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This rich, hearty Hungarian-style stew has a heaps of warming flavours but is ridiculously easy to make. Simply prep ahead of time by throwing everything in the slow cooker, then a deliciously satisfying Beef Goulash is ready a few hours later.

A big pan filled with slow cooker beef goulash, ready to serve.

You can’t beat a throw-it-all-in slow cooker recipe for those days when we need a hearty and nutritious meal but have little energy or time available. 

Here is another beauty of a dump (dump it all in, get it?!) recipe my friends!

With chunks of beef and only a few other simple ingredients, we have a new take on a traditional beef stew or casserole. 

This Slow Cooker Beef Goulash is perfect for the whole family, with plenty of flavour and a dense tomatoey sauce.


Why you’ll love this Beef Goulash recipe

⭐️ Super low effort – throw it all in (to the oven or slow cooker)

⭐️ A hearty warming dinner

⭐️ Perfect for batch cooking and freezing


A close up of beef goulash with red pepper in a rich sauce.

How we came up with this recipe

I wanted to make a new type of low cost slow cooker recipe with beef that involved plenty of flavour but not a lot of faffing. 

Even better, if it could be turned easily into a ‘dump’ recipe – AKA dump it all in a bag and freeze ready for cooking later.

I have simplified this traditional Hungarian dish to fit in with what works for an easy midweek family meal. 

Usually Goulash is made with meat, paprika and caraway seeds (like this traditional Hungarian Goulash recipe here), I have left out the caraway seeds here as we felt most people probably wouldn’t have this in their cupboards. 

However, if you DO have them, add a teaspoon to the slow cooker and it will be delicious. 

You could always make this in the oven instead of the slow cooker if you prefer – the method for this is below.


Our Beef Goulash Ingredients

The ingredients for slow cooker beef goulash laid out on a counter.
  • Diced beef – Usually called casserole beef or stewing steak in the supermarkets. No browning necessary. Any kind of beef suitable for slow cooking will work here.
  • Onion and Garlic – Frozen or fresh is fine
  • Beef stock cubes – No need to dilute these! Just add them dry as they are.
  • Paprika AND Sweet smoked paprika – Using both gives us a little spice and also that smokey flavour that adds depth.
  • Red peppers – See notes below about adding these

How to make Beef Goulash

Raw ingredients for slow cooker beef goulash in a slow cooker, ready to cook. Step 1.

1. Put all of the slow cook ingredients into the slow cooker and cook as per the recipe below.

Red peppers going into a slow cooker beef goulash for step 2 in the recipe.

2. Add the peppers and cook as per the recipe below.


Leftovers

In the fridge You can keep this recipe in the fridge for 3 days. Reheat fully in the microwave or on the hob before serving.

In the freezer This recipe freezes well when cooked. Just wait until it’s totally cold and then put it into a freezer proof container and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost thoroughly before reheating in the microwave or hob.

Top tips

When to add the peppers

I like to add my peppers near the end of the cooking time in the slow cooker as I’m not a fan of them being overcooked. 

If you prefer them cooked more, feel free to add them at the start of the cooking time. Also, you can cook them briefly in the microwave, add them to the finished stew and eat immediately if you prefer.

How to cook this Beef Goulash in the oven

Put all of the ingredients into a lidded ovenproof pan and cook at 160C between 1.5-2.5 hours, depending on how hot your oven is.

After one hour, add a splash of water if the dish is looking dry.

Toppings

Some sour cream and fresh chopped parsley finish off this dish nicely. 

What to serve with Slow Cooker Beef Goulash

You could go for mashed potato, rice, cooked orzo or crusty bread.

FAQs

Could you recommend a slow cooker for this?

The Morphy Richards Sear & Stew Slow Cooker is my all-time favourite and works really well for this recipe and it’s really light. 

I have written a whole post reviewing slow cookers, so have a read of this here. You might discover what works best for you in that!

I’d like to use a slow cooker but don’t have a lot of time in the mornings. What can I do?

Convenience is key, but then again, even slow cookers have to be filled and switched on! 

You could always get the ingredients ready the evening before, put everything in the slow cooker pan and store in the fridge overnight. 

In the morning, simply place in the slow cooker frame and switch on, or use this WiFi plug to switch on later in the day remotely!

Do you have any other easy slow cooker beef recipes?

I sure do! Try my Slow Cooker Beef Joint, my Slow Cooker Beef Curry or my Chinese-Style Beef and Broccoli or you can find all of my Slow Cooker Beef recipes here.

Let me know how you got on and what you thought of these recipes. Please rate the recipe using the ⭐️ below.

Also I’d LOVE to see your cooking creations. If you’d like to share yours with me, you can tag me on Instagram (@tamingtwins).

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Beef Goulash {Slow Cooker or Oven Recipe}

Simple to prep ahead of time, this Beef Goulash is rich, hearty and comforting – perfect for an easy midweek meal for the whole family.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

To slow cook:

  • 700 g Diced beef
  • 1 Onion, Peeled and chopped
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, Peeled and crushed
  • 400 g Tinned tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp Tomato puree
  • 2 Beef stock cubes, No need to dilute
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 2 tbsp Sweet smoked paprika
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

To finish:

  • 2 Red peppers, Deseeded and thinly sliced

Instructions 

To Slow Cook:

  • Put all of the slow cook ingredients into the slow cooker and cook for 4-5 hours on HIGH or 6-8 hours on LOW.
  • Add the peppers and cook for a further 45-60 minutes on HIGH.

To Oven Cook:

  • Put all of the ingredients into a lidded ovenproof pan and cook at 160C between 1.5-2.5 hours, depending on the size of your beef cubes. After one hour, stir and check. Add a splash of water if the sauce is looking dry.

Notes

Beef: Usually called casserole beef or stewing steak in the supermarkets. No browning necessary
Caraway seeds: If you have some in, add a teaspoon into the slow cooker with the other ingredients
Adding the peppers: I like to add my peppers near the end of the cooking time in the slow cooker as I’m not a fan of them being overcooked. You can put them in at the start though if you prefer them more cooked. Also, you can cook them briefly in the microwave, add them to the finished stew and eat immediately if you prefer
Toppings: Some sour cream and fresh chopped parsley finish off this dish nicely
Serving suggestions: You could go for mashed potato, rice, cooked orzo or crusty bread
 

Nutrition

Calories: 324kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 41gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 737mgPotassium: 1239mgFiber: 6gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 4705IUVitamin C: 89mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Family Food
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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Made this tonight with mashed potatoes as a side and it was incredible. It was simple to make and went down a treat – very popular with my wife too! Thank you.

  2. 5 stars
    This was a winner – absolutely delish. Everyone had a clean plate – served with lots of green veg, mashed potato and crusty bread. Thank you for recipe. The meat was melt in the mouth soft and loved the crunch of the peppers as a varied texture. Highly recommend this one for a cold winter evening.