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Southwestern Goulash

Southwestern Goulash is a complete meal on its' own. I love the fresh cilantro but you could substitute flat leaf parsley.

Southwestern Goulash is full of great flavors. I am a sucker for goulash probably because it is so easy to make and you can make a lot of different variations.

I originally found this recipe in my Taste of Home Healthy Cooking 2009 Annual Recipes Cookbook. I add a garlic clove mostly because I can’t help myself. I love garlic. 

Cost Per Serving $2.14 as of July 2022

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $12.86.

If you have a stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $11.58

  • Cost per serving is reduced to $1.93.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Stove Top

Recipe serves: 6

Serving size: 1 ~ 1/3 cups

Equipment needed: 1 large pot and 1 stockpot 

Total time: 30 minutes


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. If you have a stocked pantry you will save about $1.28.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $1.28 as of July 2022

  • ground cumin $1.28


Total: $11.58 as of July 2022

  • 1 - bunch fresh cilantro $0.88
  • 1 - bulb garlic $0.54
  • 1 - onion $0.40
  • 1 - pound ground beef $5.88
  • 1 - can chopped green chili 4 oz $0.76
  • 1 - box small elbow pasta $0.92
  • 1 - can diced tomatoes 28 oz $0.98
  • 1 - can tomato sauce 8 oz $0.38
  • 1 - bag frozen corn $0.84

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Complete the prep from the prep tab above.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boil for pasta. Cook pasta to package directions. 
  3. Heat the stock pot and cook beef (breaking into small pieces), onions, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper until the beef is brown. If needed, drain once browned. 
  4. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, corn, green chilies, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin and simmer for 5 minutes. Taste for seasoning.
  6. Once the noodles are done cooking drain and add to the stockpot along with cilantro. Enjoy! 

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 4 under $70 – Menu 1

Side Options

Roasted Vegetables

Vegetables such as green beans, corn, roasted carrots, etc.

Garlic Parmesan Bread

Side Salad

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