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Hungarian Beef Goulash in a bowl over egg noodles
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Hungarian Beef Goulash (Instant Pot)

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 rave about it!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Hungarian
Diet Low Lactose
Keyword Hungarian goulash with noodles, instant pot goulash, Recipe for Hungarian Beef Goulash
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Sauté Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 612kcal
Author Christy
Cost $10


  • 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.
    Browned beef in a bowl
  • Add the butter, onions and peppers to the pan and saute for 5 minutes or until soft. Remove and set aside once done.
    Sautéed onions and peppers over grilled beef in a bowl.
  • 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.
    Instant Pot Trivet
  • 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.
    Hungarian Beef Goulash Recipe in the Instant Pot.
  • 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.
    Hungarian Beef Goulash in a bowl over egg noodles


Because of my children, I use a sweet Paprika rather than the smoked variety. Please use what you see as fit for your family.
Nutritional information is calculated using a recipe calculator and may vary depending on the brands used.


Calories: 612kcal | Carbohydrates: 47.1g | Protein: 57.5g | Fat: 20.3g | Saturated Fat: 6.8g | Cholesterol: 215mg | Potassium: 748mg | Fiber: 4.6g | Iron: 8mg