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Pepper Beef Goulash

Peggy Key of Grant, Alabama uses only a couple of common ingredients to turn beef stew meat into a hearty entree. No one will ever guess the secret behind her great goulash--an envelope of sloppy joe seasoning.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 envelope sloppy joe seasoning
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat (3/4-inch cubes)
  • 1 celery rib, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 medium green pepper, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • Hot cooked rice or noodles


  • In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the water, tomato paste, vinegar and sloppy joe seasoning. Stir in the beef, celery and green pepper. Cook, covered, on high for 4-5 hours or until meat is tender. Serve with rice.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 268 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 565mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 31g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1 starch.

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  • Sheryl
    Apr 14, 2018

    I don't know if there is a mistake in this recipe when it says to cook on HIGH setting of slow cooker but when I did that, the meat was so tough, rubbery and over-cooked that I had to throw the whole thing out. It was that inedible. I suspect that it may have turned out great if I had used low setting or even cooked in oven for 4-5 hours at a low temp such as 250.

  • pastiepie
    Feb 19, 2017

    We both enjoyed this recipe as is.

  • johnson5dad
    Mar 1, 2015

    Surprisingly flavorful and oh, so easy! May need to rename it in my recipe box as it doesn't fit under my definition of "goulash" but one way or another, I will find this and make it again!

  • carptree
    Jan 20, 2014

    This had a wonderful flavor and was easy to make. We topped it with a little sour cream.

  • jeannette71
    Sep 12, 2013

    This is a good way to make goulash, very tasty and different from the sour cream gravy

  • TiKiTango
    Aug 4, 2013

    This was tasty! The sauce reminded me of what my mom use to cook stuffed green peppers in. Served white rice AND mashed potatoes.

  • karebear0099
    May 27, 2013

    This recipe has really good flavor and is sooo easy. The only thing I don't like is that the beef stew meat creates oil/fat in the sauce. The stew meat itself gets the fat cooked off though, and is really good and moist.

  • brenda taylor
    Mar 6, 2013

    This is an excellent recipe. Easy to put together and everyone in my family enjoyed it from the first time I made it. I cook this on low in my crock pot for 4 hours only.

  • danajonesks
    Jul 16, 2011

    Excellent, & Easy!! I'd give it 10 stars if I could. Made it for a family get together and everyone said it was a keeper!! We had this over egg noodles but next time we will try rice or even mashed potatoes. It was a hit at our house and we'll be making it again soon. Thanks for posting this great dish!

  • theresa28
    Jun 29, 2011

    I made this recipe,so easy and tasty.I served mine over whole wheat noodles,turned out awesome