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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: 25 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
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2/3 cup frozen corn
  • 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; 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.
  • 2. Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce, corn, chilies and dry seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until flavors are blended, about 5 minutes. Stir in macaroni and cilantro. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional 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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MarineMom_texas User ID: 31788 271518
Reviewed 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.

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Airbusgirl User ID: 8909469 263619
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2017

"I followed the recipe but thought this lacked flavor. Southwest food is some of my favorite dishes but this was so bland. I'm rewarmimg it tomorrow and will add more cumin and definitely more cilantro. I also found a jar of dry Mexican seasoning and will be adding that in. I also would double the tomato sauce and reduce it to one can of diced tomatoes. It's ok but will definitely be tweaking this recipe. I like the other reviews of adding taco seasoning and jalapeno. I am really hoping adding the additional spices will perk this up!!"

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 261729
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2017

"Made this with turkey burger and it was also good with that."

AMANDALEEANN User ID: 6377446 260574
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2017

"I was afraid this would lack flavor, but I did not feel that it did. I enjoyed it the first night, as well as leftovers for the next couple of nights (it's just me) I thought it was very good. I may try it next time with taco seasoning (omitting the cumin, salt and pepper) just to see how it was."

mecss User ID: 8200731 259976
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2017

"I made it as directed. It looked good, but lacked flavor. If I make it again, I would try using fresh jalapenos, increase the cumin a bit, maybe add a little oregano and garnish with grated or crumbled cheese."

Donna12121956 User ID: 8140588 259902
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2017

"I was wondering if you could make this is a pressure cooker or a crock Pot? I have an Instant Pot here that I love to use"

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 259626
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2017 Edited Apr. 13, 2017

"So quick to make. Tasted good also. Great weeknight meal!"

kalmanizer User ID: 6359646 259425
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2017

"One of the best goulash recipes my stomach has ever craved. Thank you for sharing over the recipe! :)"

TJHTulsa User ID: 7679938 255521
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2016

"I have been making Goulash very similar to this for over 40 years. I don't add corn or cilantro (daughter didn't like them) and I used Williams chili Seasoning to taste. Always made a big batch because it was one of the few things my daughter would eat two days in a row. As easy as a "box" mix and so much better!"

bloop00 User ID: 8863037 248375
Reviewed May. 18, 2016

"very flavorless dish. added quite a bit of spices and still tasted bland. gonna drain tomatoes next time. other than that great recipe"

mom2dogs User ID: 7543119 247999
Reviewed May. 9, 2016

"Really like this recipe. Do recommend saving some pasta water in case you need a bit more liquid. Used black beans instead of corn because that's what I had on hand and added a handful of kale for some extra nutrition. Good, easy, quick meal, will make it again."

habenaroman User ID: 7905288 243641
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2016

"Very good, easy. We all liked it."

paul3303 User ID: 1713232 233423
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2015

"Great recipe. Fat and easy."

Gemini16 User ID: 5113467 226188
Reviewed May. 11, 2015

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

4Huskers User ID: 5191012 174097
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."

Lauragreer User ID: 3053438 158484
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."

crystal92780 User ID: 5984690 87046
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2014

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

cookinmommy User ID: 166191 100523
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!"

[email protected] User ID: 5326454 171942
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."

chin-chilla User ID: 2872569 100522
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2012

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

[email protected] User ID: 966636 112524
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!"

Kper0315 User ID: 5945519 172887
Reviewed May. 30, 2012

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

kgalloway2 User ID: 2965850 171940
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

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

happycamperd User ID: 1342435 209788
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!"

LouannPearson User ID: 4534435 176874
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

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

asia96 User ID: 1019067 158483
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2012

"I did not care for this at all."

montoya8134 User ID: 1593804 87031
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!"

evhigh User ID: 5349733 171918
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."

Ninja88 User ID: 6143620 90824
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."

Stamper50 User ID: 5335141 209787
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."

Crystal6789 User ID: 5768435 90808
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2011

"Excellent recipe! It disapeared very quickly."

khal8 User ID: 1557836 87002
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."

jennyferk User ID: 5888015 104036
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!"

zegunism User ID: 3308364 140980
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2011

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

kbsims88 User ID: 5917926 156803
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!"

SuzyJean User ID: 4448103 161037
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2011

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

mom2ek User ID: 2581465 87001
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2011

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

marciaoakley User ID: 1474421 173168
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."

sashabee User ID: 5667687 104454
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!!"

lightedway User ID: 4228023 176867
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."

leataylor65 User ID: 5577011 173166
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010 Edited Jan. 20, 2017

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

leataylor65 User ID: 5577011 112509
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2010 Edited Jan. 20, 2017

"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"

mom of boys User ID: 1386108 176865
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!!"

[email protected] User ID: 1884180 158482
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2010 Edited Jan. 20, 2017

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

DorisSmithsonTemple User ID: 1736649 100521
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"

justmelane User ID: 1998802 86952
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2009 Edited Jan. 20, 2017

"This was very good and easy."

bigmo9193 User ID: 1280561 161027
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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