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Spicy ground beef with pasta
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Spicy Goulash using Ground Beef

This spicy goulash is a hearty, flavorful cheesy goulash with pasta and ground beef that all spice lovers will crave again and again!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course, pasta
Cuisine: American, Southern
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 591kcal
Author: Savory With Soul


  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 pound ground beef lean
  • ½ tsp salt more to taste
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 can Rotel 14.5 ounces, undrained
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 3 cups macaroni uncooked (or other small pasta)
  • 4 cups beef broth or stock (can also use chicken)
  • 2 Tbsp paprika sweet or smoked (smoked will be spicier)
  • 1 tsp oregano dry
  • 1 tsp marjoram dry
  • 1 tsp basil dry
  • 2 cups pepper Jack cheese shredded (or cheddar)


  • To Dutch oven or heavy pot on medium heat, add onion, ground beef, paprika, and herbs.
  • Cook, stirring and breaking up ground beef, for 10-15 minutes or until ground beef is browned and onions are translucent. Drain off any excess fat.
  • Add salt and black pepper.
  • Add undrained can of Rotel, tomato paste, macaroni (other other pasta), broth, paprika, and herbs. Stir and mash tomato paste to incorporate into mixture. (Note that I love to use my silicone spatula for this.)
  • Bring the mixture to a boil on high heat. Then, turn heat down to low (about 2). Cover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so.
  • Uncover. Turn heat off. Add cheese and stir. Let sit until cheese is melted. Stir and serve.


Calories: 591kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 1084mg | Potassium: 949mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1980IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 363mg | Iron: 5mg