Best Instant Pot Goulash Recipe (2024)

Nothing is heartier and more comforting than a big bowl of Instant Pot Goulash that’s ready in minutes!

This American version is made with seasoned ground beef and macaroni noodles in a tomato-based broth. It’s deliciously filling and unbelievably simple to make in the Instant Pot! When a quick dinner is needed, this recipe will save the day!

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What is Goulash?

  • There are many kinds of goulash recipes and all are very different. A couple of popular ones are:
    • Hungarian Goulash is a savory soup made with paprika seasoned stew meat.
    • American Goulash (AKA American Chop Suey!) is a tomato-based stew with ground beef and pasta. It’s easy to make and bound to be a family favorite in no time!
  • Instant Pot Goulash is the perfect cold-weather dish because it has everything in it! Add some garlic bread or dinner rolls, a simple salad, and dinner is served!
  • Budget-friendly and perfect for a crowd, this goulash recipe is also a great way to use up leftover veggies!
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Ingredients & Variations

BEEF80/20 is the best beef blend for soups and stews and only releases a minimal amount of fat. Make a vegetarian goulash by switching out the ground beef for 2 or 3 cans of drained black beans.

SAUCETomatoes and tomato paste are all it takes to make this savory sauce. Rotel is a brand of canned tomatoes that comes with diced green chilis for a spicy kick, and a dash of chili sauce will also make it a little spicy, too!

PASTA Small elbow macaroni noodles are the best size for one-pot goulash! Egg noodles, bow-tie, shells, and even orzo or white rice can be used if there’s no macaroni in the pantry.

ADD-INS Use up those leftover veggies or toss in a bag of vegetable medley to bulk up the stew. Potatoes, peas, carrots, onions, peppers, mushrooms, and zucchini are all excellent veggies for adding color, flavor, and texture to Goulash.

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How to Make Goulash in the Instant Pot

It’s so simple to make dinner in the blink of an eye with this easy method.

  1. Sauté ground beef and drain the fat.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, seal, and cook (as per the recipe below).
  3. Quick-release and stir.

Serve as is or with a delicious slice of garlic toast to soak up every last drop!

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Tips for Great Goulash

  • For a thinner goulash, increase the water or add more tomatoes for a thicker stew.
  • Half of the water can be replaced with broth if desired.
  • Add vegetables to your liking, green bell pepper and mushrooms are favorites for us.
  • It is very important to scrape any brown bits off of the bottom of the IP before cooking the pasta or you may get the burn notice.
  • Perfectly reheat leftovers on the stovetop or in the microwave.

More Instant Pot Recipes

  • Easy Instant Pot Beef Brisket – a crispy and juicy dish
  • Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup – so creamy
  • Best Instant Pot Bolognese Sauce – a great sauce for all noodles
  • Instant Pot Corn Maque Choux – a cajun side dish
  • Instant Pot Black Lentils – an easy and protein filled side

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Instant Pot Goulash

One-pot Goulash is the perfect dinner for those busy nights during the week.

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Prep Time 8 minutes minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes minutes

Total Time 18 minutes minutes

Servings 8 servings

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ large white onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 14 ounces canned diced tomatoes with juices
  • 11 ounces pasta sauce
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni noodles
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Turn Instant Pot on to sauté and allow the pot to heat up. Once the pot is hot, add in ground beef, garlic, and onion. Cook until meat is browned.

  • Once meat is browned, drain the fat.

  • Return the meat to the pot and in the water. Use a spatula to scrape up any brown bits. Add in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, and pasta.

  • Seal the lid on the Instant Pot and turn it to "Manual" high pressure for 5 minutes.

  • Once done cooking, quick release and serve.

Notes

  • For a thinner goulash, increase the water or add more tomatoes for a thicker stew.
  • Half of the water can be replaced with broth if desired.
  • Add vegetables to your liking, green bell pepper and mushrooms are favorites for us.
  • It is very important to scrape any brown bits off of the bottom of the IP before cooking the pasta or you may get the burn notice.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 415kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 790mg | Potassium: 744mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 508IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

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