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Pumpkin Goulash

I actually had to look up goulash before writing this post because I’m pretty sure my dish is not really a goulash. I just call it that. It turns out, a real “goulash” is a Hungarian soup or stew made with meat and veggies and seasoned with paprika. This dish is more of a chili.

The idea came about in my house because I often prepare lunch for my husband who works from home. Lately, his lunches have become what I call “goulash” — a bean + meat + veggie combination of sorts — super easy for him to scoop into a bowl and reheat, and pretty satisfying.

I myself don’t eat meat but, luckily, my husband will eat anything I put in front of him. This has made for some creative goulash!  I’ll admit I’ve come up with with some interesting combinations.  Some fail and some are a huge success.

For this month’s pumpkin-themed recipe redux, I couldn’t help but use pumpkin in my goulash.  You can make it with canned or fresh pumpkin and it’s super easy to throw together.  It’s also rather tasty….so says my taste-tester.

Below is my recipe along with some other awesome recipes using pumpkin from my fellow reduxers.  Be sure to visit their pages and get inspired!

Pumpkin Goulash

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 diced bell pepper (I used 1/2 orange and 1/2 yellow)
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1 can drained kidney beans
  • 1 can pumpkin
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes

Preparation:  Brown the meat with the spices and salt.  Add chopped onion and peppers, saute until soft.  Add beans, pumpkin, and tomatoes; simmer about 15 minutes.

By far, the best part of the Recipe Redux — my fellow Reduxers!  Please enjoy their delicious creations: 

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  1. Jessica @ Nutritioulicious
    Jessica @ Nutritioulicious says:

    Whether it’s goulash or chili doesn’t matter b/c it looks delish! We just made chili a few weeks ago, but never would have thought to use pumpkin. Will have to try this out. And totally agree about how great it is to have a husband who will eat anything 😉

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