Healthy Goulash – with Zoodles!

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Healthier lower carb goulash

Healthy Goulash is a healthier and lower carb version of one of my favorite recipes!

For those of you who have been with me a while you may have caught wind of the fact that there is this one goulash recipe that is the beginning and the end for me. I dearly, wholeheartedly, love it. Almost to the point of writing sonnets and putting a ring on it.

Well, we try to keep it more on the lower carb side these days. (Note, I said low-er) With that in mind, I tweaked my recipe to enable me to eat copious amounts of goulash without fear of reprisal from those mean old carbs.  I also pumped it up with more wonderful veggies, adding in okra* and zucchini noodles in place of the pasta. Thus, this is a healthier version, made convenient with a mixture of canned and fresh veggies, that can also be made entirely with seasonal veggies, too!

I hope you get to make it soon! I actually like this version better than the original!

*If you’re an okra hater (I respect that, because that means more for me) you are free to substitute a veggie of your choice in it’s place. This is a very versatile recipe so switch around the veggies to suit your preferences or to make use of what you have on hand.

Healthy Goulash

Healthy goulash is a healthier and lower carb version of one of my favorite recipes!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: goulash
Servings: 4
Calories: 385kcal


  • 1 + ½ pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion diced
  • Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 28 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 28 ounce can diced tomatoes drained
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 15 ounce can whole kernel corn drained
  • 12 ounce package frozen green giant zucchini noodles or about 2-3 cups fresh zoodles
  • 2 cups frozen sliced okra
  • shredded cheddar cheese toppings


  • In a large dutch oven brown the ground beef over medium high heat until it is not longer pink. Drain the grease.
  • Add the onions and garlic to the meat and reduce the heat to medium. Cook until the onions are translucent.
  • Add the tomato sauce, drained diced tomatoes, zucchini, okra, paprika, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Top with cheese before serving.


Calories: 385kcal
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  1. This looks so good…..can’t wait to try it. 28 ounces of tomato sauce seems like a lot. Would it be okay if I used less……..thank you so much. Marevanya

  2. I loved the version with pasta, but wanted less carbs. Making this recipe now. Found zoodles at Kroger. I noticed that a can of drained whole kernel corn is in the ingredients list, but not in the directions. I remembered to put it in. It would probably be fine without the corn. The goulash smells great. I will be able to try it soon.


    1. I hope you enjoy it Shelley!! The original (pasta recipe) does have corn in it, and you can choose to add it or not in this version. Without makes it even lower in carbs which is what I meant to say, I will have to go fix that 🙂 Thank you for letting me know!!

      1. When to put the corn in? I am thinking of putting green beans in. I LOVE okra and that is what drew my attention to this recipe! Almost thinking instead of hamburger possibly using shrimp and sausage for a gumbo type meal without rice but keep the zoodles or am I just crazy?

  3. I’m trying to follow the low-carb meals as well, and this looks like it’s very adaptable for it! Thank you Christy for yet another great recipe!

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