Southwestern Goulash

I was craving a simple and hearty dinner that used up some of the things in my refrigerator so I decided to make a Southwestern style goulash. It was a great way to use up the extra peppers, cilantro, and ground beef I had on hand and it tasted wonderful. I loved the spices and flavors of this dish and so did my husband. My kids said it was okay but it wasn’t their favorite – that’s okay, more for me!

Southwestern Goulash:
Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 3 baby red, orange, or yellow bell peppers, diced
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 14.5 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 7 oz can of whole green chilies, diced
  • 1 4 oz can of sliced olives
  • 1 cup of zucchini, diced
  • 1 cup of dried ditalini or macaroni pasta, cooked per instructions
  • 1 cup of frozen sweet corn
  • 1 cup of fresh cilantro, chopped, plus some for garnish
  • Cotija cheese, shredded

Heat the olive oil in a small Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and bell pepper then sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add the ground beef making sure to break up into small crumbles. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until cooked through. Add the seasonings and minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, green chilies, olives, and zucchini. Cook for 15 minutes. Taste and re-season if needed.

Cook pasta per instructions. Add the drained pasta along with the chopped cilantro to the mixture and stir until well mixed. Let the mixture simmer for another 5-10 minutes. Serve topped with fresh cilantro and shredded cotija cheese. Enjoy.

 

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19 Responses to “Southwestern Goulash”

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    Melissa — December 7, 2010 @ 5:00 am

    Gotta love using up what you have.

    But mostly I'm curious – is that a Le Creuset? It's an unusual color from what I see, so I was just wondering. I have a rarer color – the purple – but have never seen this shade you have. 'Course, it could be another brand and I'm just ramblin'. ;)

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    Kris — December 7, 2010 @ 5:45 am

    Oh my….looks so good. I will be making this very soon!!

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    Food, Fun and Life in the Charente — December 7, 2010 @ 7:39 am

    I have never put pasta in a goulash, interesting use of a one pot dish. Diane

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    Jenn — December 7, 2010 @ 1:27 pm

    Goulash always reminds me of my childhood! I love that. This looks fantastic!!
    Glad to see you back and cooking…take care of those fingers!

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    Marjie — December 7, 2010 @ 3:56 pm

    'Tis the season for simple and hearty foods, and this certainly fills the bill! And despite the daunting ingredient list, it looks pretty easy to make.

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    tamilyn — December 7, 2010 @ 4:01 pm

    Dude would love this!

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    Sushma Mallya — December 7, 2010 @ 4:02 pm

    looks yummy,…

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    StephenC — December 7, 2010 @ 4:10 pm

    Seems to me most of us could make a dish like this if we just had a good honest look at what stuff we've got languishing in the freezer, fridge and pantry. Hope you have opened some eyes to that fact.

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    Pam — December 7, 2010 @ 4:21 pm

    Melissa,

    It is a small gray Le Creuset that my mother in law gave me several years ago.

    Pam

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    Carmen Rosa — December 7, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

    I´m glad to see your recipes again.
    I hope that your finger is well.
    The goulash looks so good.

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    Mary — December 7, 2010 @ 5:31 pm

    Your finished product looks delicious. It's good you can develop recipes that utilize what you must use up. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    Jennifurla — December 7, 2010 @ 5:44 pm

    I want to eat at your place for a week, I love this recipe…a smothering of cheddar on top please.

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    Joanne — December 7, 2010 @ 6:21 pm

    Your kids are crazy, that looks delicious! I love all of the veggies you snuck in there. So much color!

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    teresa — December 7, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

    i adore all of those ingredients, especially cilantro. what a great dish!

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    Bridgett — December 7, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

    This would work perfectly for me for dinner tonight. Can't wait to try this one.

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    Lauren at KeepItSweet — December 7, 2010 @ 8:57 pm

    what a great healthy and hearty dinner!

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    Carey — December 7, 2010 @ 9:02 pm

    That looks and sounds Yummy. Thanks for the recipe/idea.

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    lisa — December 7, 2010 @ 10:05 pm

    This sounds and looks just fantastic!! Thank you for sharing.

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