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8 Super Tasty Instant Pot Goulash Recipes

Find the Best Goulash Recipe for Your Instant Pot

Goulash is such a hearty, comforting meal with a rich history and making Goulash in the Instant Pot is so quick and easy. In this list, you'll find both authentic Hungarian and more Americanized versions of this meat and vegetable stew. One of these Goulash recipes is certain to be a hit with your family!

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If you are looking for some amazing Goulash recipes that you can make in the Instant Pot pressure cooker, then you’re in the right place. This list of Goulash recipes is part of my big list of Instant Pot Beef Recipes.

Before we get to the recipes, I want to answer a few common questions about goulash.

How Do You Make Goulash?

Goulash is traditionally made by browning cuts of meat in lard and onions. The meat is then seasoned with paprika and cooked in a pot with vegetables to make a stew. However, many modern versions of Goulash are made with ground beef and may also add pasta or even cheese to the recipe.

What Meat Do You Use to Make Goulash?

Traditionally, Goulash is prepared using tough, collagen-rich cuts of beef, veal, pork, or lamb that are cut into chunks. During the cooking process, the collagen is broken down and turns into gelatin. This gives Goulash it’s thick and hearty consistency.

This process of breaking down collagen to gelatin is what makes the meat in my French Dip recipe so tender and juicy also.

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Can I Make Goulash With Ground Beef?

Of course!

Ground beef won’t give you the taste and consistency of a traditional Goulash, but it is a great option when you need a quick, hearty meal for the family.

Can I Make Goulash in the Instant Pot?


There are tons of great Instant Pot Goulash recipes out there and I have brought some of the best together in this list so that you can easily browse through them and pick the one you like most. You’ll find a large variety of recipes here, each with its own spin on this centuries-old dish. There are some that are closer to the more traditional versions of Goulash and others that are more Americanized.

No matter what version you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it here.

How Long Does It Take to Cook Goulash in an Electric Pressure Cooker?

The cook times for the recipes in this list range from 15-20 minutes.

Instant Pot Goulash Recipes

Without further ado, here is the list of Goulash recipes.

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    American Goulash from Simply Happy Foodie

    This American Goulash will be done in under an hour and your family will be fed and happy!

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    Italian Goulash from Wondermom Wannabe

    Looking to feed a ton of people? This one looks like it will feed a crowd!

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    Cheesy Ground Beef Goulash from by Pink

    This goulash isn’t just goulash….it’s cheesy goulash!

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    Goulash from Huckleberry Life

    Do you like goulash? This recipe looks like it’ll be a great one!

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    Ground Beef Goulash from Thrifty Jinxy

    Do you like Goulash? Even if you weren’t a believer before, you may be after you try this one!

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    Authentic Hungarian Goulash from Two Sleevers

    If you’re looking for a recipe that is closer to a truly authentic Hungarian Goulash, then try this one out.

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    Hungarian Bean Goulash from Krumpli

    This is not your typical American version of Goulash made with pasta. No, this very authentic Hungarian goulash is made with beans and looks absolutely amazing!

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    Hungarian Goulash from Sparkles to Sprinkles

    This hearty and delicious bowl of Goulash is perfect for any night of the week.

Here are a few more interesting facts about Goulash:

How Is Goulash Served?

Since Goulash is a soup/stew, it is best served in a bowl.

What Is Goulash Usually Served With?

Goulash is a very flexible dish. It can be served with either rice, pasta, noodles, gnocchi or dumplings. While browsing through the list, you probably noticed that pasta is used in many of the recipes above.

Any type of bread like rolls or a slice of toasted sourdough is also great to serve alongside this hearty dish.

Where Did Goulash Originate?

Goulash has a long and interesting history. It is a meat and vegetable stew seasoned primarily with paprika. While it is a very popular dish that has been enjoyed throughout parts of Europe for centuries it came from very humble beginnings.

Goulash originated from cow herders in Hungary and was known to be a dish enjoyed only by the poor. However, over time, it gained popularity among the wealthy and became a popular dish offered at many restaurants throughout Budapest.

When Did Goulash Come to the United States?

This modest dish eventually made its way to the United States in the mid-1800s when a wave of Hungarian migrants fled to North America after a failed revolution. Over the following century, Goulash would become one of the most popular dishes in the United States.

To learn more about the history of Goulash, you’ll want to check out this article from the Smithsonian and this article from The Kitchen Project.

Looking for other pasta dishes? Check out my big list of pasta recipes.

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