My mom always tells me to "add" to recipes for flavor. We like robust foods. So, after reading some of the reviews, I decided "adding" was a necessity. I prepared the meat as directed, using a bit more of the Hungarian hot paprika, Desert Spices (a blend of cumin,coriander, garlic, black pepper and Cayenne,) light salt and pepper and a small amount of crumbled brown sugar. Topped the meat with large chunks of belll pepper and 2 minced onions. I sauteed plenty of garlic cloves and about a 1/4 onion, with mushrooms and celery. Then added the diced tomatoes, a teaspoon or so of tomato paste, a 1/4 of the amount of beef broth, the Worcestershire sauce, and about 4 oz of merlot wine to simmer, with Italian blend dry herbs. I poured this combo on top of the veggies in the crock pot. Added a bit of granulated garlic, bay leaf, pepper, and let it cook! - I added, as directed, the corn starch. I coupled the Goulash with egg noodles, lightly tossed with reduced fat sour cream and poppy seeds. Served each plate with the warm noodles covered in the Goulosh. Yummola!