Hamburger goulash | Meal-in-a-bag

Just add water!

Hamburger goulash meal-in-a-bag that has been cooked and is in a bowl.

Goulash. A yummy comfort food. This meal-in-a-bag has all the ingredients and taste of my mother's goulash recipe. Apparently, it's not even close to the original Hungarian Goulash. Something I wasn't aware of until I put this recipe together. I just know it's what my mother cooked and she called it goulash. So, if anyone has been misled to believe this is traditional Hungarian Goulash recipe, I apologize.

Moving on. As I mentioned, I took my mother's recipe and converted it for making this meal-in-a-bag recipe. Using freeze dried and dehydrated ingredients to ensure the meal is lightweight for carrying in a backpack and easy to prepare when cooking over a fire or using a cook stove. An added "super" bonus is that you can cook my meal-in-a-bag recipes in the microwave and get the same great results!

If you're not sure what a meal-in-a-bag is, you can read my article, What in the world is a meal-in-a-bag. I fell in love with meals-in-a-bag after making my first one! For real. Since making my first one I decided to try and take some of my favorite recipes and convert them as well. And, this is definitely one of those. Growing up, my mother would prepare goulash at least once a week. I suppose that's why I think of it as comfort food.

This recipe consists of the basic ingredients. You can always add your own spices, additional vegetables, etc. One thing I didn't even know before making this recipe is that goulash usually includes paprika! So, feel free to add some to yours. Oh, I did add some crushed chili peppers during one of my taste tests for developing the recipe. That was good! But, I thought it might be just a little bit too spicy for some, so I left it out of this recipe.

This recipe is for one, two-cup serving. It has 349 calories, 9 g. fat, 45 mg carbohydrates, 406 mg sodium, 19 g protein, and 120% of daily vitamin C requirements. So, not only is it good, but it's healthy.

Hamburger Goulash Meal-in-a-bag (DOWNLOAD/PRINT RECIPE)

1 serving


¼ cup freeze dried hamburger

½ cup cooked, dehydrate macaroni

¼ cup dehydrated corn

¼ cup tomato powder

1 tsp Dehydrated onions

¼ tsp Italian seasoning

¼ tsp garlic powder

Dash salt & pepper

1-1/2 cups boiling water (for cooking)


Place all ingredients (except water) in a mylar or vacuum sealer bag.

Put oxygen absorber into bag.

Squeeze out as much air as you can, then seal mylar bag using an iron, straight iron (for hair) or an impulse sealer. Seal vacuum bag using vacuum sealer.


Boil 1-1/2 cups water. Add the boiling water into the bag, stir, zip closed and put in a bag cozy or wrap with towel/shirt (anything to help keep it hot). Let sit for 15-20 minutes.


Place all ingredients in a microwavable bowl.

Boil 1-1/2 cups water in microwave.

Add boiling water to bowl with ingredients and stir.

Cover and microwave for 30 seconds.

Let sit, covered, in microwave for 15-20 minutes.

i hope you give this recipe a try! If you have any questions or want to leave a rave review please comment below. Thanks!

Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!