Pumpkin Goulash

by Danielle Omar on October 21, 2011

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


  • 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 EA-The Spicy RD October 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Great recipe Danielle! Love the “spooky” name too :-) I’ve never made goulash before, but definitely want to try this. Isn’t it great having a husband who eats pretty much anything? :-)


2 Danielle Omar October 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Thanks, EA! My husband does make cooking a lot easier….I know I am lucky!


3 Serena October 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Love this idea! What a practical and delicious use of all the orange globes sitting around this time of year. Think our house contains about 6!


4 Danielle Omar October 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Thanks, Serena!


5 Jessica @ Nutritioulicious October 21, 2011 at 6:37 pm

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 ;)


6 Lisa ♥ Healthful Sense October 21, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Pumpkin goulash is a perfect name =)
my husband would love this too!!


7 Alexandra October 21, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Love all this pumpkin talk! The goulash looks delicious, yummy combo.


8 eatingRD October 21, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Such a neat idea! We tend to make a lot of casserole and ‘goulash’ type of dishes. Super easy and lots of leftovers. yesss :)


9 Regan @ The Professional Palate October 22, 2011 at 11:24 am

Well I for one like the name choice ;-) It sounds perfect for October!

And I also like the fact you have a hubs that will eat most anything you prepare. I live with 3 short order cooks. Ha!


10 Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian October 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Wow, this looks amazing! I have made a pumpkin chili before that was just fantastic. It really added a nice subtle pumpkin flavor to it.


11 Dr Barb, Nutrition Budgeteer October 23, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Hi, Danielle:
I think we were on about the same wavelength this month. I, too, made a pumpkin chili except that I put it on a pizza shell. Your’s sounds delicious and looks so fast and easy.


12 Liz - Meal Makeover Mom October 24, 2011 at 2:27 am

Looks delicious and nutritious. Perfect for when the weather is starting to get cool here in New England. Heck, it will probably be snowing by the end of the week :)


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