Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bailey Family Goulash

Okay, so this is a family recipe that my Grandma Ethyl makes. It's something I grew up eating and something my kids love too. I don't really measure with measuring spoons, so these measurements are guesstimates... :)

1 lb. ground beef
1 small onion diced
1 can whole peeled tomatoes
2 T. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder or 1 clove garlic minced or pressed
salt and pepper to taste
onion powder to taste (optional)

1. Fill a pot with water and add salt. This quickens the boiling time. Cover with a lid.
 2. Next, get your large skillet on the oven and turn the heat on medium to med-high.
3. Dice up the onion and add it and the ground beef to the pan. Begin browning the meat and add chili powder (I use two palms-full), salt & pepper, garlic,  and onion powder (if desired)

 4. Drain the oil from the meat into a heat-proof container. Then add the can of tomatoes. I use a potato masher and sort of stab each tomato gently then begin to mash. This prevents tomato juice from squirting me. Stir to mix and turn low to simmer for about 10 minutes.

 5. When water in the pot begins to boil, add the macaroni. I use about half of a regular sized box. Keep lid off because the starchy water will boil over otherwise. Drain and add pasta back to the skillet. Cook for a couple minutes after mixing together

Voila! Goulash! I usually serve a side of veggies and some buttered bread. It's such a quick meal and tastes even better as leftovers. Great for a weeknight when you don't have much time to cook.

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