Grandmama Hall’s Goulash Recipe…

Grandmama Hall's Goulash

I originally posted this on April 7, 2015, the day after Grandmama Hall’s birthday. When I posted it on Facebook, there were SO many comments and requests for the recipe, that I lost count! So, because her Goulash is a really good dish for fall, and easy to make in a short period of time, I decided to repost it today:) I hope you enjoy it as much as we have over the years:)

Grandmama Hall’s Goulash…

One of Grandmama’s dishes that was, and continues to be, a family favorite, is her “Goulash”. I remember seeing her standing at her stove stirring the beef, onions, and green peppers, and waiting with great anticipation to eat it! My mother also made this for us just about every week during our years at home. Then the next generation, my cousins and I, continued the “goulash tradition” with our families. So, I thought I’d share a little family history about Grandmama Hall and her Goulash with you:)

Grandmama Hall… her family legacy

My Grandmama Hall would have been 116 years old yesterday. She was born in April 6, 1899, and passed away at the age of 93 in 1992. We all thought she would live to be 100, and if she had lived 8 more years, she would have lived in three centuries. In any event, she had a huge influence on her family who continue to live out her legacy.

Grandmama Hall

Grandmama’s family lived in Egan, South Dakota, where her father was a farmer. As a young girl in South Dakota, she would bake bread for the local wheat farmers during harvest. When she was 16,  her dad moved the family south because of his health, and they settled in Hazen, Arkansas. It was there that she met Granddaddy.  In February 1916, when she was only 17, they were married. They had four children: Charles, Everette, Geraldine, and Lamar. Over the years there were nine grandchildren added to the family.

Granddaddy had three values that he taught his children: Honesty, Integrity, and Family. As you can see, family was a very integral part of their lives from the beginning to the end. They loved their children and grandchildren. And, one of our most precious memories are the “treats” that Grandmama would make for her grandchildren everyday after school, which were usually something homemade–a testament to her legacy of love for her family and her love of cooking.

This legacy–her love for her family and cooking–was passed on to her children and their families.

Grandmama’s Cooking Legacy…

Among the fond memories we, her grandchildren, have, are the meals and family dinners we ate at Grandmama and Granddaddy’s house. Everything she cooked was homemade…no pre-packaged foods. She always served every meal in the dining room, even if it was only Granddaddy and her there to eat. Mama said she cooked big breakfasts and lunches, and they ate leftovers or a lighter meal for dinner.

As for the family dinners, Grandmama prepared huge Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts. She, Granddaddy, and Hazel Wade, the lady who helped Grandmama for 50 years, would cook for days before the meal so that all the foods would be prepared well. We loved gathering there with all our cousins to play and eat her wonderful food!

Continuing Grandmama Hall’s Legacy . . .

Today I am continuing Grandmama’s legacy for one of her family favorite recipes. . . her Goulash. My husband requested it for our dinner, so I prepared it for him, and decided to share it with you:) It is probably my favorite easy dinner recipe that Grandmama made. I ate it MANY times when visiting her, and I have made it countless times over the years.


Grandmama Hall’s Goulash Recipe


  • 1 pound lean ground beef (I buy ground round)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons diced green pepper (I diced 1/2 of a green bell pepper)
  • 1 (28-ounce) can tomatoes (I used two 14-ounce cans of diced tomatoes)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup elbow macaroni
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large pot, brown ground beef with the onion and green pepper. Stir frequently. Drain if necessary.
  2. Add canned tomatoes, water, macaroni, salt, pepper, and sugar. Stir to combine.
  3. Cook according to macaroni package directions.
  4. Add more water, if needed, during the cooking process.

NOTE: I did not cover the pot during to cooking process, but I did stir the mixture several times.


  1. Cheryl Vickers says:

    i enjoy your music and your recipes. Keep them coming.

    • Maribeth says:

      Thank you, Cheryl! I’m glad you like them and signed up for my mailing list! One of these days, when I figure it out, I will send out emails!

  2. Thank you for sharing your Grandmothers recipe. She would be proud to know so many wanted it.

    • Maribeth says:

      Thank you, Cathy! She was a wonderful person as well as a great cook. I’m glad you wanted her recipe! And you are right…she would be proud to know so many people wanted her recipe:)

  3. This goulash looks a-ma-zing and it’s so easy to make! I will definitely try your recipe soon. 🙂

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