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Goulash is an easy meal to make and one that people in the South love. It’s comfort food and so good that second helpings are hard to pass up.

Making a big pot of goulash can provide a week’s leftovers for one or two or feed six in one meal. Serve with crackers, cornbread, or garlic toast.


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My husband asked me to make goulash for his birthday this year. He didn’t want cake, so I put a candle in the goulash. His one request on how I made it – “Put lots of meat in it.” If you like macaroni and plenty of hamburger meat to go with it, you’ll like this recipe.

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Goulash with a Birthday Candle

Goulash is a common Southern favorite comfort food and is made differently by everyone it seems. Some like it with finely chopped onion, others with large chunks of onion. One recipe might have more tomatoes than others.

How to Make Easy Goulash

It really is very easy to make this famous Southern dish. But if you’re not from the South or you’ve never made goulash, a recipe is helpful no matter how easy it is to make. So I’ve got you covered on how to make an easy goulash meal. Here you go:

Basically, all you do is brown ground beef with an onion that has been chopped into fine or chunky pieces. Meanwhile, cook macaroni according to the directions on the package. You may like yours cooked al dente or tender (how I prefer).  

Goulash Recipe:


southern goulash

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 640 kcal


  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped

  • 2 lb 85% lean hamburger

  • 1/2 tbsp Six Seasonings

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups V8 juice
  • 1 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 24 oz bag cooked large elbow macaroni


  1. Cook 3/4 of the chopped onion with the ground beef in a large pot or stock pot.

  2. Add the Seasonings.

  3. When the meat is done, add the juice, tomatoes, and sauce.

  4. Mix in the remainder of the chopped onion.

  5. While the meat is cooking, bring 3 quarts water to boiling with 2 tsp salt. 

  6. When the water comes to boiling, add the macaroni and cook 8 minutes for tender macaroni. 

Recipe Notes

Makes enough to fill 1/2 of a stock pot. Great as a dinner for two with plenty of leftovers or as a meal for six. This recipe is good for times that you don't want to cook much for a week.

Size of Pot to Cook a Large Batch of Goulash

I cooked the goulash in an eight-quart stainless steel stock pot. If you don’t have this size on hand in your kitchen, a smaller one will work. The goulash filled half of the pot. 

8 quart pot

Incidentally, goulash for one is just as easy to make. Use half of what the recipe calls for. Or make the recipe for two, invite a friend over, send leftovers home with the friend, and save some for yourself. Like a vintage plate hanging over the doorway in my kitchen says, “The best thing I ever have in my kitchen is a friend who likes my cooking.”

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