Slow Cooker Goulash

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Slow Cooker American Goulash is a rich, meaty dish loaded with beef and veggies. This easy slow cooker ground beef recipe is great for dinner!

American Goulash is a very hearty, filling pasta dish that’s full of ground beef, tomatoes, and veggies. The best part about this comforting recipe is that using a slow cooker makes it easy!

Goulash on a wooden spoon made in slow cooker

Slow Cooker American Goulash

With a big family to feed, we’re always on the lookout for filling and flavorful recipes that’ll feed a crowd. Goulash is a favorite of ours because you can whip it up as a One Pot American Goulash or whip it up easily in a CrockPot or slow cooker! We’re especially big fans of this slow cooker method. It’s low-effort since the slow cooker does most of the work and the long cook time creates plenty of flavor! It’s always a good dinner night at our house when goulash is on the menu.

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There’s plenty of comforting, filling pasta dishes here on the site! Here’s just a few more for you to try after this.
  • The kiddos will definitely love this One Pot Pepperoni Pizza Pasta recipe! Loaded with plenty of beef, onions, pepperoni, and pasta, we topped this one pot with plenty of mozzarella and extra pepperoni.
  • Baked Ziti is incredibly easy to make and extra delicious. We assembled ours with plenty of layers of meat, pasta, and cheese to make this tasty, filling dinner dish. You can even prep it ahead of time!
  • Who needs the boxed stuff when you have our Homemade Hamburger Helper Beef Noodle recipe? Our homemade recipe is just as easy to make as actual Hamburger Helper but tastes leagues better!

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What to serve with this Pasta recipe

We feel that this Goulash pairs really well with some good, crusty bread. Consider making a loaf of Cheesy Garlic Bread to serve as a side dish to go with this delicious dish!

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Beef Goulash Ingredients

  • Ground Beef
  • Pasta – There’s a wide variety of shapes that would work in this goulash recipe. Consider something like elbows- like we used- or shells.
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Italian/Pasta Sauce – use store-bought or homemade
  • Tomato Paste
  • Onion, diced
  • Celery, sliced
  • Bell Pepper, diced
  • Minced Garlic
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Salt

Ingredients to make Goulash

How to make Goulash

First things first, we need to get all of our ingredients prepped. Get your veggies sliced and diced and get your ground beef into a skillet on the stovetop. We’re going to let that brown until no pink remains.

Ground beef cooked in a pan

Once you’ve browned your beef, drain off any rendered fat and then transfer your beef to the slow cooker. Here, you’re going to add all of your remaining ingredients except your pasta.

Remaining ingredients added to slow cooker

Give all that a quick stir before covering and letting cook either on low for 4-5 hours or on high for 2. When that’s getting close to done, you’ll want to get your pasta cooked. Follow the instructions provided on your pasta’s packaging and cook until it’s reached an al dente doneness. Drain off any pasta-water, and then add your cooked pasta to the slow cooker.

Pasta elbows added to meat sauce

Stir that until it’s mixed in well. Put the lid back on your slow cooker and let your pasta cook with your goulash for an additional 10 minutes. This’ll help all the flavors get to know each other a little better!

Goulash in a Crockpot

When that cook time’s through, your goulash is ready to eat! Feel free to keep the slow cooker on low to keep your dish warm while everyone’s helping themselves to a serving. Plate up and enjoy yourself!

Cooked American Goulash on a spoon

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Slow Cooker Goulash

By: Jen CIncyshopper
Slow Cooker American Goulash is a rich, meaty dish loaded with beef and veggies. This easy slow cooker ground beef recipe is great for dinner!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 2 hours 16 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 small Onion diced
  • 2 tsp minced Garlic
  • 1/4 cup diced Bell Pepper
  • 1 stalk Celery sliced
  • 3 ounces tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 12 oz jar Spaghetti Sauce
  • 14 oz can Diced Tomatoes, do not drain
  • 2 tsp Basil
  • 2 tsp Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 1/2 cups Pasta Shells uncooked


  • Brown ground beef until no pink remains.
  • Drain excess fat and transfer to slow cooker.
  • Add all remaining ingredients except the pasta.
  • Cook on low for 4-5 hours or high for 2 hours.
  • Prepare pasta according to package directions to al dente doneness.
  • Drain add to slow cooker.
  • Stir until well mixed.
  • Cover and cook an another 10 minutes.


Calories: 503kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 28g, Fat: 24g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 81mg, Sodium: 991mg, Potassium: 1169mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 1198IU, Vitamin C: 35mg, Calcium: 101mg, Iron: 5mg
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About Jen Cincyshopper

A lover of food and frugal living. A wife to a wonderful hubby, momma to 5 fun kiddos. Welcome to my blog. You will find REAL TASTY RECIPES. Be sure to subscribe to my email list and follow me on social media, to never miss a recipe.

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