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Quick, Cheap and Easy Goulash

I would like to get a cheap and easy recipe for goulash. Thanks.

R from Indianapolis, Indiana


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October 1, 20080 found this helpful

1/2 lb. to 1 lb. ground beef
(depending on family size )
1 box elbow macaroni
1 spaghetti sauce your choice (I like the Vegetable)
1 can tomato sauce

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October 1, 20080 found this helpful

Besides's my favorite.

Equal parts spaghetti sauce and cranberry jelled (or whole fruit) sauce.

I use 2 lbs turkey burger, cooking it first. Some onion powder, s/p, and garlic powder. I throw in a small can of mushroom pieces, and some chopped black olives if you like them.

Mix with the right amount of mac. and you have a sweeter tasting goolash. I love this because it's not so "tomatoey"...

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October 2, 20080 found this helpful

1 lb hamburger
1 onion chopped
1 can kidney beans undrained
1 16 oz can tomatoes OR tomato sauce
salt,pepper, garlic salt,sugar to taste
dash of Worcestershire sauce
1 cup cooked egg noodles

Cook onions and hamburger together. Add beans,tomatoes and seasoning. Simmer for about 30 min. Add noodles before serving. Serve with garlic toast and salad. Delicious!

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October 2, 20080 found this helpful

My husband came up with this back in the early 70's when we were stationed in Oklahoma and money was very tight.Brown 1 LB. hamburger ( or turkey burger nowdays), chopped onion, 1 can dark red kidney beans( NOT drained). Cube and boil any amount of potatos you wish. After all ingredients done,drain potatos leaving alittle of the water in. Add meat,onion and beans and simmer for about 15 minutes. Enjoy! To stretch, you can add in a can of light kidney bean and/or a can of whole kernal corn. Add some cornbread and you have a cheap and tummy warmin' meal.

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October 2, 20080 found this helpful

I've been cooking this goulash for over 20 years. You can easily half the recipe if your family is small or you don't like eating leftovers.

Easy Skillet Goulash

1 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 (16 oz.) cans stewed tomatoes (cheap brand)
2 (15 oz.) cans red kidney beans (cheap brand)
1 cup macaroni (cheapest brand)
1 tsp. salt (or to suit your taste)
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cumin
dash pepper

Optional: add canned or frozen corn

Brown ground beef and onion in a large skillet, drain excess fat. Add remaining ingredients and simmer, covered 30 to 40 minutes, or until macaroni is cooked and tender, stirring occasionally. 8 servings.

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October 4, 20080 found this helpful

1 lb. hamburger
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can corn
package macaroni and cheese (or leftover macaroni and cheese or your own homemade macaroni and cheese)


chopped onion (opt)
Cook hamburger, add onion, drain and keep in skillet. Add tomatoes and corn. Stir in cooked macaroni and cheese. Heat again until all is bubbly and hot.
Very simple and delicious

Source: This recipe is one my mom came up with using her leftovers. Macaroni and cheese was served at least once a week and she was/is excellent at stretching meals and using leftovers. We would have buttered bread with this as well.

By Shirley from Henderson, NV

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 10, 20080 found this helpful

I make mine with cheap ingredients and everyone loves it.

2 pounds of Shell noodles
2 pounds of Hamburger
1 Large can of Tomato Sauce
2 6 oz cans of Tomato Paste
1 "squirt" of Ketchup
16 oz of Cheese
Salt and Pepper

Brown the HAMBURGER in a skillet with SALT and PEPPER then drain off the grease. Boil NOODLES in water until almost done, they will cook the rest of the way when putting the rest of the ingredients together.


Mix HAMBURGER and NOODLES together with both cans of TOMATO PASTE and half of the TOMATO SAUCE add the KETCHUP and CHEESE. Mix together. If you find that the Goulash looks like it needs a little more sauce then add it, I have found it depends on the brand of things I buy per how much I need to add.

Happy Cookng!

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 4, 20090 found this helpful

1 lb. ground hamburger meat
1 box elbow macaroni
1 can tomato sauce
1 can corn (drained)
1/2 box velvetta cubed

Cook hamburger in large skillet, boil macaroni noodles and drain. Mix hamburger, corn, macaroni and tomato sauce, heat over medium while adding cheese stir till melted. Add salt and pepper.

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 13, 20090 found this helpful

- hamburger, browned (season w/ dried onion & garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste)


- 1 can condensed tomato soup
- 1 C hot water
- 1 packet chili mix (you know, like you find with the sauce and gravy packets)
- prepared noodles (we like Rigatoni)

brown burger, drain noodles, mix hot water, soup and chili seasoning together; add to burger & noodles. VERY good. We like to serve with coleslaw ... sounds odd but it's good.

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 16, 20090 found this helpful

Wow, no one makes it like I do!

1lb lean ground beef
pasta (I like elbows or rigatoni)
1 can tomato soup
1 can diced tomatoes
chopped onion (I like vidallia the best)

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June 4, 20090 found this helpful

3 Ingredient meal feeds an army :)

1 lb of bacon cut up and fried drain fat
1 pkg elbow noodles cooked and drained
1 can of hole pealed tomatoes cut up keep juice
salt and pepper to taste
mix all together and done

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August 29, 20100 found this helpful

We grew up with a great easy recipe that my mom use to always make! Now i make it when $$ is really tight and I only have $5.00 left to make a meal for the family!

2 cans tomato soup
2 cans vegetarian vegetable soup
small box of elbow noodles (or about 2 cups)
1lb. hamburger

I cook up some onion and garlic for flavor just before I brown my meat. Drain meat and add the soups. (to stretch meal, I add a little bit of water to just clean out the cans a bit).
While that is heating through, I cook the pasta as directed on box.
Mix all ingredients together and serve with buttered bread!

This feeds a family of four, so if you don't need that much, just cut yourself down to one can each of the soup and 1 cup (about) of pasta!
Cheap, cheap, cheap.

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November 7, 20100 found this helpful

I use this one all the time. Thanks Joan!

Dick's Goulash:
Brown 3/4 to 1 lb. ground beef with some chopped onion.
Add a large can of baked pork n beans.
Add some catsup and Worcestershire sauce or barbecue sauce. Both are optional.
I occasionally add a couple tablespoons of brown sugar and mustard for a little heat.
Heat entire mixture and serve alone or over some rice, noodles or on toasted buns.

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