Slow Cooker Beef Goulash

by Renee on September 25, 2012

Crockpot slow cooker goulash over noodles

The cooler fall temperatures are making me crave soups and stews. Slow simmered hearty dishes like beef goulash fit well with the season. I have made goulash before in a soup pot and wanted to cook it in a dutch oven or slow cooker. It was on my to-do list for a while. Then the Best of Bridge Slow Cooker Cookbook arrived. The photo on the cover pushed that to-do to the top.

I am particular about goulash. The best I ever had was in Switzerland. It was at a little restaurant just across the border from Germany. The goulash was thick, rich, and full of paprika flavor. I hoped the recipe in the slow cooker cookbook would turn out that same way. Unfortunately, it was more like a slightly paprika flavored beef and onion stew.

I would adjust the recipe a little. I would double or triple the amount paprika and add it in the beginning. I have not tested that yet. I believe it would be better to have it in there from the start. The red bell peppers would be optional for those who do not care for them. The recipe below is how it is in the cookbook (reprinted with permission).

The cookbook has some nice features. The information on cooking with a slow cooker is valuable. I love the way it is spiral bound and lays flat. I found many more recipes I want to make. I can tell I will use this cookbook again. One thing I do not care for is the type being in all caps. It makes it a little less reading friendly. The Best of Bridge Slow Cooker Cookbook is one I enjoy having in my collection. You can click on the book title link or photo to purchase it from Amazon:

What is your favorite food to cook in a slow cooker? I’m ready to do a lot more with mine. I think the next may be a dessert or beverage. I want to do something different than my usual pork or beef. Stay tuned…

Slow Cooker Beef Goulash

Slow Cooker Beef Goulash

  • 3 pounds boneless beef chuck, blade, or cross rib roast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 onions, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram or oregano
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds (optional)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 cup tomato-based chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill or parsley
  • Sour cream

Place beef in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, marjoram, caraway seeds (if using), 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and tomato paste; cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Stir in flour. Whisk in broth and chili sauce, scraping up brown bits from bottom of pan; bring to a boil. Pour over beef and stir well. Cover and cook on low for about 8 hours or on high for about 4 hours, until beef is tender.

In a small bowl, combine paprika and lemon juice until smooth. Stir into slow cooker, along with red pepper. Cover and cook on high for 20 minutes, until red pepper is tender. Stir in dill. Serve garnished with a dollop of sour cream. Serves 6.


Recipe ©copyright 2012 Sally Vaughan-Johnston and The Best of Bridge Publishing Ltd. from the Best of Bridge Slow Cooker Cookbook. Used with permission by Robert Rose, Inc.

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Jen @ Juanita's Cocina September 25, 2012 at 6:51 am

Mmmmmm, I’m so ready for fall and slow cooker dishes. I think my favorite is good ol’ pot roast, but this looks like it could take over the top spot!


Anita at Hungry Couple September 25, 2012 at 6:55 am

This sounds delicious even if it is a little light on the paprika. Definitely seems worth playing around with. And now I’m in the mood for a beef stew of some kind… :)


Renee September 26, 2012 at 1:04 pm

It was good. Possibly could use a little more flour to make it a bit thicker. Otherwise I think more paprika would do the trick.


Ian Dixon September 25, 2012 at 10:43 am

My own favourite recipe for Goulash is a little different from this one and is based on my interpretation of something from a Hungarian site which is where Gulyas originated.
It is similar in some ways but different in others.
You can find my version at where there is a link to the recipe that I started from. That page is worth a look because it includes history of the dish


Renee September 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Thank you Ian for sharing a link to your recipe and a little history of goulash. I’m always on the lookout for recipes to try.


Katherine G September 25, 2012 at 10:50 pm

This looks so delicious!!


Jessica | Oh Cake September 26, 2012 at 7:44 am

Thom grew up on gulasch from his Mom’s Viennese recipe and makes a great one with pork. We’ve been talking about it lately as the weather is getting downright chilly up here! I should ask him to make a beef version as well!


Renee September 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I hope you will share your mom-in-law’s Viennese recipe for goulash (perhaps on your blog?).


amy @ fearless homemaker September 26, 2012 at 9:32 am

I love slow-cooker meals + this sounds absolutely delicious!


Susan September 26, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I love goulash! There is a bar near us that does a goulash night every Monday and it is so good, hearty and filling!


Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) September 26, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I’m a sucker for slow cooker recipes as well as an awesome goulash. Looks amazing and I would probably try this with your suggestions!


Jenne September 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Love Fall! I have a recipe on my blog that my other halves mother gave me. She is Czech and it’s for the basic traditional goulash the way her grandmother taught it to her.

There is so many styles of goulash out there. What I find is cooking it in a crockpot doesn’t work because you have to reduce the sauce and get it just right with thickness and flavor. I also love Romanian’s version of goulash.

I don’t cook in a slow cooker often but I love queso in it and Hawaiian meatballs.


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