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Spicy Goulash with Beans

If you are looking to feed a large crowd and fill them up then look no further than this Spicy Goulash with Beans.

I like to make Spicy Goulash with Beans because less meat is needed to round out the dish. Beans are so good for you and I try to cook with them multiple times a week. If you are looking for an alternative to your chili party I highly recommend Spicy Goulash with Beans.

I originally found this recipe in my Taste of Home Healthy Cooking 2011 Annual Recipes Cookbook. I altered it a little to add more tomatoes and less spice. 

Cost Per Serving $1.81 as of June 2022

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $21.66 as of June 2022.

If you have a fully stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $12.26.

  • This reduces cost per serving to $1.02.

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

Crock-Pot and Stove Top

Recipe serves: 12

Serving size: 1 cup

Equipment needed: 1 deep skillet and 1 crock-pot

Total time: 5-6 hours


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices. If you have a fully stocked pantry there will be a savings of about $9.40.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $9.40 as of June 2022

  • beef bouillon granules $2.18
  • chili powder $1.00
  • ground cumin $1.28
  • dried basil $1.00
  • dried parsley $1.00
  • red wine vinegar $1.94
  • worcestershire sauce $1.00


Total: $12.26 as of June 2022

  • 1 - medium onion $0.62
  • 1 - green pepper $0.78
  • 1 - pound ground beef $5.62
  • 2 - cans kidney beans 16 oz $1.44
  • 3 - cans tomatoes and green chili's $2.16

    **14.5 oz

  • 1 - can diced tomato 14.5 oz $0.72
  • 1 - elbow macaroni 16 oz $0.92

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Complete the prep from the prep tab above.
  2. Add all ingredients except beef and elbow macaroni. 
  3. Sprinkle the meat with salt and pepper. Heat the pan then brown the meat in a skillet breaking into small pieces; drain the drippings and add the beef to the crock-pot.
  4. Stir to combine.
  5. Place crock-pot on low for 5-6 hours
  6. Add 2 cups of uncooked elbow macaroni; cover and continue to cook for 30 minutes or until macaroni is cooked. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 4 under $70 – Menu 5

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