Do you have an Instant Pot? I have the best recipe for Hungarian Beef Goulash that is so flavorful, can be prepared in a little less than an hour in your Instant Pot, and your kids will actually love it!
"Can you cook this again next week, Mom?", my 16-year-old son begged! I was apprehensive while preparing dinner for no apparent reason! Telling the kids, I was making Goulash but skipped the "Hungarian" part of the name. I believe it's because my kids have a hard time with meals like Beef Stroganoff, and I wanted them to try it at least once!
Again, no idea why I was so hesitant to make this for my kids. They all loved it and went back for seconds!
Easy Beef Goulash Recipe!
My mother first introduced me to Hungarian Goulash when I was a child. I've always liked it! We traveled to Disney World and Epcot when I was a teenager. Epcot used to make a fantastic Goulash that we enjoyed! My mother returned home determined to perfect that recipe, and she succeeded!
What spices are used in Goulash?
Paprika adds vibrant character to beef dishes, enhancing the flavor to a nice rich and bold, earthy tone. Seriously, it is to die for! Paprika is meant for beef dishes in my experience!
Do you put sour cream in Goulash?
This dish, like our Stroganoff Recipe, is prepared without the use of sour cream. My kids prefer it without the sour cream.
The beautiful part about this recipe is sour cream can always be blended into a single serving, as it’s not meant to simmer on the stove as it would curdle.
Simply stir in a dollop of sour cream before serving, If that is how you like it!
How to serve Hungarian Beef Goulash
It is a saucy dish that we like to serve over egg noodles. Mashed potatoes, Smashed Baby Potatoes, Easy Hasselback Potatoes with Garlic Butter, rice and crusty bread to soak up the sauce are some other options to try!
Also, potatoes and carrots could easily be added to the recipe!
Hungarian Beef Goulash (Instant Pot)
- Instant Pot or other pressure cooker
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil extra virgin
- ¼ Tsp Salt or sea salt
- ¼ Tsp Black Pepper ground
- 2 Lbs Stew Beef or Bottom Round Steak cut into bit sized 1 ½-inch pieces
- 1 Small Onion diced
- 1 Whole Green Pepper diced
- 3 Tbsp Paprika divided
- 1 Cup Beef Broth low sodium
- 1 Can Diced Tomatoes 14.5 ounces
- 1 Bag Extra Wide Egg Noodles cooked using the package directions
- 2 Tbsp Cornstarch your favorite brand
- 2 Tbsp Water luke warm
- Season the beef with 1 tablespoon paprika, salt and pepper. Use the saute mode on your Instant Pot and add the oil. Once heated, brown the beef on each side and then remove and set aside. About 5 minutes. This can also be done in batches.
- Add the butter, onions and peppers to the pan and saute for 5 minutes or until soft. Remove and set aside once done.
- Deglaze the pot using beef broth and scrape any beef residue and crumbs stuck to the pan free. Place a trivet in the Instant Pot pan.
- Add the beef, peppers, onions, remaining paprika, beef broth and tomatoes to the Instant Pot. Lay the beef on the trivet and the other ingredients on top.
- Seal the pressure cooker and turn the dial to “seal” it closed. Use the high pressure cook mode and set the time for 30 minutes. Takes about ten minutes to preheat.
- Remove the trivet and stir. Adjust the pressure cooker to saute.Make a slurry of water and cornstarch and stir into the goulash to thicken.