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Southern Ghoulash

Southern Ghoulash is a hearty one-pot meal the whole family will enjoy. It’s a quick, economical dinner with a hearty tomato meat sauce and pasta.

Southern Ghoulash


This type of ghoulash has been very popular in the south for many years and I think everyone makes it a little differently. The common ingredients are  pasta, ground beef, and tomato sauce, and many recipes call for cheddar cheese. I also like to add corn to mine, but that’s not as typical.

Southern Ghoulash- old-fashioned comfort food.


Southern Goulash is so easy to put together for a weeknight meal and it will feed a large crowd. It’s one of those meals that really warms you up and fills your belly so it’s perfect for a cold winter night.

With a teaspoon of Cajun seasoning and a half a teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes, this Goulash has a little heat.

Goulash is one of my favorite ground beef recipes. It’s one of the best ways to stretch some ground beef into a huge meal that will feed alot of people. I like a really meaty ghoulash so I use 2 pounds of ground beef, but you can make this ghoulash with just 1 pound of ground beef if that is all you have.

Southern Ghoulash- old-fashioned comfort food.


When making Southern Ghoulash, or anything with a tomato sauce, I always get the best results using Tuttorosso Tomatoes. I find the flavor and quality of Tuttorosso Tomatoes to be superior to any other brand on the market.

Southern Ghoulash- old-fashioned comfort food


See This Post where I compared Tuttorosso Tomatoes to another leading brand. Tuttorosso Tomatoes aren’t available everywhere but I can find them at my local Harris Teeter in the Charlotte, NC area and they are available most places along the east coast. Check this page to see if they are available near you.

Southern Ghoulash with ground beef


Tuttorosso is a family company and they have been growing tomatoes for over 70 years. They use only high-quality, vine-ripened, Non-GMO tomatoes that are picked at the height of ripeness and canned in Non-BPA-lined cans.

The first step to making a great meal is using quality ingredients and with Tuttorosso Tomatoes you can really taste the difference.

Southern Ghoulash with ground beef

This Goulash is pure southern comfort food!

Watch the short video below to see how easy this recipe is to make.

Southern Ghoulash

Southern Ghoulash

Southern Ghoulash is a hearty one-pot meal the whole family will enjoy. It's a quick, economical dinner with a hearty tomato meat sauce and pasta.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 25 minutes
TOTAL: 35 minutes
SERVINGS: 8 servings


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red or green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 (28-ounce) can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cups uncooked elbow pasta
  • 1 (11-ounce) can corn, drained
  • Shredded Cheddar cheese and sour cream for serving


  • Heat a lightly greased Dutch oven over medium heat and add the ground beef, onion, and bell pepper. Break meat apart with a wooden spoon as it cooks.
  • Once meat is no longer pink, drain off any liquid/grease. Return Dutch oven to heat and add garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook 1 minute.
  • Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, Italian seasoning, Cajun seasoning, seasoned salt, paprika, pepper and bay leaves. Simmer 5 minutes.
  • Add water and pasta and simmer, covered, until pasta is cooked, about 15 minutes. Discard bay leaves.
  • Stir in corn and serve with cheddar cheese and sour cream.


I like a really meaty ghoulash so I use 2 pounds of ground beef, but you can get by with just using 1 pound.


Calories: 406kcal
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: ground beef recipes

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Southern Ghoulash

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Originally published Dec 19, 2016

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13 thoughts on “Southern Ghoulash”

  1. My family devoured this dish I did add okra and changed pasta type/dialing down spicy level also to make this dish closer to how I remembered eating goulash as a child but my children and husband all asked for 2nds I will definitely remake again great for the cooler weather day’s and had alot of leftovers from a family Size of 5

  2. Charity Mechell Self

    I usually make everything by guessing of textures, but I wanted to try to follow step by step instructions, I chose this because it was one of my childhood favorites. It was delicious, very hearty, comfort food , minimum clean up. Household favorite for me and my family.

  3. Michael Fahnestock

    Easily adapted to the Instant Pot! The Pot will never replace the beauty of conventional cooking vessels like the Dutch Oven, but is a convenient addition to the kitchen non the less. It cooks recipes like this quickly and efficiently. Brown meat, caramelize onions adding bell pepper and garlic. Add other ingredients seasonings and spices pressure cook on high for 15 minutes. Depressurize add pasta and and pressure cook for 4 additional minutes. If using frozen corn add while on warm mode and allow to gently heat while additional moisture reduces and and flavors meld. What a great winter meal!

  4. Nancy G Reece

    Love the idea to add zucchini to this for a healthier main dish. My husband loves this! Thank you!

  5. Stacey Munz

    I’ve had this before and it was amazing!! Love it. When I first had it, I was living in southern Texas!!

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