Do you know what is Goulash? Have you ever tried it before? No? Or maybe it’s your comfort food… So let’s find out what is goulash.
Goulash originated in Hungary in medieval times and became common throughout Central Europe.
The classic version of this dish is popular in territories of the former Austrian-Hungarian Empire, from Italy to the Carpathian Mountains.
Traditional goulash is a Hungarian national dish. It’s a spicy stew or soup with meat, vegetables, and paprika.
Typically include onion, paprika, garlic, caraway seeds. Stock, diced tomatoes, and potatoes may also de added.
Why is it called goulash?
The name has also Hungarian roots because it originates from the Hungarian language.
The word “ugly” means “herd of cattle” in Hungarian, and “gulyás” means “herdsman” or “cowboy”.
All that was about traditional goulash. But besides it, there’s American goulash.
How do you make Southern Ghoulash?
Southern goulash is an American comfort food dish consisting of pasta, ground beef, tomatoes or tomato sauce, and seasonings. Some variations may include cheese.
American goulash is usually referred to as midwestern and southern United States.
That’s the reason why it is called Southern goulash.
As you might notice, Southern goulash has little in common with traditional Hungarian goulash, except the name, beef, and paprika.
Southern goulash is a great choice for an easy family dinner. It’s a quick, economical one-pot meal that will please the whole family.
So it’s a quick & easy meal that is delicious. If you’re looking for a very Southern goulash recipe, you’re at the right place.
Ground beef, fresh vegetables, and a blend of seasonings are simmered in a tender tomato sauce.
Add elbow pasta to the pot with meat and veggies and cook until the sauce is slightly thickened and pasta is tender. Stir in corn and serve with shredded cheese and sour cream on top.
What do you serve with goulash?
There are many sides that go with this recipe. I like to serve it with cornbread or cheesy garlic bread. Sometimes, I have it with a simple green salad, roasted zucchini, or Brussels sprouts. Choose what tastes you more.
Tips To Make Southern Ghoulash
- You can also prepare Southern goulash in a slow cooker. Cook it on high until beef is tender and the sauce has thickened about 4 hours.
- You can store it in a fridge in an air-tight container for up to 4 days. Reheat and enjoy it!
- Want to freeze your goulash for later use? No problem, place it in a freezer-safe dish or ziplock bag and store it for up to 3 months. Let thaw completely before reheating
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 1/2 red or green bell pepper, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 (14 oz) can tomato sauce
- 1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp Cajun seasoning
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 cup water
- 1 1/2 cups uncooked elbow pasta
- 5 oz canned corn, drained
- 4 tbsp sour cream (for serving, optional)
- shredded Cheddar (for serving, optional)
- Heat a lightly greased Dutch oven or heavy bottom pan over medium heat. Add ground beef, onion, and bell pepper. Cook, breaking the meat apart and stirring occasionally for 5 minutes or until meat is no longer pink.
- Drain any liquid or grease from the pan. Return back to the stovetop, add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 minute more.
- Add diced tomatoes, sauces, sugar, bay leaves, and all seasoning. Simmer 5-7 minutes.
- Add water and elbow pasta, cover with a lid and continue to simmer approximately 15 minutes or until pasta is cooked. Discard bay leaves.
- Remove from the heat and stir in corn.
- Divide between plates and serve sprinkled with cheddar cheese and topped with a spoonful of sour cream.
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