Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

Growing up in Boston, I never knew that this 50's "once-a-week-at-home dinner" and "once-a-week-at-school lunch" was a regional dish! I still make this probably once every 2 weeks. Easy, cheap and comfort food all rolled into one huge pot! (It is always called American Chop Suey here, but while I was living in LA friends called it Goulash - so I've compromised!)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown ground beef, onion and pepper.
  2. Season with garlic salt and pepper.
  3. Add tomatoes and tomato sauce.
  4. Simmer 10 minutes while macaroni is cooking.
  5. Boil macaroni al dente, drain, rinse.
  6. Return macaroni to pot, add beef mixture.
  7. Serve in bowls with shredded cheese.
  8. Even better left over and reheated (add a little tomato juice when reheating, if too dry).


Most Helpful

American Chop Suey. My favorite food of all time. I make it with spaghetti sauce instead of the diced tomatoes/tomato sauce on occasion. They call it goulash in the Midwest too. Mushrooms and a stiff shot of garlic and Italian seasonings make great additions too. Way better the next day with a chunk of butter added. Wicked good!

Tiny kitchen, big chef November 04, 2009

My family loves this recipe. We like it best when I omit the pasta and spoon the goulash over a bowl of mashed potatoes.

alisal September 19, 2009

I've always heard of goulash but I have never eaten it before until last night. I made this last night and my daughter and I thought it was very good! It was so simple and quick to make. The only thing that i changed was the BELL PEPPERS! Believe me we are not finicky eaters around here except for BELL PEPPERS(LOL) so of course I left them out and I did grate in 2 cloves of garlic. I was too tired last night to grate the cheese so we ate without and it was fine that way but tonight I look forward to adding the cheese. By the way this will feed an army! It made a big pot full! Thanks for sharing this recipe I will make it again and again i'm sure! =)

SoCalCookerGal September 04, 2009

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