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I've always loved goulash. The deep, rich flavors, meaty, hearty, filling. And now that I'm older and see how easy it is, I love it all the more!

If you want to make yourself some, here's a recipe that I came up with to help keep away the still chilly winter weather.
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Step 1: What You Need

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The list looks a bit long, but most of it is stuff you probably already have on hand, and gives the goulash a nice complex flavor.

1 Tablespoon oil
3 carrots
1/2 large onion
1 pound ground beef
A splash of wine (you could leave it out if you really had to, and if you're a minor you can have your parents add it for you)
4 cups tomato juice
4 cups drinking water
1 Tablespoon beef base (beef bullion could be substituted)
1 Tablespoon worcestershire
1 Tablespoon taco seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 pound pasta

Step 2: The Vegetables

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Peel the carrots and finely dice them. Do the same with the onion. Add them to a large pot with the oil. Cook on medium high heat until the onions are translucent.

Step 3: The Beef

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Add the ground beef to the pan. As it cooks break it up with a metal spatula. Cook until done and slightly browned.

Step 4: The Liquid

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Add the tomato juice and water. A splash of wine adds a lot of flavor, and the alcohol will cook out.

My tomato juice is home canned. If you want chunks of tomato, you could get some cans of diced tomatoes and add them and their juice instead. You'll probably just need to add some more water so theirs enough for the pasta.

Take the heat up to high.

Step 5: The Flavor

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Add the beef base, worcestershire, taco seasoning, garlic powder, black pepper, salt and red pepper flakes.

And no, the taco seasoning will not make your goulash taste like tacos. I'm adding just enough to give a complexity of flavor.
piks3 years ago
I'm slightly confused, how can you make goulash without paprika?
Sporkette (author)  piks3 years ago
I guess I didn't realize that paprika was necissary, since my mom never made it that way, and my recipe is me just updating what she did. I guess mine is just non-authentic? Looking at other recipe's on the web, there are a lot that don't have paprika.

Next time I make it I'll try adding paprika and see how it turns out.
Sporkette, there are many customized non-Hungarian Goulash recipes on the www.

Like the "I Can't Believe I'm Out of (bleep-bleep) Paprika!" Goulash my mom was really fond of, too.  Maybe our moms are somehow related?

I've heard of the rare "I Hate Paprika Goulash" and even the "I Forgot the Paprika Goulash" invented by a Hungarian with alzheimers.

btw... Your recipe looks wonderful! ;-)