I'm pretty basic with stew. Onion, garlic, celery, salt and pepper with carrots and potatoes and beef. Goulash I do with tomato.
Speaking of tastes, I was kind of a super smeller/taster before covid. I didn't like spicy food. Basic food tasted good to me without a lot of spice, but I knew how to use spices to improve the food. I'm also one of the people who hates cilantro. It tastes foul to me.