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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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

"So quick to make. Tatted 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."

habenaroman User ID: 7905288 243641
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2016

"Very good, easy. We all liked it."

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