​Instant Pot Hungarian Goulash

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Instant Pot Hungarian Goulash is a rich and vibrant dinner that is so hearty and comforting. Tender beef stew meat, savory beefy broth, and served over a bed of pasta, rice, or even mashed potatoes. This is the perfect cold-weather dish.

The instant pot is revolutionizing kitchens all across the country.  More families are eating healthy. More families are sitting down and eating as a family.  More families are eating less takeout/fast food. I am having a blast trying out my favorite recipes in the Instant Pot to speed up cooking in the kitchen.

Hungarian Goulash

My Grandmother used to make Hungarian Goulash for us when we were growing. I am thrilled that this recipe is very reminiscent of hers.  I served mine over egg noodles but you can also serve it over mashed potatoes or white rice. Either way, you serve it, it is a delicious hearty meal.  Serve it with warm crusty bread for a yummy stick to your ribs meal.

​Instant Pot Hungarian Goulash

What Is Hungarian Goulash

Hungarian Goulash is unique and different from the classic goulash. It is made with stew meat that is seasoned with rich spices, onion, garlic and more. The Instant Pot helps really infuse those flavors into the meat and makes an incredible broth. Then many will serve over noodles, spaetzle (German egg noodles) or mashed potatoes.

You will also see some versions that have potatoes, carrots and even turnips in it. However you make it, you will find this recipe is incredible and worth trying.  

What Is Hungarian Paprika

Hungarian paprika is really flavorful. It is made by grinding dried peppers for that rich and colorful paprika. Now, depending on which paprika you buy will depend on what type of heat factor it brings. Smokey, sweet and rich paprika that truly adds such a unique flavor to the dish.

How To Store Goulash

You will want your goulash to cool completely and then transfer to an airtight container and place in the fridge. It will store 3-4 days, and then need to be tossed. Use your best judgment on leftovers to ensure it is still fresh.

​Instant Pot Hungarian Goulash

Can You Freeze Hungarian Goulash

Yes. You can easily freeze any goulash you won’t eat in time. Just put it in a freezer-friendly container and store up to three months. Thaw in the fridge overnight the night before you plan to eat. Then warm up in a saucepan on the stove or in the microwave.

Additional Ingredients To Add For More Flavor

  • Turnips
  • Diced Potatoes
  • Bell Peppers diced
  • Celery or Celery root
  • Crispy crumbled bacon
  • Once cooked pour in 1/2 cup of heavy cream and stir in sauce
  • Top with sour cream in the bowl

Can I Use Steak In Replace Of Stew Meat

You can. Just make sure to dice the steak up into small bite-size pieces. Stew meat is a tender slice of meat. Other cuts of meat can work you just have to make sure you pre-slice it so it mimics smaller pieces of stew meat.

If you love stew this is a really savory upgrade in my opinion. My kids and husband gobble it up, and it makes a great lunch the next day. It is like the flavors blend even more and it becomes richer in flavor.

For a delicious traditional dessert try my Hamantaschen recipe for the most incredible homemade cookies.

​Instant Pot Hungarian Goulash

​Instant Pot Hungarian Goulash
Yield: 6 6

​Instant Pot Hungarian Goulash

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Delicious hearty ​Instant Pot Hungarian Goulash that can be made easily and quickly in your instant pot.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large yellow onions, chopped
  • 3 lbs stewed beef in ½ inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons Hungarian paprika
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 TBSP tomato paste
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt - more if needed
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch


  1. Set the instant pot/pressure cooker to saute mode. Add in beef and sear the outside. Add in onions and garlic. Saute 2 minutes.
  2. Add paprika, garlic, & tomato paste. Stir coating everything well. Pour in beef broth and set to high pressure for 25 minutes. Once finished do a natural pressure release for at least 10 minutes and then you can finish with a quick release.
  3. Remove the lid. Add salt and pepper. Stir well. Sift in cornstarch stirring frequently. This will thicken the sauce. Serve with noodles or dumplings.


Note: you may use other thickeners in place of cornstarch if needed.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 514Saturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 176mgSodium: 773mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 64g

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