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Family Favorite Ground Turkey Goulash

This delicious ground turkey goulash is perfect for weeknight meals. It's easy to meal prep as well! Whip some up for lunches throughout the week.

Another reason to love ground turkey goulash is the fact that it's one pot and everything is included. You don't have to dirty a ton of dishes (especially pots and pans) to make this tasty meal.

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This delicious ground turkey goulash is perfect for weeknight meals. It's easy to meal prep as well! Whip some up for lunches throughout the week.

If you plan ahead or like to prep food in advance you'll love this ground turkey goulash. You can cook the ground turkey in advance and freeze it so that you don't have to cook that when it's meal time!

How to prep ground turkey in advance:

You can cook ground turkey as you normally would, fry it up in a pan, cook it in a big batch in the Instant Pot, etc. However you like to cook it, go for it. I usually season mine lightly with just salt and pepper or a general blend of salt free seasoning and then let it cool.

A close up of these finished ground turkey goulash.

Freeze it in roughly one pound portions in vacuum seal bags or freezer containers so that when you need ground turkey for a meal you can thaw it out and be ready to go!

I usually put my frozen containers into the refrigerator the day before so it will be thawed in time. I add it to the recipe towards the end because it doesn't need time to cook!

What is goulash?

Goulash is traditionally made with ground beef but I like to make this version with ground turkey because it's a little lighter and where I live ground turkey is usually more budget friendly.

Goulash is traditionally a soup or stew that's made with meat, vegetables, and seasoned with paprika and a variety of other pieces. It's a hearty meal that originated in Hungary. We usually use pasta but traditionally it would have included mostly potatoes!

Close up of the finished ground turkey goulash ready to eat.

Most goulash recipes have a tomato base with a red sauce. This is a great meal to experiment with, you can easily add whatever veggies you like and you could even make this recipe with rice instead of pasta or potatoes. It's flexible and delicious making it the perfect weeknight dinner option.

What do I need to make ground turkey goulash?

You can find the full amounts and ingreidents in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post but this easy to follow shopping list will help you figure out what you need from the store this week!

I like to make this goulash with leftover veggies too. If you have extra veggies on hand you can throw them in, this is a flexible recipe. Feel free to swap out things you don't like too! As the recipe is traditionally made with beef you can always make it with ground beef or even with ground chicken if you like!

Ingredients for ground turkey goulash.
  • Extra virgin olive oil 
  • Onion, chopped 
  • Garlic, minced 
  • Ground beef or turkey 
  • Tomato paste 
  • Beef broth
  • Tomato sauce 
  • Diced tomatoes 
  • Italian seasoning 
  • Paprika 
  • Salt & pepper to taste 
  • Elbow macaroni 
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded 
  • Parsley, dry or fresh for garnish 

How to make goulash the easy way:

Making this easy ground turkey goulash in one pot is simple, delicious, and the leftovers store really well. You can make one batch and enjoy it throughout the week for easy lunches and dinners.

First steps of cooking the vegetables and garlic.

Cook onion with oil in large skillet until tender

Add garlic, cook for about 1 minute 

Turkey being added.

Add ground beef or turkey and cook until done, drain if needed, and season with salt & pepper 

Next steps.

Stir in tomato paste, broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, italian seasoning, and paprika until well combined 

tomato and macaroni being added.

Add in uncooked macaroni 

Recipe cooked and ready to be enjoyed.

Bring to simmer and cook until pasta is tender 

A close up of the finished reicpe ready to eat.

Stir in cheese, garnish with parsley, and serve immediately  

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A top down look at a bowl of the finished reicpe ready to eat.

Printable Ground Turkey Goulash Recipe:

Yield: 8 Servings

Ground Turkey Goulash

Featured image showing the finished ground turkey goulash ready to eat.

This delicious ground turkey goulash is perfect for weeknight meals. It's easy to meal prep as well! Whip some up for lunches throughout the week.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 ½ cup beef broth
  • 1 - 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 - 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ cup elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Parsley, dry or fresh for garnish

Instructions

  1. Cook onion with oil in large skillet until tender
  2. Add garlic, cook for about 1 minute 
  3. Add ground beef or turkey and cook until done, drain if needed, and season with salt & pepper 
  4. Stir in tomato paste, broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, italian seasoning, and paprika until well combined 
  5. Add in uncooked macaroni 
  6. Bring to simmer and cook until pasta is tender 
  7. Stir in cheese, garnish with parsley, and serve immediately  

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 339Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 699mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 26g
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