 can water 1 small can tomatoes diced 1 beef bouillon cube 1/2 chopped green pepper 2 cups raw pasta (rotini or macaroni) 1 cup cheddar cheese Cook hamburger onion till brown add soup water tomatoes bring to boil add pasta beef cube green pepper simmer 20 min stir add a bit more water if needed stir in cheese

Like my mom's "old school" goulash......really good!!!

countrychef200, you need a smile pill!! I don't know why you go to this website. You are always so negative about the recipes. Why don't you take your "hoity toity" self to a place more ritzy, like Bon Appetite, leave us home cooks alone??!!!! I'll bet we can out cook you any day!!!

merrywidow063, you need to chill. We are all allowed to have an opinion even if it is not yours. Just ignore people you don't agree with otherwise they won!

That is just mean!

This was very good. I did not change a thing!

By far, the most disgusting goulash I have ever tried!!!

I make this with some changes. I add mixed veggies and leave out the cheese.

I made this twice now, once as stated above and the second time with changes. I sauted the chopped yellow onion in a tablespoon of olive oil and then added 1 lb lean ground turkey instead of beef. Left out the green pepper, not fans in our house. Added the jar of marinara sauce, 1 ts garlic powder, 1 ts kosher salt, 1/2 ts pepper, left out the cheese, but added a cup of corn. Tasted so good, my kids love it, it will be a regular in our house. It is filling and cheap!

We also choose ground turkey over ground beef. Not only cheaper, but lower in fat, as well.

I added 3 tablespoons of ketchup. Yum!


This is a good easy recipe, and even better, the family enjoys it!

Cook the macaroni last and then you won't have to keep it warm or simmer any longer to warm through and the heat will melt the cheese.

Added a little extra pepper and extra noodles but overall it was very good. Will make again

Added a teaspoon of sugar and 1/4 cup merlot. Really jazzed it up! Easy, easy recipe. Just love Mr. Food!


This was a nice change to the dinner menu for our house hold. Easy to make and I will make this again in a few weeks.

I make the goulash using 1 can of Campbell's Tomato soup, stirred into a pound of ground chuck, and the other ingredients that have been cooked. That's how my Mom always made it. We loved it.

Add drained and rinsed cans of corn an kidney beans to the mix and its my recipe



This is the recipe I grew up on in Texas where it is, in fact, called Goulash. We also have Slumgolum that is strickingly similar but substitutes rice for the macaroni. In fact, I just made Goulash last week for my family and there were no leftovers, despite the fact I doubled the recipe. My only suggestions are to add a little chili powder and sugar when adding the spaghetti sauce and other seasonings, wait to add the macaroni after the other ingredients have simmered for about 15 minutes so the flavor profile is more pronounced, then cook to al dente stage (pasta will continue to cook in a hot pot), and serve the cheese on the side.

The best Goulash, is reheated the next day.

Soooo easy!! Soooo tasty!! Definitely a keeper, especially for those need-dinner-in-a-hurry but it-has-to taste-yummy occasions.

In Fargo ND, they call the dish, Hot Dish being from New England, was always called American chop suey

um yeah, this is American Chop Suey, not goulash; we make it without any cheese, sometimes add mushrooms and celery-but it's still American Chop Suey. Must be just a north-east thing? Goulash is usually creamy tomato-paprika. This is made with tomato sauce or tomato gravy. Just saying. Still tastes good whatever you call it.

I've been making goulash for my kids for years and the only difference is I add a little chili powder. I also omit the cheese. If they want cheese they can add it later.

Delicious!! We used a whole green pepper instead of a half and 1.5 cups of shredded cheese instead of just 1 cup and it turned out great! We'll definitely be making this again!

This is a great recipe .My kids liked it when they were growing up .Now my grandkids love it.

I made this tonight it was delicious! My husband calls it "Italian Goulash" because I used Ragu. This is a great cold night (or anytime) dinner. Thank you.

I make it without the cheese. I think it is so much better that way. Also make the sauce from scratch.

I used a can of tomato soup added a small can of corn, drained (can be creamed) added about a 1/2 can of water if sauce too thick, put it all in a casserole and topped it with biscuits and baked until biscuits are brown. Protien, carbs & veg all in one dish.

Ha what a joke, What Do You Mean any leftovers can be frozen, "What Leftovers LOL" , I added some smoked paprika and some dried Itilian seasoning to tast and this was out of this world, thank you Mr. Food Keep it up

This is almost exactly how I've made it for the past 45 years, except I use a large can of Tomato Sauce & add some Paprika (a good teaspoon) - more to the Hungarian Style recipe.

Been looking for a recipe like this. Can't wait to try this. It is simple and sounds OOH so good

sounds great and making me hungry to read the receipe.

i also add corn and canned tomatoes pieces. dont use speghetti sauce.

where we live this is called hamburger hotdish, AKA goulash,AKA funeral hotdish! we make it with a pint of canned tomatoes, a can of tomato soup, ketchup to taste, some onion and garlic,and some worstershire sauce along with the mac and hamburger. Yum. everyone loves it and remembers it from childhood. Been eating this my whole life.

I made this for my husband and he love, love, loved it!!!

I've made this with the addition of a pound bag of frozen mixed vegetables. Very good. You're getting the benefits of added nutrition.

This a quick and easy recipe that everyone in the family enjoys.

My family really loved this

I loved it and it was a sell out at the deli ware I work

Again for those who did not read the title this is American Goulash. My mother made this in the 50's and I still love it. I do add extra garlic This good ole comfort food for us Babay Boomers Thanks Mr. Food


I remember this recipe from my childhood. Loved it then and love it now. I am so happy to have the recipe. I would like to know your preference in bottled sauce.

@ rj89015 5063662 Yes, I've had real Goulash, which I love; but I believe the name was adopted for this dish as a more 'generic' term for a mixed up meal; this has also been called American Chop Suey. If you refer to American Goulash, people expect this stuff; if you say Hungarian Goulash or just Goulash, people expect tender beef with a sour cream and paprika sauce or gravy. No disrespect intended, I'm sure! %)

I have been making this recipe for better than 35 years, nothing new here. I sometimes do not use the cheese, but it is just as good either way. Used to make my own sauce, but then discovered Ragu, only change I have made in all these years. My family love this.

This is a joke? Do you know about or ever have Goulash? Goulash (plural: goulashes) is a European soup or stew of meat and vegetables (especially onion), seasoned with paprika and other spices.[1] The name originates from the Hungarian gulys ([uja] listen (helpinfo)), the word for a cattle stockman or herdsman. Goulash is also a popular meal in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Geez....did you even attempt to make this recipe before your condescending post? The name clearly identifies this recipe as "American Goulash." I have been eating this I got my first tooth and at least 5 generations in my family make it and call it goulash. The only thing I do differently than the 3 generations before me is I do not boil my pasta separately. I add water equal in amount to the pasta sauce and the dried pasta to my meat & sauce after it has come to a boil and turn it off when the pasta is at the al dente stage. I then cover with a lid and let it stand for 10-15 minutes before serving. My girls cook their pasta in the sauce like I do....I HATE to wash pots and pans which is what prompted the change about 25 years ago.


That sounds good, I make mine from my leftover slowcooker BBQ Short Ribs, but is their realy a wrong way to make goulash, it's just like any other recipie, add or take away anything that fancy's your tast buds, in your kitchen you are in charge ! I know in mine if you don't like what I make I'll be glade to boil you up a hot dog.

I agree with babbsaroniKC, countrychef2000 is clueless. Maybe he has a problem with reading comprehension. I knew what is was the minute I saw the title. I was raised on this food and still make it for myself. My mom would make a big pot of meat sauce for a spaghetti dinner and used the leftover sauce mixed with macaroni to feed us two nights later, minus the cheese.

My mom made it for years also.... the dish goes a long way and my kids loved it too. Easy to make and great for a big family when everyone's on a budget.

we have been making tis for years even when we lived in new york, it was our favorite recipe. my sister would sometime use beef stew in place of the chain.

To Country Chef, this receipe calls for Macaroni (pasta) not spagetti which is long. I use Italian sausage broken up instead of the beef and it is really good. I also call it Goulash.


Relatively quick and easy, and VERY tasty!!!! No leftovers - it was too good!

To: Countrychef 2000 I think your comment was way out of line. The word "goulash" in the english dictionary mean a mixture of different things. Now had she put "Hungarian " instead of "American" in her title I would also question it. I also have made this recipe since the late 50's using tomatoes in the can instead of spaghetti sauce. I don't think they had spaghetti sauce in the can as yet. When I make mine I also call it "goulash" and it is delicious!!

Why not call it Spaghetti. There is nothing in this to even relate it to Goulash. I guess the words "All American" should be our first clue. Real "Goulash" is Hungarian and involves Paprika, lots of Paprika. I like this website as it has many great recipes/ideas. Pleas stay true to the dish, make variances but dont completely change the recipe to spaghetti & call it Goulash, it's like changing the color of your Ford & calling it a Volkswagon.

Hum......maybe you could dial it down a notch country chef 2000? Most of your posts are offensive because they read like a culinary student and/or pro chef is writing them. I'm betting you wouldn't know a down-home-country meal if it was laid in front of you. I am also betting that most of the recipes on this site were submitted, sought, reviewed, and commented upon by home cooks. I have yet to find a single review by you that is actually a know, the kind of reviews made AFTER someone has actually made the dish.


4 stars. Not as good as Mr Food's Baked Goulash but pretty good. I think the diffreance is the cheese. Maybe if mozzerali was used instead of the cheddar.


sounds wonderful will try to night thanks a bunch

Can't wait to try this one dish meal w/a salad. Looks and sounds DE licious.


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