Slow Cooker Goulash


This long-simmered beef stew is perfect for chilly fall or winter nights. Made with a boneless chuck roast, fire-roasted tomatoes, and aromatic vegetables, the meat cooks down and makes a thick and flavorful sauce without any additional broth. Choose a roast with good marbling throughout, which is the key to making the sauce.

Slow Cooker Goulash
Photo: Jennifer Causey
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 30 mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 cup goulash, 3 oz. noodles)


  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons paprika, divided

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • 1 (2-lb.) boneless chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 1-in. cubes

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 1/4 cups chopped yellow onion (from 1 medium onion)

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery (from 3 stalks)

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped carrots (from 2 medium carrots)

  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced (1 Tbsp.)

  • 1 (14 1/2-oz.) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes (such as Muir Glen Organic), undrained

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 12 ounces uncooked egg noodles


  1. Stir together flour, pepper, 1 tablespoon of the paprika, and 2 teaspoons of the salt in a large bowl; add beef cubes, and toss to evenly coat. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add half of the beef; cook until well browned on both sides, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a 5-to 6-quart slow cooker. Repeat process with remaining beef. Reserve drippings in skillet and any remaining flour mixture in bowl.

  2. Add onion, celery, carrots, and garlic to drippings in skillet; cook over medium, stirring often, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, reserved flour mixture in bowl, and remaining 1 tablespoon paprika; cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Transfer mixture to beef in slow cooker.

  3. Cover slow cooker; cook on HIGH until beef is fork-tender and sauce has thickened, about 4 hours. Remove from heat; stir in vinegar and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. During final 10 minutes of goulash cooking, prepare egg noodles according to package directions. Serve goulash over hot egg noodles.

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