Slumgullion with Macaroni

Slumgullion with Macaroni

Slumgullion is a meat stew. The earliest recorded usages of slumgullion, including one from Mark Twain's Roughing It (1872), refer not to a stew but a beverage. A few decades later, it magically became a stew. It is also called American Chop Suey, American Goulash or Beefaroni.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and diced
  • 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tomato can water
  • 2 (4.5 ounce) cans mushrooms, drained (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic or 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon beef bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheese (optional)


  1. Add oil to a large pot or Dutch oven and saute onions until fragrant.
  2. Add ground beef and brown, breaking into chunks with a spatula.
  3. Add tomatoes, water, mushrooms, if using, garlic, beef bouillon, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and macaroni; reduce heat to simmer, and let cook for about 20 minutes until macaroni is done.
  4. Sprinkle cheese over the top, if desired. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes to melt the cheese.

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