Goulash on Mashed Red Potatoes – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 7, 2011

This meal was a group effort, if you will.

We made this at grandma’s last week.  We don’t normally stay at grandma’s house for days at a time, but when it’s 50 degrees in your house and you have no heat or power…you have to move into grandma’s.  So we did.

I brought the beef, red onion and tomatoes from home.

I stole borrowed used some paprika from grandma’s pantry.

Steve picked up the red potatoes from the store.

And the zucchini is from grandma’s fridge.

See the group effort in this one!

Brown the beef.

Then add the red onions.

Yes…after.  You want them a little crunchy.  Not all soft.

Toss in the diced tomatoes. Undrained.

And if we’d had a red pepper, and I’d remembered to ask Steve to pick one up, I would have added them here.

Red pepper is a key ingredient for “true” Hungarian goulash.

(Yes, this is my “fake” version.)

Add the tomato paste.  Plus 1/2 cans worth of water to help the sauce form.

Sprinkle in the flour.

Then toss in a palmful (rather, two palmfuls) of paprika.

About 2 Tbsp total.

Sweetness.  Gives a lovely sweetness to the goulash.

Stir and let simmer for about 5 minutes.

Serve over mashed potatoes.

This one is for all your “Meat and Potatoes Husbands” out there!

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Goulash on Mashed Red Potatoes


  • About 3 lbs. red potatoes
  • Milk, butter and seasonings for mashed potatoes
  • 1.25 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste, plus some water
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 2 Tbsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper.
  • 2 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Wash and quarter the red potatoes.  Peel if you like. I didn’t.  Boil for about 10-15 minutes.  Drain, mash and mix with milk, butter and some seasonings. However you like your mashed taters.
  2. Brown the ground beef.  Drain the fat and return to skillet.  Add the chopped red onion, diced tomatoes with juices, tomato paste plus about 1/2 cans worth of water.  Stir in the flour and paprika.  Season with salt and pepper.  Let simmer about 10 minutes.
  3. Saute the zucchini slices in the olive oil over medium heat for about 3-4 minutes per side. Season with a little salt and pepper.
  4. Serve Goulash over Mashed Red Potatoes with sauteed zucchini (or other veggie).

Cost $ (Not entirely sure…but not too much more than $5!)


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Bizzy February 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm

This looks so yummy. It is almost dinner time. I am going to have an appetite, thanks to you.


Liz@HoosierHomemade February 7, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Thanks for hosting Erin! I bet you had a fun time at Grandma’s even though you were away from home.


Ashley @ Savings in Season February 7, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Erin, you seem never to run out of recipes! Thanks for being such an inspiration!


Debbi Does Dinner Healthy February 7, 2011 at 8:18 pm

This looks delicious! Thanks!


Kristia@Family Balance Sheet February 8, 2011 at 6:12 am

My mom used to make a goulash a lot when we were kids. I haven’t had it in years.

Thanks for the link-up.


Felicia February 8, 2011 at 6:37 am

Thanks so much for hosting Erin! This looks perfect for the cold weather we’ve been having :)


Jamie @ thrifty veggie mama February 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm

I haven’t had goulash in so long! Might have to had it to the menu soon. Thanks for hosting the Link up! This is my first week linking up.


Renee' Bernfield February 8, 2011 at 6:59 pm

I made this tonight and it was wonderful! The only thing I will do different next time (for my kids) is to cook the onion longer.


Brandis @ Stir Crazy February 8, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Goulash (the way my mom made it…) was my single most detested meal growing up. But when she made it it was macaroni, kidney beans, and canned diced tomatoes. I don’t think she used any paprika and the sauce was runny. It was disgusting. And I was the furthest thing from a picky eater- there were only two things I would ever refuse to eat. Goulash and baked potatoes.

This, however, sounds DELISH. I am so going to add this to my rotation to try out!


Tracy July 13, 2012 at 6:17 pm

How much water is the 1/2 cans worth would you say. Do you mean the paste cans or the diced tomatoe can? Wasn’t sure.


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