Mom’s Classic American Goulash

Classic American Goulash sometimes called Macaroni Beef or Chili Mac.


  • 3/4 cup of dry macaroni, small-sized, cooked al dente
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 28 ounce can of whole tomatoes with juice, crush tomatoes by hand
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Cheddar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a Dutch oven or large casserole, add hamburger, onion and green onion. Cook, breaking up the beef until cooked through, drain. Add garlic and stir together. Add tomatoes and chili powder, stir and heat through. Add in macaroni noodles and toss together. Taste – add salt if desired.

Sprinkle top with cheese. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until bubbly and the top has begun to brown a bit.

Keywords: Bargain Meal of the Week, Beef, Bell Peppers, canned tomatoes, Casserole, Cheese, Family Recipe, Ground Beef, Heritage Recipe, macaroni, parmesan, Pasta, Tomatoes

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