Easy Hungarian Goulash slow cooker recipe

hungarian goulash

I’m not sure if I ever told you but my maternal grandfather was Hungarian?

When he settled here Hungary wasn’t in a good place and his parents managed to join him and spend the rest of their days here in the UK. His mother was very good in the kitchen and has left a legacy of recipes behind her, she even made her own wine …but today I am going to share an easy Hungarian Goulash slow cooker recipe adapted by myself from the original recipe

Hungarian goulash in the slow cooker

Serves 4 – Similar recipe in WeightWatchers archives shows 10 Propoints per serving

500g stewing beef cut into cubes
seasoned plain flour to coat the beef in
a tbsp oil to fry
1 large onion chopped
2 cloves garlic crushed
2 tbsps paprika
1 tin of chopped tomatoes or 400g fresh chopped
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 red pepper chopped
1 green pepper chopped
300 ml beef stock
Salt and pepper
Sour cream to serve or greek yogurt
I made dumplings to serve with mine

Coat the cubed beef in the seasoned plain flour and fry in a pan in the oil to brown on all sides.

Tip into the slow cooker, using the same pan and a spray of oil or two, fry off the onion until soft and golden and add the garlic towards the end. Add to the slow cooker.

Sprinkle over the paprika, add the tomato puree, the tin of tomatoes, the chopped peppers and the beef stock.

Set on high for a couple of hours and then turn to low for another 4 hours until the beef is tender. Correct the sauce with salt and pepper if needed and if you want to make dumplings add them to the slow cooker about 20 minutes before serving

You can sprinkle with parsley or add a swirl of sour cream or Greek yogurt too.


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  1. February 15, 2013 / 4:30 PM

    Slow cooker recipes are fabulous, and I am always looking for new ones, instead of just a boring chicken casserole, Will def be trying this :)

    • Mari
      February 18, 2013 / 6:41 PM

      I’ll be doing it again for sure, it worked really well ;)

  2. Mary at Keynko
    February 15, 2013 / 5:48 PM

    As a vegetarian, it’s not really for me – but always on the look out for new recipes for my other half – and this is going on the list!

    • Mari
      February 18, 2013 / 6:42 PM

      He’ll love it! I’d put money on it

  3. February 15, 2013 / 9:03 PM

    I love goulash, and it’s fab to discover a low fat version.

    • Mari
      February 18, 2013 / 6:44 PM

      YES!!!! And the slow cooker makes life so easy. I’m in love with mine <3

  4. February 15, 2013 / 11:11 PM

    This looks amazing and perfect to put on our meal planner for next week. Pinned and stumbled. Thanks for linking up to #recipeoftheweek

    • Mari
      February 18, 2013 / 6:44 PM

      Thank you Emily, I’ll be sure to link up next week too :)

  5. caro_mad
    February 16, 2013 / 2:35 PM

    I absolutely love Hungarian Gulasz. We have family friends in Hungary and they make the best gulasz in the world. It’s just so so yummy.

    • Mari
      February 18, 2013 / 6:45 PM

      I couldn’t agree more with you, I’ve been eating it all my life and the best I have to agree is when I visit the cousins in Budapest :)

  6. February 16, 2013 / 7:38 PM

    This looks lovely, I will have to try it

    • Mari
      February 18, 2013 / 6:45 PM

      It works and it works well, if you like beef and a good flavoured sauce this is for you

  7. Chrissie Saunders
    February 17, 2013 / 4:26 PM

    Gorgeous as always. Remember when I was in Hungary back in 2000 when I was a veggie. Attempted to order a meal with no meat and ended up with a Pudding for dinner. :-) Thanks for joining into Slow Cooker Sunday, we always enjoy your recipes. Off to Pin it now.

    • Mari
      February 18, 2013 / 6:48 PM

      Ahi ahi ahi, the perils of not knowing the local language eh? I can imagine it’s one of your most prominent memories of that trip :)

  8. February 18, 2013 / 11:42 PM

    Im always looking for good recipes for my slow cooker, and this one looks fab.

  9. February 25, 2013 / 10:54 AM

    We rarely eat meat but goulash was one of the things I cooked in a slow cooker.I need to make it again I think.

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