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Skillet Goulash - A simple, one-pot family-style dinner with ground beef patties and root vegetables in a super flavorful sauce. Easy and delicious!

This easy Skillet Goulash is another recipe we found in my mom’s old recipe box and just had to try as soon as we saw it!

When I read my mom’s recipe card, it struck me that this Skillet Goulash is very typical of the types of meals that my mother cooked when we were growing up – simple, delicious (of course!), quick to prepare, and made with ingredients we usually had on hand in the pantry.

Skillet Goulash - A Family Feast

Ground beef is formed into small patties, then browned in a skillet. Next, a simple sauce is made from tomato juice, and carrots, potatoes and cabbage are added to the skillet – with caraway seeds added for flavor (a nod to my mother’s Polish heritage and flavors she often incorporated into her cooking). Everything cooks together in the skillet until the vegetables are tender, then dinner is served!

Skillet Goulash - A Family Feast

This Skillet Goulash is also a meal that would fit into most family budgets – and growing up as one of six kids in our family, my parents knew how to stretch a dollar!

Sometimes simple ingredients make the best meals – and this Skillet Goulash is a perfect example of that!

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Skillet Goulash

  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4-6 servings


  • pounds 80/20 ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 6-ounce cans tomato juice (or 18 ounces homemade tomato juice)
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar or corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and quartered
  • 1 pound Russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • pounds green cabbage cut into four wedges (about half a medium head)
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds


  1. Mix ground beef with salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder. Form into 12 patties.
  2. In a heavy bottomed medium pan with lid, heat oil over medium high. Once hot, place the 12 patties in not touching each other. Brown on both sides as you would a hamburger.
  3. Add tomato juice, agave, paprika, carrots, potatoes, cabbage and caraway. Cover and bring to a medium simmer and cook 30-35 minutes until vegetables are tender.
  4. Remove from heat and serve.

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Skillet Goulash - A simple, one-pot family-style dinner with ground beef patties and root vegetables in a super flavorful sauce. Easy and delicious!

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  • Tracy wrote:

    This was soooo tasty! I was super skeptical about the agave/corn syrup so I only used 1 Tbl instead of 2 Tbls. It was really, really good! I loved that all the veggies were rustic cut (I think I just made that word up Ü) and left chunky. I didn’t think the leftovers would reheat in the microwave very well, but they did. Thanks for always having such unique and deliciously different recipes. Blog is amazing!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you so much Tracy! We’re glad you are enjoying the recipes!! Thanks for writing to us today!

  • Kathleen wrote:

    I made this yesterday and it was a hit. I did add a little milk soaked bread and sautéed onion and garlic to my meat. Other than that I followed the recipe. Oh yeah, I left out the sweetness too In the sauce. We loved it. Thanks a load. Love your blog.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you so much Kathleen – we’re glad you are enjoying the recipes!

  • kata wrote:

    We just had this goulash for lunch. We like it very much! Thank you for sharing with us.

    • Martha wrote:

      Glad you enjoyed the recipe Kata!

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