Southwestern Goulash Recipe
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Southwestern Goulash Recipe

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I had some extra cilantro in the fridge and didn't want to throw it away. Instead, I came up with this delightful and filling family recipe. Everyone just loved it! —Vikki Rebholz, West Chester, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2/3 cup frozen corn
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups: 224 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 567mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 19g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch.


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a 6-qt. stockpot, cook and crumble beef with onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, 6-8 minutes; drain.
  2. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, corn, chilies and dry seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until flavors are blended, about 5 minutes. Stir in macaroni and cilantro. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Southwestern Goulash in Healthy Cooking June/July 2008, p21

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Airbusgirl User ID: 8909469 263619
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2017

"I followed the recipe but thought this lacked flavor. Southwest food is some of my favorite dishes but this was so bland. I'm rewarmimg it tomorrow and will add more cumin and definitely more cilantro. I also found a jar of dry Mexican seasoning and will be adding that in. I also would double the tomato sauce and reduce it to one can of diced tomatoes. It's ok but will definitely be tweaking this recipe. I like the other reviews of adding taco seasoning and jalapeno. I am really hoping adding the additional spices will perk this up!!"

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 261729
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2017

"Made this with turkey burger and it was also good with that."

AMANDALEEANN User ID: 6377446 260574
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2017

"I was afraid this would lack flavor, but I did not feel that it did. I enjoyed it the first night, as well as leftovers for the next couple of nights (it's just me) I thought it was very good. I may try it next time with taco seasoning (omitting the cumin, salt and pepper) just to see how it was."

mecss User ID: 8200731 259976
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2017

"I made it as directed. It looked good, but lacked flavor. If I make it again, I would try using fresh jalapenos, increase the cumin a bit, maybe add a little oregano and garnish with grated or crumbled cheese."

Donna12121956 User ID: 8140588 259902
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2017

"I was wondering if you could make this is a pressure cooker or a crock Pot? I have an Instant Pot here that I love to use"

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 259626
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2017 Edited Apr. 13, 2017

"So quick to make. Tasted good also. Great weeknight meal!"

kalmanizer User ID: 6359646 259425
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2017

"One of the best goulash recipes my stomach has ever craved. Thank you for sharing over the recipe! :)"

TJHTulsa User ID: 7679938 255521
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2016

"I have been making Goulash very similar to this for over 40 years. I don't add corn or cilantro (daughter didn't like them) and I used Williams chili Seasoning to taste. Always made a big batch because it was one of the few things my daughter would eat two days in a row. As easy as a "box" mix and so much better!"

bloop00 User ID: 8863037 248375
Reviewed May. 18, 2016

"very flavorless dish. added quite a bit of spices and still tasted bland. gonna drain tomatoes next time. other than that great recipe"

mom2dogs User ID: 7543119 247999
Reviewed May. 9, 2016

"Really like this recipe. Do recommend saving some pasta water in case you need a bit more liquid. Used black beans instead of corn because that's what I had on hand and added a handful of kale for some extra nutrition. Good, easy, quick meal, will make it again."

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