Well, here it is... my mom's recipe for beef goulash! I'm so excited to share this recipe with you. I grew up with this dish and love it! The interesting thing is how very simple it really is. Ok, so I've jazzed it up just a tad bit by adding a red pepper, a little cayenne, AND I used elbow pasta (a request by Chris) instead of egg noodles, but, otherwise, this recipe is straight out of my mom's recipe box. I love the simplicity of this dish. Minimal ingredients and most of us should have everything, except for maybe the beef, on hand at all times. Now I know why my mom made it... it's simple and it can make a lot of food without inflating that grocery bill! Plus, it was loved by the pickiest eater in the house - me!
Thanks, Mom! Chris and I can't wait to have it again :)
My Mom's Beef Goulash
Slightly adapted from my mom
1 lbs boneless beef round, cut into 1/2" cubes
2 Tablespoons flour
1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 sweet onion, roughly chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
2 cups water
1 Tablespoon Paprika (I used Hungarian sweet)
3/4 teaspoons salt
1 bay leaf
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
2 cups elbow pasta
Put the beef chunks in a bowl and add the flour. Toss to coat and set aside.
In a deep skillet, over medium heat, add the olive oil. Add the onions and cook for 4 minutes. Add the red pepper and cook another 2 minutes. Now add the beef and cook until it is no longer pink in the middle, about another 5 minutes. Stir in the water, paprika, salt, bay leaf, garlic, and cayenne. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until meat is tender, about 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
Cook noodles according to package directions; drain well. Pour goulash mixture over pasta and serve. Enjoy!
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