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Easy Slumgullion Recipe (American Goulash)

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Slumgullion (also known as American Goulash, American Chop-Suey, or Beefaroni) is a classic -and incredibly cheap – comfort meal. But make no mistake, this slumgullion recipe is anything BUT cheap-tasting. Who knew basic ingredients like pasta, ground beef, onion, and tomato sauce could make such an easy, delicious dinner?

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What is Slumgullion?

If you’ve heard of American Goulash, American Chop Suey, or Beefaroni – then you know what slumgullion is. The word slumgullion literally means “cheap meat stew”. The slumgullion recipe typically includes pasta (usually macaroni elbows), ground beef, and tomato-based sauce.

What’s the Difference between American Goulash and Hungarian Goulash?

This slumgullion recipe makes a delicious American Goulash. But before we start, keep in mind that American Goulash is NOT the same as the Hungarian Goulash you might find at restaurants.

In its most basic recipe, slumgullion is made out of beef, macaroni, and some sort of a red sauce. Hungarian Goulash, however, is the dish that features slow-simmered beef chunks in a paprika sauce.

But.. if you’re here for a classic American comfort food, you’re in the right place.

Let’s start!

What You Need to Make Slumgullion

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb pasta, cooked (I used penne, but you can use macaroni or any other types of pasta)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 (14 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp bouillon, chicken or beef
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • salt and pepper, as needed
  • 1 tbsp red chili flakes (optional)
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded (optional, but highly recommended)
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped (optional)

How to Make Slumgullion

  1. In a large non-stick pot, add 1 tbsp olive oil. Once hot, add in onions and saute until fragrant.
  2. Add the ground beef, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, rosemary, salt, pepper, and red chili flakes. Stir up the ground beef with your spatula to break it into chunks, and stir until meat is fully cooked.
  3. Mix in the tomato sauce and bouillon. Reduce the heat to low, and mix to combine. Allow the mixture to cook for 5-7 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  4. Add in the cooked pasta and stir the mixture to combine.
  5. You can serve the slumgullion as is at this point, or you can mix in the cheddar cheese.
  6. Sprinkle some chopped parsley and the slumgullion is ready to serve. ENJOY!

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Slumgullion on a plate

Slumgullion (American Goulash)

DWELL by Michelle
Slumgullion (also known as American Goulash, American Chop-Suey, or Beefaroni) is a classic -and incredibly cheap – comfort meal. But make no mistake, this slumgullion recipe is anything BUT cheap-tasting. Who knew basic ingredients like pasta, ground beef, onion, and tomato sauce could make such an easy, delicious dinner?
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 457 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 ½ pound ground beef
  • 1 pound pasta , cooked (I used penne, but you can use macaroni or any other types of pasta)
  • 1 onion , chopped
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 (14 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp bouillon , chicken or beef
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • salt and pepper , to taste
  • 1 tbsp red chili flakes (optional)
  • ¾ cup cheddar cheese , shredded (optional, but highly recommended)
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley , chopped (optional)

Instructions
 

  • In a large non-stick pot, add 1 tbsp olive oil. Once hot, add in onions and saute until fragrant.
  • Add the ground beef, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, rosemary, salt, pepper, and red chili flakes. Stir up the ground beef with your spatula to break it into chunks, and stir until meat is fully cooked.
  • Mix in the tomato sauce and bouillon. Reduce the heat to low, and mix to combine. Allow the mixture to cook for 5-7 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  • Add in the cooked pasta and stir the mixture to combine.
  • You can serve the slumgullion as is at this point, or you can mix in the cheddar cheese.
  • Sprinkle some chopped parsley and the slumgullion is ready to serve. ENJOY!
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18 Comments

  1. Add some Italian sausage, mozzarella and parmesan cheese, and you’ve got Italian Mostaccioli! Yum!!!

  2. I have eaten this for years, the only adjustment is that I add a small can of corn and I use canned tomato pieces. You could add almost anything. My family loves it. Thank You

  3. We made this often when feeding the boys/girls swim team the night before a meet. There were never any leftovers!

  4. If you were brought up poor that is in a poor family seven children two adults you would know slump Gullion as a large pot of everything left over from the refrigerator and grains and beans and rice and if you were lucky chicken or beef perhaps. You may have been lucky and had beef or chicken but more probably wild meats squirrel groundhog venison pork rarely

    1. Hi Ann! I realized that I didn’t copy over the ground beef amount to the recipe card, but if you scroll up to the “what you need to make Slumgullion” section in the article, you’ll see that it is noted as 1 1/2 pound ground beef. Thank you so much for pointing this out, I will make sure to update this in the recipe card.

      1. Yes, I tend to “jump to the recipe” and didn’t notice the duplicate recipe info. Thank you! It’s looks good, I’m going to make it soon!

  5. 5 stars
    Husband made too much spaghetti last night so we used that to make slumgullion (instead of penne) and it still turned out great. love all the flavors and it’s very cheap to make too!

      1. Hi Michelle. First, thank you for this recipe! I’m not much of a chef but enjoying my efforts to follow some online recipes. I made this recipe for slum gullion once, but I don’t quite understand what’s meant by one tablespoon of bouillon. Can it mean three cubes of bouillon dissolved in water? Or one tablespoon of liquid bouillon? 🤔🤷

        1. Hi Bob! If you follow the Amazon link for the Bouillon on the ingredients list (linked here), you’ll see that the one I use is a powder bouillon 🙂 Typically, a bouillon cube is 1 tsp, so you’ll need 3 bouillon cubes!