As March roars in like a lion, there’s nothing better than some good comfort food to warm me…. body and soul. And it must be quick and easy to prepare.


Healthy Gluten Free Goulash Recipe


Goulash, with those cute elbow macaroni, fits the bill and is a long time favorite of ours… except pasta doesn’t like me.   Between giving me achy elbows (Funny coincidence, huh?) and pushing the number up on the scale, I needed another option.  So one day when I accidently discovered that my favorite vegetable, wax beans, are available canned, I decided to experiment.  This happy pairing provided me with the perfect option and the most delicious…

Healthy Gluten Free Goulash.


Before we get too far here there needs to be a little caveat.

This recipe is delicious.  Really truly yummy.  Like the best comfort food ever.

However… my husband says it’s not goulash… even when I made it with cute little elbows.

Having said that… you can call it ground beef vegetable tumble… whatever… but you must make it!!

This gluten free goulash is amazing and it is the perfect comfort food.

And it remains traditional in my estimation because of its core ingredients… ground beef, tomatoes, garlic, and onion.

This is the quick version of goulash, because, well, it wouldn’t be quick if we needed to roast and steam ingredients as well.  It’s pretty much a one pot dinner because we leave out the pasta and thus the otherwise necessary extra pot and colander.


Yummy in your tummy gluten free goulash recipe


My favorite side to this wonderful meal in a bowl is not salad, but a slice of really good caraway rye bread slathered in butter.  What? That isn’t gluten free.  I know. I know.  You see, I don’t have a true gluten issue (okay… maybe I do because of the elbow thing) but I find that a really good rye bread is tolerable once in a while.  And I’m totally aware, after the fact, that I have a gluten free recipe with bread in the feature image.  I know… totally I wasn’t thinking.  A little grace, please?

Whenever I indulge in this meal, I’m reminded of my dad making his version of it when I was a little girl.  There was never an official family recipe.  And about the time when I would care about having a recipe, my dad was no longer cooking.

It took a while to discern that magic flavor combination that was unique to my dad’s goulash, but I finally figured out.  Celery and red pepper… those two ingredients are key. Because I never leave a recipe alone for long… I’m always experimenting… currently, I’m adding basil to the seasoning mix. At one time I loved adding thyme, too.  So if you want to experiment… go for it!

And if you haven’t noticed yet… the wax beans visually make up for the macaroni.  I think it’s more tasty, too!

After all this food talk… are you getting hungry?

Me too!  Let’s get cooking…


Easy, Quick, & Delicious, Gluten Free Version of a Family Favorite GOULASH Old Fashioned Comfort Food


To start off you want to put on your sous chef hat and get your onion, celery, and red pepper chopped, sliced, and diced.

Then drain your tomatoes and wax beans and get your seasonings ready.

It seems like such a small thing, but having everything prepared ahead really makes cooking more pleasant for me.

Let’s start by browning the ground beef.


Brown the ground beef for a healthy goulash


If you have an extra large saute pan you could make this recipe in it, but I prefer to use a dutch oven.  Last summer I purchased this Cerastone dutch oven and use it constantly and I LOVE it… it’s amazing… and is in constant use with my bone broth making and soup making.

One of my favorite kitchen tools is this chop and mixer.  I used to hate browning meat, but this chopper makes it so much easier on my wrist and I can get a finer browned meat. (I love it so much I even use it for smashed potatoes.)  I discovered this wonderful tool when cooking with a friend and was so happy to finally get my own.  I can’t imagine not having it, now.


Sauteing onions with ground beef


When your beef is still pink and not fully cooked, you’ll want to drain off the excess fat. (I drain the meat at this time because I don’t want to lose all the fat.  First I need it for sauteing the onion, and I want some for flavor, too.  Plus I subscribe to the idea that we need saturated fat in our diets.  Fat is key for the uptake of nutrients from our vegetables.)

Once you’ve returned the meat to the pan, add the chopped onions and continue cooking until the onions are nearly transparent.

You want to add in your seasonings at this time as well.

While the beef and onions are cooking, in a separate saute pan, melt your butter and then add in the sliced celery to cook.


Saute celery for Goulash


After about 5 minutes add the diced red pepper.  Saute these vegetables until they are tender.

If you wish… you may throw the celery and red pepper in with the onion and skip this step of sauteing in the extra pan. 


Add the magic taste of red pepper to the saute pan


Transfer the celery and red pepper to the meat, onion, and seasoning mixture and toss together.


Sauteing meat, onion, celery, red pepper, and seasonings for a healthy gluten free goulash


Add the drained petite diced tomatoes and gently combine with the meat and vegetables.


Add petite diced tomatoes to the meat and vegetable mixture for this amazing goulash -


Cover and let simmer for 10-15 minutes on low, stirring occasionally.


Main goulash mixture


Gently add in the drained wax beans.


Wax beans take the place of elbow macaroni in this healthy gluten free goulash


Let simmer on low for another 5 minutes.


Amazing twist on an old fashioned goulash recipe


Serve in low bowls and enjoy!


A new twist on an old family favorite - GOULASH


Healthy Gluten Free Goulash

Ingredients – Serves 4-6
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 large red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder (or to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1- 28 oz. can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 – 14.5 oz. cans cut golden wax beans, drained


  • Partially brown and drain, ground beef in a dutch oven.
  • Add diced onions and cook with beef until nearly transparent.
  • Add seasoning to beef.
  • While beef is browning, in a saute pan, saute celery in butter for 5 minutes and then add the red pepper until tender.
  • Stir the celery and red pepper in the beef and onion mixture.
  • Add the tomatoes and combine.
  • Allow to simmer on low and cover to allow flavors to meld together, stirring occasionally.
  • Just before serving, gently incorporate the wax beans into the meat mixture. Cover and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Serve in bowls and enjoy.If there are leftovers… doubtful… it’s even tastier the second time around.


This healthy gluten free goulash is not only a family favorite, but because everything is usually in the pantry, freezer, and fridge… it can be at quick comfort food any night of the week.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.


Quick & Delicious Healthy Gluten Free Goulash Recipe


I can’t wait to hear if you love the switch from macaroni to wax beans as much as I do.

Bon Appetit!


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  1. Ali B says

    I love this gluten free option! I’ve been told that I need to cut gluten out of my diet, but have found it hard to find tasty recipes. Yours looks great!

    • Thank you so much Ali! I hope you do try it. I’d love to hear when you do.
      Have a wonderful end to your week!

  2. This not goulash, perhaps you should call it American Goulash so it does confuse people who know it’s not real Goulash but a different version for the beef with a thickened rue.

    • Hmmm… I had no idea that my Goulash wasn’t real. Mine is a variation of what I loved eating as a child. I guess mine’s more of a Swedish Goulash as my dad was a Swede. Thanks for letting me know. Have a great day!

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