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Friday, April 20, 2012

My Mom's Beef Goulash

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
Printable Recipe 
Ingredients:
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

Directions:
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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13 comments:

Becki's Whole Life said...

This sounds yummy. I would actually like the egg noodles with this, too. I have always had goulash with ground beef, but I bet the cubed beef is more authentic. I will have to try this...my kids would love it.

Yenta Mary said...

Oh, man, comfort food supreme! It sounds fabulous, wonderful, delicious ... not enough caffeine in my brain yet to come up with more adjectives!

Pam said...

Your goulash looks great, Jenn! I've never had it with cubed meat, always with ground bee, but it sounds delicious so I'll have to try it your way. It's a perfect comfort food and great for our chilly weather now!

Pam said...

Actually, I've never had it with ground "bee," I meant beef. lol

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Real goulash, OMG! This is how goulash is supposed to be, not ground beef and a can of tomatoes (that's how we made it here LMAO). And look, it's even got paprika in it, like real goulash should!!! I've got to make this - it looks completely drool worthy :) Thanks Jenn and Jenn's Mom!

Cranberry Morning said...

I cannot tell you how much I love this stuff. And I cannot tell you how glad I am that there's not a hot dish of it sitting here in front of me. No way could I resist it!!

Pam said...

I really want a bowl of this goulash right now... it looks tasty Jenn.

Dom at Belleau Kitchen said...

oh wow, I love the look of this... I adore beef goulash... and I would go for the big fat flat noodles myself... love it!... thanks to your mum!

Mary said...

I've never seen a goulash made with chunks of beef like this. It sounds delicious!

Lea Ann said...

I don't have a good goulash recipe! Thanks for sharing your mom's special dish. I'm pinning it so I don't forget about it.

Big Dude said...

It sounds delicious and thanks for sharing it with us.

Chris said...

I know you are talking about YOUR Chris but I would have requested elbow noodles too, that's what I've always had in Goulash.

Candace said...

My family will love this, Jenn. It will be a great alternative to our American Chop Suey that is pure comfort food around here. I'm sure this will be requested again and again. I love egg noodles; but my family will love it even more with elbows, I think.