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Southwestern Goulash

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


  • 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 chiles
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro


  • 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.
  • Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, corn, chiles and dry seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until flavors are blended, about 5 minutes. Stir in macaroni and cilantro.
Nutrition 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.

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  • Scott
    Aug 6, 2020

    This is NOT Goulash!

  • Marianne
    Jul 26, 2020

    I added many ingredients to spice up this very bland recipe. Ketchup instead of tomato sauce. garlic Powder , worcestershire sauce, chopped celery, and diced green pepper. Children might prefer the original recipe but my adult family likes more flavor.

  • Mona
    Mar 8, 2020

    Good, I made it a second time but changed the tomato sauce to paste and used Rotel instead of tomatoes and bell pepper instead of corn. I also put a tablespoon of ketchup. Delish!!

  • annsway1
    Aug 6, 2019

    We southerners call this chili'. It is delicious no matter what you want to call it.

  • missdc
    Aug 6, 2019

    As is this recipe is good BUT bland..I added 2 tbsp taco seasoning..omitted cumin...added 1 cup chunky salsa instead of tomato sauce and to make it healthy used ground turkey instead id ground beef....VERY tasty with these minor changes..

  • Grandmaj2u
    Jan 18, 2019

    As written, this does not end up to be what my family considers "southwestern" BUT, it is easy enough to fix that. 1) Substitute 2 cans of Rotel diced tomatoes for the 28oz can of tomatoes. Rotel comes in 3 heat levels, so be careful with that. The mild is quite bland and lacks that Mexican flair. Medium is a good choice, giving some heat, but not too much. The lime cilantro is very goid,without having much cilsntro taste though. So if you like cilsntro, you need to add more. If you do not like cilantro, this will not bother you at all . The original is HOT in my opinion. Choose accordingly. 2) Next, DEFINATELY SUB OUT THE 8 oz CAN OF TOMATO SAUCE FOR 1 C. OF SALSA. We like Newmans Own Salsa. But again CHOOSE CAREFULLY, because there are multiple varieties, including fruit varieties, which do NOT work in this dish. If you really like cilantro, use the stems, finely minced. The stems have twice the flavor of cilantro than the leaves do.

  • emilywest24
    Jun 28, 2018

    Since many of the reviews mentioned that this recipe was lacking in flavor, I used fire roasted diced tomatoes with seasonings added, substituted the tomato sauce for a can of condensed tomato soup, and added two tablespoons of taco seasoning instead of the cumin. I also served it with a shredded Mexican cheese blend on top. With some modifications, this recipe was delicious as well as super quick and easy!

  • tamarapearson
    Apr 13, 2018

    I made this using ground chicken breast and Rotel canned tomatoes with green chilles. I did not add the macaroni and instead added kidney beans and served it like chili with a spoonful of sour cream and green onion on top. So delicious and healthy too! This is definitely a favorite in our house.

  • Medic 716
    Mar 21, 2018

    Lacked in flavor, will adjust recipe next time with other seasonings etc others have mentioned.

  • MarineMom_texas
    Aug 8, 2017

    We had this delicious dish tonight. We loved it. Because of all the remarks about it being bland, I added 2 tablespoons of Williams Chili Seasoning to it but I could have used chili powder. I did cook the macaroni separately only because I do that to have both done at the same time. Then combine them. Thanks to all the reviewers for such good reviews. We will be having this recipe again.Volunteer Field Editor