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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.


Credit: Jennifer Causey

Recipe Summary

4 hrs 30 mins
30 mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 cup goulash, 3 oz. noodles)


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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.