Crockpot Goulash Recipe

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Crockpot Goulash Recipe

Discover the wonders of slow cooking with our Crockpot Goulash recipe! Make a flavorful dish packed with tender beef chunks, thickened broth, and a spicy kick, all thanks to Hungarian cuisine. But before we get started, you must be wondering, what is a goulash? Magyar shephers make it by cooking cut-up meat with various ingredients that are sun-dried. They would pack it in bags and add water once it’s time to eat them. 

Thankfully, cooking this savory dish has been made easier and we get to use the very same ingredients that make this classic dish. Other recipes include potatoes, carrots, or even turnips. It’s a versatile dish that lets you play with the spices, vegetables, and consistency. This goulash recipe is perfect for the cold season. You can easily whip up a batch that would last you days. Once cooked, you can drizzle it over a bed of rice or pasta noodles.

Don’t be fooled! This Hungarian goulash recipe is completely different from an American goulash. On one hand, the traditional goulash recipe is made with stew meat, onions, tomato sauce, and paprika. American goulash, on the other hand, consists of tomato-based soup, ground beef, and elbow macaroni or similar kinds of pasta.

A crockpot consistently proves itself to be the best cooking tool. Check out our Teriyaki Pork Crockpot recipe for a tasty Asian dish that you can serve, less the mess and hassle. They’re a pair that would surely impress your family and friends. Apart from its savory flavor, this recipe is a perfect bowl of warm comfort.

How To Make Crockpot Goulash

A meaty dish served with a hearty stew, this Crockpot Goulash recipe rewards your palate with exciting flavors. Each bite comes with tender meat drenched in a thick and savory soup.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 8 hrs
Total: 8 hrs 10 mins
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  • 2 lbs beef chuck roast, cubed
  • 1 pinch salt and black pepper
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 6 oz tomato paste, 1 can
  • 1 tbsp Hungarian paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch


  1. Season beef with salt and black pepper.

  2. In a pan, brown the beef in medium heat.

  3. Transfer the beef to the crockpot once done and add in the onions and garlic.

  4. Combine the beef broth, tomato paste, and paprika in a mixing bowl and stir until well-mixed.

  5. Add mixture into the crockpot and add the bay leaf.

  6. Let the crockpot simmer for at least 8 to 10 hours on low heat, stirring occasionally.

  7. 30 minutes before serving, discard the bay leaves and turn the heat on high. Then cover and cook for another 30 minutes.

  8. To thicken the mixture, mix the cornstarch with water and add it into the stew.

  9. Once you're done, serve your dish over a bowl of rice or noodles and enjoy!

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Commonly Asked Questions

How can I store and reheat my crockpot goulash?

You can place your goulash in air-tight bags or freezer-proof containers and throw them in the freezer, which can last up to 3 months. To reheat your goulash, you have to let it thaw overnight. Use a saucepan and reheat your goulash under medium heat. You can use this method for a make-ahead goulash and it can also last up to 3 days in the fridge.

What do I serve with my goulash?

Goulash is best served with a side of vegetables. While broccoli or asparagus makes a great pair to this dish, we also suggest serving it with potatoes on the side. Try our Homemade Mashed Potatoes to complete a hearty and filling meal!


A hearty bowl of Hungarian flavors, this Crockpot Goulash recipe is a flavorful dish that takes you to the other side of the world. This easy recipe gives us the same flavor and texture of a traditional goulash through slow cooking. A crockpot-style goulash has a worry-free recipe that lets you work on other things as dinner is already cooking. Plus, hours in the crockpot ensures a rich and savory goulash!

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