Tips To Make Easy Goulash Recipe Instant Pot Simple

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Goulash, a hearty stew with origins in Hungary, is a classic comfort food perfect for chilly nights. This recipe takes that comforting dish and makes it even easier with the help of your Instant Pot. With minimal prep and a cook time of under an hour, you can have a delicious and satisfying dinner on the table in no time.


Instant Pot Goulash
Instant Pot Goulash

1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped (optional)
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15-ounce) can beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can white beans, drained and rinsed (cannellini or Great Northern work well)
  • 1 cup egg noodles (optional)
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)

  • Directions:

    1. Sauté the Beef: Set your Instant Pot to “Sauté” mode. Heat the olive oil and add the ground beef. Cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned. Drain any excess fat.

    2. Add the Aromatics: Add the chopped onion and garlic (and bell pepper, if using) to the pot with the browned beef. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, or until the onion is softened and translucent.

    3. Deglaze and Build the Flavor: Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, thyme, salt, and pepper to the pot. Stir to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom and combine all the ingredients.

    4. Pressure Cook: Cancel the “Sauté” mode and close the lid of the Instant Pot, ensuring the pressure valve is set to “Sealing.” Press the “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” button and set the cook time for 15 minutes on high pressure.

    5. Natural Release: Once the cook time is complete, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes. Then, carefully release any remaining pressure manually using the venting method according to your Instant Pot model’s instructions.

    6. Thicken the Stew (Optional): If you prefer a thicker goulash, mash some of the kidney beans against the side of the pot with a fork before adding the remaining beans.

    7. Add Beans and Noodles (Optional): Stir in the drained and rinsed kidney beans and white beans. If using egg noodles, add them now and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes on the “Sauté” mode, or until the noodles are heated through.

    8. Serve and Enjoy: Garnish with chopped fresh parsley (optional) and serve hot with crusty bread or rice.

    Nutrition Facts:

    (Per Serving, without egg noodles)

    Calories: 450

  • Fat: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 50mg
  • Sodium: 750mg
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Sugar: 15g
  • Protein: 30g

  • Please Note: These nutritional values are estimates and may vary depending on the specific ingredients used.


    This easy Instant Pot goulash recipe is a perfect example of how to create a delicious and satisfying meal with minimal effort. It’s packed with protein and fiber, making it a well-rounded dinner option. Plus, leftovers store well in the refrigerator for lunches throughout the week.


    1. Can I use ground turkey or chicken instead of beef? Absolutely! Substitute ground turkey or chicken for the ground beef and follow the recipe as written.
    2. What vegetables can I add to this recipe? This recipe is easily customizable! You can add chopped carrots, celery, or mushrooms along with the onions and garlic. Frozen vegetables work well too, simply add them during the pressure cook time.
    3. My Instant Pot doesn’t have a “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” button. What should I do? Most newer Instant Pot models have a “Pressure Cook” button. If yours doesn’t, consult your user manual for the equivalent pressure cooking function.