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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.

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
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! ;-)