Pepper Beef Goulash Recipe
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Pepper Beef Goulash Recipe

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Peggy Key of Grant, Alabama uses only a couple of common ingredients to turn beef stew meat into a hearty entree. No one will ever guess the secret behind her great goulash--an envelope of sloppy joe seasoning.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:4-5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 4-5 servings


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 envelope sloppy joe seasoning
  • 2 to 2-1/4 pounds beef stew meat (3/4-inch cubes)
  • 1 celery rib, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 medium green pepper, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • Hot cooked rice or noodles


  1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the water, tomato paste, vinegar and sloppy joe seasoning. Stir in the beef, celery and green pepper. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours. Serve with rice. Yield: 4-5 servings.
Originally published as Pepper Beef Goulash in Quick Cooking September/October 2001, p49

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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johnson5dad User ID: 2678789 221759
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"Surprisingly flavorful and oh, so easy! May need to rename it in my recipe box as it doesn't fit under my definition of "goulash" but one way or another, I will find this and make it again!"

carptree User ID: 1893496 90173
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2014

"This had a wonderful flavor and was easy to make. We topped it with a little sour cream."

jeannette71 User ID: 4858205 73994
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2013

"This is a good way to make goulash, very tasty and different from the sour cream gravy"

TiKiTango User ID: 7337547 55993
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2013

"This was tasty! The sauce reminded me of what my mom use to cook stuffed green peppers in. Served white rice AND mashed potatoes."

karebear0099 User ID: 7266770 33063
Reviewed May. 27, 2013

"This recipe has really good flavor and is sooo easy. The only thing I don't like is that the beef stew meat creates oil/fat in the sauce. The stew meat itself gets the fat cooked off though, and is really good and moist."

brenda taylor User ID: 4096857 80748
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2013

"This is an excellent recipe. Easy to put together and everyone in my family enjoyed it from the first time I made it. I cook this on low in my crock pot for 4 hours only."

danajonesks User ID: 5291861 36666
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2011

"Excellent, & Easy!! I'd give it 10 stars if I could. Made it for a family get together and everyone said it was a keeper!! We had this over egg noodles but next time we will try rice or even mashed potatoes. It was a hit at our house and we'll be making it again soon. Thanks for posting this great dish!"

theresa28 User ID: 6050803 90172
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2011

"I made this recipe,so easy and tasty.I served mine over whole wheat noodles,turned out awesome"

gingerriss User ID: 4959883 204467
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010

"tasted like chiense food. very yummy"

bertbell User ID: 3516453 204466
Reviewed May. 23, 2009

"I was looking for something different to do with stew meat and found this recipe. It is a simple yet so delicious recipe and is now part of my recipe file. A nice easy dish for a busy week night or Sunday dinner.

Bert Bell"

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