This Slow Cooker Hungarian Goulash is a humble stew loaded with chunks of tender, melt-in-your-mouth beef and vegetables. It features a rich, beefy broth flavored with sweet paprika - authentic comfort food at its best!
3poundsbeef chuck roastcut into 1" cubes
Morton kosher saltto taste
freshly ground pepperto taste
5medium carrotspeeled and sliced into 1/2" diagonals
4medium gold potatoespeeled and cut into 3/4" cubes
16ounceswhole fresh mushroomsquartered
1large yellow onionchopped
3large cloves garlicminced
4cupslow-sodium beef broth
¼cupHungarian sweet paprika
¼cuplightly packed brown sugar
2teaspoondry ground mustard
fresh chopped parsley for garnishoptional
Sprinkle cut beef fairly generously with salt and pepper.
If you own a multicooker, where you can brown meat right in the slow cooker - click "brown/saute". Once it's hot, add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the beef. Let it sear for a few mintues on each side, or until nicely browned. Otherwise use a large skillet over medium-high heat to heat the oil and then brown the beef. Drain off fat. If using a skillet, transfer beef to slow cooker.
Add carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, onion, and garlic over the seared beef.
In a medium bowl, whisk together beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, brown sugar, and dry mustard, and then add this mixture to the slow cooker. Stir everything gently to combine.
Cover slow cooker and turn heat to high. Cook for 4 to 6 hours, or until beef is ultra tender. Sometimes the beef is fork-tender in 4 hours, and sometimes it takes 6 hours or even a bit more, it just depends on the cut of meat. I always allow 6 hours, because the goal is fork-tender beef.
To serve, ladle goulash into individual bowls. Sprinkle with fresh parsley, if desired. A warm loaf of fresh crusty bread works great for dipping.
Note that you will need a large slow cooker for this recipe, as it makes a big quantity. We use this 7-quart multicooker. From my mom’s recipe box, which was heavily adapted from this recipe, with additional input from Mom and my sister Cheryl from their travels to Hungary and Austria.
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