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Spicy Goulash Recipe

Spicy Goulash Recipe

—Melissa Polk, West Lafayette, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 5-1/2 hours YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 4 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) Mexican diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the tomatoes, beans, water, onion, green pepper, vinegar, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, bouillon and seasonings.
  • 2. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until heated through.
  • 3. Stir in macaroni; cover and cook 30 minutes longer or until macaroni is tender. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 222 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 585mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 6g fiber), 15g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.

Reviews for Spicy Goulash

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lilypad144 User ID: 8361285 225915
Reviewed May. 5, 2015

"I make this recipe weekly. However, I have tweeked it quite a bit. I also add fresh mushrooms and instead of the regular diced tomatoes, I use hot rotel. I also add one addition tablespoon of chili powder. Needless to say, it is so hot, it makes my nose run. But I LOVE spicy foods so it's perfect. Also, the elbow macaroni would always overcook. I would take it out early to avoid this and it would still end up overcooking. Therefore, I now use penne pasta because it is thicker and it almost never gets mushy."

beeman42 User ID: 6421144 158317
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2012

"A little watery and bland"

voodoowitch User ID: 635464 210090
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2012

"I really liked this, my husband however thought it was 'gritty' but I doubt that had anything do with the recipe. Maybe it was the brand of beans or tomatoes I used.... We found it had just the right amount of kick but we eat a lot of spicy foods."

minmom User ID: 5872938 90533
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2012

"My family raved about this! It is low in fat-but has vibrant flavor and so easy to make!"

jessescrew User ID: 3432350 101726
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"This was very good. Boy, it was spicy-just like it claimed. My husband loved it as he likes spicy food. I really liked it too, even though I don't usually like anything that is too spicy. Will definitely make again."

uut4690 User ID: 3515825 175276
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"I thought this was great and very easy. I liked the calorie count but I added a few calories by dolloping with sour cream. I did not find it too hot but it could have been the sour cream that dampened that as I do not like really hot foods.

Changes I made: I used 1T chili powder and 1T of Paprika. I used one can of black beans and one can of kidney beans rather than 2 kidney beans. Yummy."

Libby T User ID: 5554146 179583
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2011

"Indeed, I would make this recipe again with a few changes. I would add only one (1) tablespoon of chili powder instead of two. When it says "spicy"- boy howdy, they were not kidding. I even added a can of tomato sauce hoping to cut the hot sauce. Milk was added to my father-in-laws bowl.

If you love hot, spicy food, then this is the dish for you. My son loved it. Once we had the "hotness" under control for the rest of us, we loved the dish. Thank you for submitting your recipe."

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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