I really love the flavors of Southwestern and Tex Mex cuisine. The spices and flavor combinations are really great. I originally saw this casserole dish on For the Love of Cooking and decided to make it because it looked absolutely amazing! This recipe will definitely go a long way and it can be made a day in advance or even frozen. What is also great is that everything is made in one pot so it certainly is an easy cleanup type of recipe. Don’t you love recipes that can be made in one pot? I certainly do! I also made a double batch and leftovers which are always a plus! The original recipe calls for Cojita cheese which I didn’t have, so I left it out. I also think it would go really great with some cheddar or Monterey jack cheese. To see how I made this Easy Southwestern Goulash, keep on reading!
|Easy Southwestern Goulash|| |
- 2 lbs. lean ground beef
- 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 small red onion, chopped
- 1 large red pepper, diced
- 2-3 tbsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1 tsp. oregano
- 1 tsp. ground paprika
- Juice of ½ a lime
- 4-5 large garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
- 1 (14.5 oz) can chopped/diced tomatoes
- 1 (4 oz) can sliced black olives
- ½ cup diced yellow summer squash
- ½ cup diced zucchini
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1 cup small bow tie pasta, cooked according to package directions
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped plus extra for garnish
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- In a large Dutch oven over medium low heat add the olive oil and when hot add the onions and peppers and cook for about 3-4 minutes, until they start to soften. Add the ground beef, breaking up the meat. Cook for about 6-7 minutes, continuing to break up the meat until mostly cooked. Add the garlic and all the seasonings, except cilantro and mix well. Cook for another 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, olives, yellow and green squash and lime juice. Lower the heat to low and mix well. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add in the cooked pasta and mix well. To the mixture add the cilantro and let simmer for another 5 or 6 minutes. Garnish with extra cilantro. Serve and enjoy!