Thursday, August 25, 2011

My Southwestern Goulash..

I find recipes for various goulash recipes all the time and they seem pretty simple.  I figured I could do something like this and not actually use a recipe from someone else! We had tacos earlier in the week and I wanted to utilize the leftovers and a few other things that I had on hand.  I really just wanted things that I had and not have to go to a store ha-ha. So I did, and yet after getting in the freezer I still had to go to the store lol.  A little bit spicy and definitely a lot comforting this goulash was quite tasty and it made tons! So definitely lunch for the next couple of days :D.  I topped mine with some shredded cheese, a dollop of fat free sour cream and chopped green onions, soo freaking good!

 Southwestern Goulash:
About 1 lb left over taco meat (ours has the seasonings as well as many shakes of tapito for heat!)
1 lb lean ground beef (I used 7% or less fat)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 14 oz can black beans drained
1 14oz can diced tomatoes with diced peppers
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes (I would have used both with peppers but only had 1 haha)
1 c frozen kernel corn
1 can diced fire roasted green chilies
1 can tomato sauce
½ c prepared salsa
2 tsp cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
1 lb elbow macaroni pasta, cooked per package directions

Garnish with sour cream, onions and grated cheese if wanted

1.       In large Dutch oven cook ground beef with onions until no longer pink, season with salt and pepper (always season each level of cooking adds depth).  Once cooked and drained add leftover taco meat and stir together until heated through about 5 minutes.
2.       To the meat mixture add the next 8 ingredients, black beans to cumin.  Mix well and bring to a simmer. Stir in cooked macaroni and continue to cook until heated through stirring to make sure everything is well mixed.  Season again to taste.

Super simple and quite tasty! I feel it could use a little more liquid, maybe another can of diced tomatoes but other than that I really like it! The family enjoyed it as well.  I would also add some diced red, yellow and green peppers, even green!! I hate green bell peppers, but a small amount would be ok. Mom so loved it!!! And so did I!!


Angel said...

That looks hearty and tasty.

lettersfromjulia said...

this is a great idea, i was also thinking i could substitute with ground turkey and whole wheat pasta....the only thing is i don't like real spicy so many just use green pepper or something?

SweetDesigns said...

Compare fat contents Jules when deciding what to use, We use less than 7% fat ground beef all the time and have found some ground turkey to have more. You can easily swap out the turkey and beef though. As for heat, this was too hot at all, we love heat and it could have used more. Just use regular diced tomatoes and omit the chilies but I would still add some kind of salsa just for the added moisture. We usually use whole wheat pasta with everything, but we didn't have the whole wheat elbow and I was in the mood for the elbow haha.. The main thing to track is if you take out liquid you need to put some in so that it is not pasty or dry, but other than that it is very easy to play with!