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Butternut Goulash

We make this treasured family goulash recipe using squash from our own backyard. The chili powder and cayenne really warm you up! —Allison Wilmarth, Forest City, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 45 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (2-1/2 quarts)


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 large red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (28 ounces) no-salt-added crushed tomatoes
  • 1-1/2 cups peeled butternut squash, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 can (8 ounces) no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups chopped zucchini
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, optional


  • In a Dutch oven, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add beef, red pepper and onion; cook, crumbling beef, until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender, 6-8 minutes; drain.
  • Add the next eight ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered, about 20 minutes; add zucchini. Continue simmering until vegetables are tender, another 20-25 minutes. Just before serving, sprinkle with cheese if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 196 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 450mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 5g fiber), 14g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 fat.

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  • NH-rescue
    Jan 1, 2018

    Nice and hearty! You can vary the heat by reducing or adding more chili powder or cayenne pepper (red pepper flakes add heat, too!) Works well with pork chunks as well as ground beef.

  • Shelly413
    Dec 15, 2016

    loved it! great flavor, have made it multiple times now.

  • robbrd
    Oct 17, 2016

    LOVED this! I did substitute the ground beef with ground turkey because I have one child that will not eat ground beef. Everyone really liked this dish and told me to keep the recipe! Winner in our house.