Best Ever Goulash

An old fashioned favorite, ground beef Goulash comes together in about 30 minutes. You’ll never guess V-8 is the secret ingredient!

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Best Goulash Recipe

Our family’s delicious goulash recipe is made with ground beef, V-8 juice and seasonings. Coming together in 30 minutes, this quick and simple recipe is an easy dinner your whole family will love. We love it for entertaining as well because you can keep it warm in your slow cooker to serve a crowd.

For the ultimate meal, don’t forget the caesar salad and the dinner rolls or yummy beer bread on the side!

goulash in a white bowl

goulash in a white bowl

homemade goulash:

Sometimes known as Hungarian goulash, this recipe is basically a stew of meat and seasoning. It’s super hearty and delicious and comes together quickly and easily from scratch, all in one pot.

Our version is a spin on the Hungarian goulash of yesteryear. It’s probably a little more American than Hungarian… but I think it’s the best!

Lemme tell you, this goulash recipe comes from my Nannie–so you know it’s going to be great. Years ago, when I finally asked Nannie for the recipe myself so I could make it at home, she replied, “well I don’t have a recipe written down, honey.” It felt like a classic grandma moment! This yummy favorite meal existed only inside her head with no recipe card for the rest of us. She went on to tell me that she just “eyeballs everything” until it tastes good. Ha!

Thankfully, after a little experimentation, I have the recipe down. I hope you love it as much as we do.

You’ll only spend about five minutes bringing everything together and less than 30 minutes with the goulash on the stove. It’s really great for those busy evenings when you’re trying to do everything at once. I’m sure I’m not the only one experiencing that. ?

pot of goulash being stirred by wooden spoon

pot of goulash being stirred by wooden spoon

Goulash Ingredients you will need:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups V8 juice (I used low sodium)
  • 2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup elbow macaroni
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • Salt and pepper to taste

This post has been sponsored by Safeway. (All thoughts and opinions are my own.) Because you’ll want to order your ingredients from Safeway and then make this goulash pronto! The Safeway Drive Up & Go service, has swooped in to save both my time and sanity many times. I can order my groceries online, in my yoga pants, in the middle of my one hundred other things, and schedule a pickup – allowing for more family time, too! Their app makes ordering from my phone an easy option as well.

When placing my order, I can select all the same goodies and ingredients I would if I was shopping inside the store. Their shoppers do an excellent job selecting the fresh produce that I expect as well as all the staples for inside my pantry. When I arrive, a helpful employee pops the items in my car and I’m back to rest of my day without wandering through the store or standing in a checkout line. It’s brilliant.

Goulash Ingredients

Goulash Ingredients

There are also special savings involved! New customers receive $20 off + free grocery delivery on their first online order. Returning customers – remember to use time-saving services like Drive Up & Go at your local store or Grocery Delivery!

I use the app at my local Safeway, but you can also look for Drive Up & Go and Grocery Delivery services at many Albertsons Companies family of stores including Albertsons, Lucky, Pavilions, Randalls, Safeway, Tom Thumb, Vons, and Pak N Save. Which means you can always have the ingredients for your family’s favorite meals, like the goulash I’m sharing with you today.

How to Make Goulash

Begin with a pot over medium high heat, and cook the ground beef and onion together for about 3-5 minutes. Once cooked, add in garlic, V8 juice, diced tomatoes, elbow macaroni and seasoning salt. Bring to a boil.

(I’ve had friends tell me they were skeptical about the V8 juice… but after tasting it, they were converted. The flavors are wonderful!)

Once boiling, turn heat down to medium low and simmer for 20 minutes or until macaroni noodles have cooked through.Add in salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with parsley and enjoy!

pot of goulash

pot of goulash

You could also top with shredded cheese to make a cheesy beef dish that is also yummy. When serving a crowd, you could pop it in your crockpot to let the slow cooker do the work of keeping it warm for your guests.

Nannie also told me I can leave it simmering on low on the stove, which is great for the evenings when we’re all eating at goofy times as we come and go to activities.

I hope you’ll try both this yummy goulash and Safeway Drive Up & Go for your family soon!

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Best Goulash Recipe
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 cups V8 juice I used low sodium
  • 2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup elbow macaroni
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • In a pot over medium high heat, cook ground beef and onion together, about 3-5 minutes.

  • Once cooked, add in garlic, V8 juice, diced tomatoes, elbow macaroni and seasoning salt. Bring to a boil.

  • Once boiling, turn heat down to medium low and simmer for 20 minutes, or until macaroni noodles have cooked through.

  • Add in salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with parsley and enjoy!

Calories: 650kcal

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