Instant Pot Goulash Recipe

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This simple Instant Pot Goulash recipe will have you coming back for seconds. The flavorful blend of seasonings with ground beef, noodles, onions, and potatoes make up this American goulash recipe.

Instant Pot goulash in blue bowls

Using your Instant Pot to make this easy goulash recipe will have you serving dinner quickly.


  • ground beef
  • Russet potatoes
  • onion
  • egg noodles
  • diced tomatoes
  • beef broth
  • pepper
  • cumin
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • dried parsley
  • dried oregano
  • tomato paste

What is American Goulash?

The main ingredients of American goulash are beef, pasta, paprika, and tomatoes. Goulash is a comfort food.

Comfort food is generally something that warms your bones and provides a little nostalgia.

Think about the old days when your grandmother or great-grandmother was in the kitchen whipping up a homemade recipe to keep her family warm.

American goulash is simply referred to as goulash in the south and the Midwestern United States but has been known to be called slumgullion by some.

What is the Difference Between Goulash and Spaghetti?

American goulash is not the same as goulash around the world. As an example, if you opt to eat a Hungarian style goulash you'll find that this simple goulash is made with chunks of meat, paprika, and peppers blended with spices to create a chunky soup texture.

If you're wondering what is the difference between goulash and spaghetti then you need to take a look at the photos.

Spaghetti is made with entirely different pasta and involves a tomato-based sauce that's seasoned and placed on top of the straight pasta.

Goulash is made with noodles or elbow pasta and combined other ingredients like potatoes, onions, and ground beef with seasonings to be enjoyed much like a casserole.

Having high-quality Paprika is a must to get the full effect of this recipe. It definitely takes the flavor up a notch. I love using this set of two Hungarian paprika spices because it comes with one that is hot and one that is sweeter.

Goulash is a staple for the winter season. This simple Instant Pot recipe is a quick go-to idea when I'm not sure what to cook or have little ingredients on hand.

This goulash recipe calls for ingredients that most of us have in the home.

This recipe is not only a fabulous comfort food for the winter season, but it's a budget-friendly dinner idea to serve your family.

These simple ingredients blended together to create your favorite goulash recipe will make everyone happy and it will only take 15 minutes to complete from start to finish.

How To Make

You'll find the recipe card below where the list of ingredients and instructions are easily printed to make goulash at home.

Using your Instant Pot this recipe requires only 15 minutes of your time, amazing right?!

The easiest way to make this simple goulash recipe is to gather your ingredients: ground beef, potatoes, onion, uncooked egg noodles, diced tomatoes, beef broth, and the listed seasonings.

From here you'll saute the first three ingredients on the list in your Instant Pot until the ground beef is fully cooked. Add in the egg noodles, diced tomatoes, beef broth, and seasonings being sure your noodles are completely covered in liquid.

Place the lid back on your Instant Pot and allow your simple goulash recipe to cook on manual high pressure for 4 minutes.

You then add your tomato paste and blend it so that you have your final product – American Goulash!

If you're looking for Instant Pot recipes using pasta, try Instant Pot Tomato Chicken Penne Pasta and my favorite Instant Pot Baked Spaghetti.


What do you eat with goulash?

I don't usually serve anything with goulash, but you can serve many things with goulash. Some people enjoy a delicious side of garlic bread while others like a garden salad. Rosemary bread is also a good choice. You could also serve French bread with it.

You can eat anything with goulash that you desire, perhaps a roasted asparagus recipe will suit your fancy to serve alongside a bowl of this simple goulash recipe.

How do I freeze goulash?

If you want to make a large batch of this Instant Pot goulash then you'll be happy to know that you can freeze goulash for up to 3 months! Simply place your batch of Instant Pot goulash into airtight freezer bags or containers after it's cooled.

Then you can label the goulash packages with a date to ensure you heat these up for dinner before the three-month storage time has passed.

How do you spell goulash?

Goulash. It is pronounced ɡo͞oˌlaSH.

What is the difference between spaghetti and goulash?

The basic difference is that spaghetti is typically prepared by cooking the sauce in one pot and the noodles in a separate pot. With goulash, everything is cooked in one pot, making it truly a one-pot recipe.

Where did goulash originate from?

Goulash originated in Hungary. The recipe we created is American goulash, which is somewhat different than traditional Hungarian goulash.

Instant Pot goulash in blue bowl


Yield: 8 Servings

Instant Pot Goulash

instant pot goulash in blue bowl

Making goulash in the instant pot is easier than ever! This delicious goulash is perfect for a quick dinner idea for the family. A type of meat stew, the Hungarian stew or goulash is a typical Hungarian dish that is very tasty and consistent. Try this American-style goulash, as a complete meal, or garnish it with garlic bread or a salad.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  1. Add first three ingrediens to the inner pot of your Instant Pot and cook on saute mode until the hamburger has completely browned, stirring every couple of minutes.
  2. Add egg noodles, diced tomatoes, beef broth and seasonings. Push noodles down to make sure they are under the liquid.
  3. Put the lid on the Instant Pot and turn the pressure valve to sealing. Set for a manual high pressure of 4 minutes.
    When the cooking time has finished, allow for a quick release.
  4. Add tomato paste to the pot and stir until well combined. There shouldn’t be a need to heat additionally, but you can turn the pot on saute for a minute or two in needed.


Suggestions for a unique Goulash:

  • You can serve Goulash by itself, but if you want to surprise your guests or give yourself an extra treat, you can enjoy this dish with a side of salad or bread.
  • For the side of bread, you can use Garlic bread, Rosemary bread, or French bread.


  • Can dogs have Goulash? Though this stew includes a lot of spices, you'll want to leave those out for your dog's portion. Everything else is safe for your dos to eat.
  • Can cats have Goulash? If you would like to feed your cat with this delicious stew, is better to prepare it separately from the spices, mainly onions and garlic, these can be fatal for your cat's health.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 423Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 74mgSodium 910mgCarbohydrates 53gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 7gSugar 7gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 25g

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    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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    1. It should be fine, you just want to make sure not to fill over the fill line, and keep in mind that the pasta will expand.

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