Poor Man’s Goulash

This recipe came directly from my mother. I have added onion, peppers, and a few other seasonings.



  • 1lb Ground Beef 80/20 ***I have used ground turkey or chicken as well***
  • Half a box of elbow noodles
  • 2 Bell peppers ***I use green, yellow, or orange to break up the red color.
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 1 can family sized tomato soup ***I always grab 2 cans but I only use 1 for a family of 5***
  • 1ts diced garlic ***I like the squeeze bottle version you can get at the grocery store***
  • 1ts Paprika
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

*****I use a soup pot for this*****



  1. Dice both bell peppers and onion.
  2. Saute Onion, Bell Peppers, and Garlic on Medium High until the onions are translucent.
  3. Put raw meat in your pot with the cooked onions, bell peppers, and garlic.
  4. Season meat in pot with Paprika, Garlic Powder, Salt, and Pepper.
  5. Cook on medium high heat until meat is browned do not drain the meat. **keep an eye on it and adjust the heat accordingly all stoves are slightly different**
  6. Add Tomato soup to the meat mixture.
  7. Turn heat on Low and put a lid on mixture.
  8. Cook the pasta by following the instructions on the Box.
  9. When done add the noodles about half a cup at a time.  This will allow you to avoid having too many noodles in the dish.


****I usually serve this with Pillsbury crescent rolls.


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