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Southwestern Goulash Recipe

Southwestern Goulash Recipe

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: 30 min. YIELD: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
  • 2/3 cup frozen corn
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 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


  • 1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook beef and onion until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, corn, tomato sauce, chilies, cumin, pepper and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3-5 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
  • 2. Drain macaroni; add to meat mixture and heat through. Stir in cilantro.
    Freeze option: Freeze individual portions of cooled goulash in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Southwestern Goulash

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Reviewed Sep. 25, 2015

"Great recipe. Fat and easy."

Reviewed May. 11, 2015

"I love this recipe I up the spices in it for more flavor"

Reviewed Oct. 22, 2014

"I made this today and it was really good. I used 2 cans of Rotel tomatoes with green chilies and also added the can of green chilies (we love chilies). Replaced the corn with black beans as someone in our family does not like corn. Added some taco seasoning to the meat also. I didn't have cilantro but next time I'll be sure to get some as I'm sure it will enhance the flavors even more. This is a keeper and I know we'll make it often. Thanks for a great recipe."

Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"This was so easy to make. I like that it is not too spicy but has a very nice flavor to it. Made it exactly as written and it was great. Will make this again."

Reviewed Sep. 13, 2014

"This was so easy to make! The combination of ingredients is mouth watering."

Reviewed Jun. 20, 2013

"This is real tasty and so easy too! I think I'd add just a bit more corn next time. I had everything on hand and it was a new take on goulash that my family & I really liked!"

Reviewed May. 14, 2013

"We were very disappointed with this recipe. The flavor was okay, but it was very acidic. I'm not even going to bother saving the leftovers."

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2012

"This was good and eay to make....i added cheese and double the cumin"

Reviewed Jun. 12, 2012

"My family loved it, even my 9-year old who refuses to eat corn or tomatoes. Definitely going into our rotation!"

Reviewed May. 30, 2012

"Excellent, easy to make, followed recipe exactly. Yum."

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

"My family loves this recipe. Even my picky 7 year old!"

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2012

"This was quite good. Of course I made some changes :)..Whole grain elbows, diced petite tomatoes with chilies (spicy hot), 1 can of black beans (drained), a bit extra cilantro and finely shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar. Oh and I used ground turkey. This one is going into my rotation file and I have already sent it out to friends. It's a hit!"

Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"My husband loved this one! So I guess I will be making it again. Thanks!"

Reviewed Jan. 12, 2012

"I did not care for this at all."

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2012

"used can of tomatoes with chilis & didn't have fresh cilantro in the house...can't wait to try it with cilantro bet it will be even tastier!"

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2012

"I have been making this recipe for years and love it. But instead of one cup of macaroni I use a box of Kraft Mac and Cheese and make per box instructions and just add to the other ingredients. Delicious."

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2012

"Been making this recipes for years with a few additions. Add a can of beans (your choice of kidney, black, pinto...whatever), also use a tsp of Cumin, 1/2 tsp Turmeric, 1 tsp Ancho chile powder, 1 diced Serrano pepper. Serve with toppings of sour cream or yogurt, diced green onions, grated cheddar cheese and fresh,diced cilantro."

Reviewed Jan. 4, 2012

"This is a recipe my mom used all the time, except for the chillies, cumin and cilantro as we didn't have those products available 78 years ago. I still make it and love it."

Reviewed Sep. 4, 2011

"Excellent recipe! It disapeared very quickly."

Reviewed Aug. 29, 2011

"Loved it! I used ground sausage instead of beef. I also added red pepper flakes and black beans!! Very good, easily adaptable to whatever you have in the house."

Reviewed Jul. 15, 2011

"This recipe has become a regular at our house. My kids ask for it every few weeks. I like to double the recipe and put the leftovers in individual containers for later. It reheats very well!"

Reviewed Jun. 18, 2011

"Awesome recipe! Loved it with black beans too."

Reviewed Apr. 5, 2011

"This recipe turned out to be delicious! It was so easy to make, and provided great leftovers. I will definitely be making this one again!"

Reviewed Mar. 21, 2011

"Love it! This is a great recipe! Thank you for sharing!"

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2011

"Loved it! I added garlic salt and extra cilantro. Everyone loved it! Better as a leftover to!"

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2010

"I used wheat macaroni and diced tomatoes with garlic and olive oil. I left out the cilantro, as I don't like it. This dish is very good! I agree that it would be good with some black beans. You could also add a little shredded cheddar or taco cheese before serving."

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2010

"I saw this recipe over a year ago. I make it at least once every other week. It is so yummy and so filling, and so has so many flavors and colors. I just loved it!!"

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2010

"We get tired of the same ol' dishes so this recipe is a great use of burger with a different taste. Plus I usually have these ingredients on hand. I did add one rinsed can of black beans as another reviewer suggested. I also gave it a kick with Cayenne Pepper and a can of zesty diced tomatoes with jalapeno. My husband likes whole wheat pasta so that is what I used. A dollop of sour cream and a spoon of salsa EXCELLENT! Thanks TOH."

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"Use shell pasta, it holds the sauce and is a nice change."

Reviewed Nov. 6, 2010

"This is similar to my recipe, I changed it up a bit. I cut the tomatoes back to a 16 ounce can and add a 16 ounce can of chili beans the kind with the sauce (Brook's chili hot beans). The beans add alot. I also use a whole can of corn. YUMMMY"

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2010

"This recipe is great. Everyone was asking me for the recipe. I used 1 can of mexican corn instead of the frozen corn. Nice change to ordinary goulash. Yummy!!"

Reviewed Sep. 14, 2010

"Thought it was a great goulash. I added some chilli powder and a half a can of rinsed black beans and it worked great."

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2010

"I used hominy instead of frozen corn- and only one can of tomatoes-next time I will add garlic and chili powder along with the cumin"

Reviewed Aug. 20, 2009

"This was very good and easy."

Reviewed Oct. 13, 2008

"I added 2 cloves minced garlic, 1/4 more tsp salt and 1/2 cup beef broth to this recipe. I decreased the diced tomatoes to 1 14 oz can. Served it with corn muffins and my family loved it!"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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