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Hamburger Goulash Recipe

Hamburger Goulash Recipe

"Goulash over mashed potatoes was my birthday meal of choice when I was growing up," recalls Jennifer Willingham of Kansas City, Missouri. "Now I make my mother's tangy recipe for my family, and they like it, too."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 2-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • Hot cooked noodles or mashed potatoes


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the water, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, sugar, salt, mustard and garlic powder. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine flour and cold water until smooth; stir into the meat mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with noodles or potatoes.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary. Yield: 6 cups.

Nutritional Facts

1 cups: 431 calories, 24g fat (9g saturated fat), 125mg cholesterol, 896mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 39g protein.

Reviews for Hamburger Goulash

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nesting in Illinois User ID: 472204 253811
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2016

"I've been making this for years. My husband would live on this if I would let him."

lamonli User ID: 8259881 247907
Reviewed May. 5, 2016

"This was alittle sweet but very good and the family ate every bite"

psalmofpraise User ID: 7449918 125661
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2013

"Useful alternative to Hamburger Helper. Nice consistency; definitely try over potatoes. More than doubled the garlic powder, but could use a bit more zest. Overall makes a good weeknight meal for our family from convenient ingredients. Would make it again."

hlillis User ID: 1381495 138594
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2013

"This dish was good. My husband and 8 yr old really liked it. I didn't change anything in the recipe. May add veggies to it the next time I make it."

DMath47 User ID: 6968736 68430
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2012

"after seeing the reviews I made my own changes and added 1 large green pepper, 1 large onion, 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning, 3 small bulbs of fresh time I will add some peas and maybe some carrots... my husband and my two sons all ate 2 plates... all gone"

Babbi-Dan User ID: 4899497 128693
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2012

"This seemed to be missing something. The picture shows some green specks. I am thinking they might be green pepper. It would be much better with some green pepper added. I do plan to make it one more time, adding some green pepper, then decide if I want to keep it or not. I served it over mashed potatoes, which worked well."

volgawv User ID: 4528992 47248
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2011

"This is not worth the effort. Bland and tasteless. I was able to salvage it with a can of chili beans, some taco seasoning and a little bit of salsa."

DinerDreams User ID: 6302825 125659
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"We don't eat meat, so I made this with soy "burger crumbles" and served it over rice with a green salad. Looked, smelled, & tasted great!"

BfamMOM User ID: 5739442 91929
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"I needed a quick supper and this was it! I added green pepper and my kids added their own soy sauce. It is a little sweet. We ate it on rice."

livingstonlady User ID: 5771241 42199
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2011

"Made it healthy. Used sugarfree ketchup, NO sugar and rice flour. Even served it over mashed (with butter)califlower!! YUM!!!"

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 42197
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"This recipe is one of our regular dishes. I have made this many, many times since I first found it in an issue back in 2003 (I think). I do cut back the ground beef to 1.5 lbs since it didn't seem to be "saucy" enough. I then serve it over egg noodles. Very good!"

ArrowC User ID: 2124688 125658
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

"This is one of our family favorites! I do cut back on the Worcestershire sauce to 1Tablespoon. And then I add hot cooked elbow macaroni to the meat mixture and simmer for about 5 minutes before serving."

LORITHOMPSON44 User ID: 4217469 47247
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2009

"tasted like sloppy joe"

grandkidbabies User ID: 3386470 88295
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2009

"Did not like it at all. Way to sweet."

deedeehoefer User ID: 3295766 87133
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2008

"this sounds good. I am going to try it tonight.I will let you know what I think."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.