Quick and Easy Okra Goulash Recipe

Updated on January 9, 2020
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A delicious, quick, and easy goulash!
A delicious, quick, and easy goulash! | Source

A Quick and Easy Goulash

So many people have different ideas about how to make goulash. The original dish is Hungarian and is mainly made from meat, tomatoes, potatoes, and various spices. People have created many variations over the years, but the main ingredients still remain the same, although potatoes or pasta are sometimes added.

Here in the South, we like our macaroni and okra, so I have combined these ingredients to make my okra goulash. Okra is very nutritious and helps to make this recipe a healthy lunch or dinner.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 4 to 6 servings
Okra Goulash Ingredients
Okra Goulash Ingredients | Source


  • 1 pound ground beef (or you can use turkey or venison)
  • 1 cup dry macaroni pasta
  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes, I use garlic, basil, oregano flavor
  • 1 6 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup sliced okra
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin


  1. Brown the ground meat in a skillet and drain the excess fat. Using ground turkey or venison will make this recipe lower in fat.
  2. While your meat in cooking, boil your macaroni until tender, adding just a touch of cooking oil to your boiling water to keep your macaroni from sticking to the pan. Once it is done, drain and set aside.
  3. When your meat is browned, add the diced tomatoes, with juice. Stir in the garlic salt and cumin. Add the sliced okra and simmer for approximately 20 minutes.
  4. Now add the cooked macaroni and tomato sauce. Stir gently to mix everything well and heat throughly before serving.
Simmering Ingredients
Simmering Ingredients | Source


  • I do like to use ground venison instead of ground beef, as it has much less fat.
  • The okra and cumin add a little "Southern touch."
  • Add a pan of hot corn bread, and you have a wonderful, satisfying, healthy meal in no time.

4.1 stars from 8 ratings of Okra Goulash

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    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I grew okra last year and incorporated it into all kinds of meals. This recipe of yours would make good use of it. I want to grow it again this year. Pinning this!

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      Sheila Brown 

      7 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello vespawoolf! I'm glad you like my recipe, I hope you get to give it a try sometime. Thank you for your kind comments! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Vespa Woolf 

      7 years ago from Peru, South America

      We don't get goulash here in Peru, but we do enjoy eating it when we're in the States. I like your Southern version of a Hungarian dish. Very clever and tasty! Thanks!

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      Sheila Brown 

      7 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Mi moonlake! Glad you found it. I should have thought of it when I commented earlier. Glad to hear you like okra. Check out my pickled okra recipe if you haven't yet. I think you would like it. Thanks for stopping in again and all your support!!! :)

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      7 years ago from America

      This looks good. Will have to try it has all my favorite things. Voted up and pinned.

    • sgbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Brown 

      7 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Jackie! If you love tomato and okra with pasta, you will LOVE this. It not only good, but it is so easy to make. I hope you give it a try. Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      7 years ago from the beautiful south

      I love tomato and pasta dishes and love tomato and okra, so I bet they are fantastic altogether. Will try that really soon, thank you!

    • sgbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Brown 

      7 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello kittyjj! Okra is a great vegetable and is very healthy, but either you really like okra, or you don't like it at all. It seems there is no in between. Check out my hub "All About Okra" and it will give you more information on okra you may find interesting. I do hope you try my recipe, let me know what you think! Thank you for stoppin by, reading, commenting, voting and sharing! It is always very much appreciated! Have a wonderful day!!!

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      Ann Leung 

      7 years ago from San Jose, California

      I have never tried okra. I have seen one of my son's classmates eating it during a lunch time at school. I was wondering what it was and how to make it. Thank you for sharing this recipe. It seems easy enough for me to give it a try. Voted up and socially shared.

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      Sheila Brown 

      7 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello alocsin! I hope he enjoys my recipe. You should give it a taste, you might be surprised! Thank you for reading and commenting, it is always appreciated!

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'm not a big fan of okra but my partner loves it. I'll give this recipe to him. Voting this Up and Useful.

    • sgbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Brown 

      8 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello nmdonders! My husband loves goulash! We have an large amount of okra this year, so I have been using it in different dishes. This is one of our favorites. I hope you like it. Thank you for your comment. Have a great day!

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      Nira Perkins 

      8 years ago

      I haven't had goulash in years!! I almost forgot it existed but this looks delicious. A great new dinner idea.

    • sgbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Brown 

      8 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Lisa. It is easy and delicious. I am really "into" easy these days! I hope you enjoy it. Thank you for your comment and your vote, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day!

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      Lisa Chronister 

      8 years ago from Florida

      This sounds really tasty, and quite easy. I can't wait to try it. Voted up!

    • sgbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Brown 

      8 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I can remember my grandmother frying okra and making cornbread and red beans. There would usually be a pie of sort type for dessert. Grandmas knew what good food was! Thank you for your comment, vote and pinning! It is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Sheila Brown 

      8 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Peggy! I hope you like my recipe. It is definitely one of my "quick and easy" recipes, but it is really good! The summer was so hot last year, we didn't get much okra at all. This year we have a lot, so I freeze it and can use it all winter. Thank you for stopping in, commenting, voting and of course sharing! You know it is always greatly appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Terrye Toombs 

      8 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Oh man, this just took me back to my grandma's house in Oklahoma. I can almost smell this simmering away on the stove. THANK YOU! Pinned and voted up and then some! :) yum yum yum!

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This recipe of yours sounds delicious! I love stewed okra and even fried okra on occasions. I remember the year in Wisconsin when I tried growing okra. It is such a short growing season up there that it only grew to about 4 feet or so and had just started producing when we had our first freeze. The neighbors who were unfamiliar with that vegetable were curious but unimpressed with the flavor when I shared a small sampling of it. I think that they were not familiar with the viscous interior and I presented it to them stewed with tomatoes and onions, etc. I haven't had okra in a while. Thanks for the reminder and thanks for your recipe. Votes up and shared.

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      Sheila Brown 

      8 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hi Thelma. I love okra just about any way you can cook it. I also pickle okra, if you haven't seen that recipe hub, you may really like it too. Thank you for your comment and share, it is greatly appreciated. Have a great day! :)

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      Thelma Alberts 

      8 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Wow! It´s an easy recipe to follow. I love okra stir fry and okra salad. I have to try this unique okra goulash. Thanks for the recipe. SHARED in fb.

    • sgbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Sheila Brown 

      8 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Hello anglenwu. If you liked the steamed okra dipped in spicy sauce, I think you would really like my jalapeno pickled okra recipe too. It is among my hub recipes. Thank you for your comment and vote, it is greatly appreciated. Have a wonderful day!

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      8 years ago

      I love okra and my mother would stir-fry them with some spicy sauce. Sometimes, she steamed them whole and dip them in a citrusy-spicy sauce. Thanks for giving me another recipe using okra. Will try it. Thanaks and rated up.

    • prasetio30 profile image


      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I really love your recipe, It sound delicious. I can't wait to make it soon. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up :-)


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      Rebecca Mealey 

      8 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Sounds good! I'll bet the cumin flavors the okra well. I will have to try this. Thanks!

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      8 years ago from Brandon, MS

      I have forgotten how much I love goulash! I will definitely add okra next time! Thanks for the Hub!

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      Dee aka Nonna 

      8 years ago

      You do share some wonderful receipes and bring back many memories. Growing up my mother would cook Okra and tomatoes, Okra, ground beef and tomatoes.... sometimes she would add potatoes....mostly she would add rice. My kids loved just the okra, ground beef and tomatoes. I still enjoy these from time to time but not as often as I would like.

      I will have to give the adding of macaroni a try. Thanks for sharing.

    • rjsadowski profile image


      8 years ago

      Good recipe. I don't normally cook with okra but I will put it on my list of things to try.


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