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Slow-Cooked Hungarian Goulash Recipe

Slow-Cooked Hungarian Goulash Recipe

A great family dish, Jackie Kohn's recipe boasts a rich creamy sauce certain to satisfy goulash lovers. “I enjoy sharing recipes with friends and family,” says the Duluth, Minnesota cook, “and this one's great for pot-luck suppers, too.” TIP: Garnish with fresh parsley for flavor and color. —Jackie Kohn, Duluth, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours YIELD:8 servings


  • 2 pounds beef top round steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • Hot cooked egg noodles


  • 1. Place beef and onion in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Combine the flour, paprika, garlic salt and pepper; sprinkle over beef and stir to coat. Stir in tomatoes; add bay leaf. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
  • 2. Discard bay leaf. Just before serving, stir in sour cream; heat through. Serve with noodles.
  • 3. Freeze option: Before adding sour cream, cool stew. Freeze stew in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth if necessary. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 224 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 83mg cholesterol, 339mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 27g protein.

Reviews for Slow-Cooked Hungarian Goulash

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Igraine32 User ID: 7006585 224579
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2015

"The recipe as written is bland. This was delicious after my fixes. I followed the recipe once. This time, I added two cloves of garlic then braised the meat and deglazed the pan with the tomatoes. That was intentional. When I reached for my paprika, I found I was out. I used chili powder instead. Happy accident. I will never use paprika in this again. Maybe that disqualifies it as goulash, but I don't care, it was way better this way."

chixabomb User ID: 8229841 218851
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"Rivalled my Slovenian mother in laws. I used moose instead of beef because we are a family of hunters. I added two beef bullion cubes and a cup of water to the slow cooker, along with two additional tbsp of flour and skipped the sour cream all together. Would use this recipe again!"

HEXA User ID: 7635575 76844
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2014

"It was good, but bland."

cindyscioli User ID: 2510179 207572
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

"Made this just as the recipe said and it was delicious!"

becky1789 User ID: 7220904 69567
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2013

"I really liked this. A good dish for the winter months. Creamy and mild in taste. Had with egg noodles."

karriefother User ID: 3713474 62156
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2013

"My family enjoyed this recipe very much. I like the simplicity of it"

Rockamama User ID: 1263362 62155
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2012

"Out of 7 reviews, I only see 2 that give this recipe higher stars, and both of those reviews had to "tweak" the recipe. I won't be making this."

lokki1999 User ID: 988003 135489
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2012

"I used a 10 oz. can of Rotel diced tomatoes with green chili's and 1/2 can tomato sauce with green chili's to give it some twang!"

lauraber User ID: 5795227 66864
Reviewed May. 21, 2012

"It was simple but bland."

remidog User ID: 5977408 135487
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2012

"I made this and it turned out very very runny. Before feeding it to my boyfriend I had him taste it. He couldn`t spit it out fast enough."

kerrynjames User ID: 5662698 137921
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2012

"We enjoyed this recipe and I'll probably make it again. That said, I added cream cheese instead of sour cream, as I had just gotten home from work and didn't take the time to check the recipe before adding the final touches. I let it simmer all day in the crockpot on low and came home to a delicious smelling dinner!

Next time I'll try it with sour cream, but the cream cheese version wasn't bad, just a bit rich!"

strayxdogxstrut User ID: 5418908 137919
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2011

"Not bad, but I wasn't crazy about it. I prefer a creamier sauce."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 135041
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2011

"I did not care for this recipe. I find it too bland and runny."

Angelrider65 User ID: 5091434 153585
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2011

"Maybe try Hungarian hot paprika to add some kick for those who think it is too bland, I liked it, but i'll try the hotter stuff next time to see"

CakeOne User ID: 4595677 62071
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2011

"I made this recipe and yes it has to have a few enhancements to meet my taste, but I feel taht it is worth the five stars I gave it.

As far as the burning on or sticking I used 1/2 cup beef broth or 3 cubes beef bouillo. You can also use a crockpot liner and throw it away when you are done."

SonyaC User ID: 5003133 160615
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"David, try lightly spraying your crockpot with crisco before you put your ingredients in. This should help with clean up. ;)"

davidb5555 User ID: 5723021 156464
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2011 Edited Oct. 6, 2013


mjlouk User ID: 1712085 156463
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2010

"This was good, not amazing but good."

adnil1973 User ID: 5422498 153533
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2010

"This was great! I would make it again. So easy."

blue23423423 User ID: 5257264 135039
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2010

"So tasty, so easy to make :)"

MamaJulez User ID: 4890384 137917
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2010

"I tried to spice it up like a previous review suggested, but I still thought it was bland. It was okay...not a favorite in our house for sure."

sdcook User ID: 2660600 160593
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2010

"I was really curious about the reviews saying this recipe would be 'bland'. They were right. I did read the reviews while making the recipe. I added a 10.5 oz can of beef gravy and a can of undiluted vegetable beef soup. This helped a lot. I will make this recipe again, and after tweeking it, will give it at least 4 stars."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 62070
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2009

"Loved that I didn't have to do anything beforehand except plop it in the slow cooker!

~ Theresa"

jmd0158 User ID: 1924486 152046
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2009

"I added two cans of mushrooms & 1/4 cup of burgundy wine. Excellent!!!"

AngieLuan User ID: 2462620 156823
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2009

"Didn't care for this one - didn't have much flavor"

tammyhickman User ID: 2508752 69517
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2009

"We didn't care for it. The sauce was too bland. Maybe with some tweaking it would be better"

pdljmpr User ID: 4301195 62069
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2009

"Goulash is a dish, originally from Hungary, a stew or a soup, usually made of beef, red onions, vegetables, spices and ground paprika powder. while Gulyásleves is prepared as a soup."

starzkeeper User ID: 2306790 207571
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2009

"This was delicious, however, it is not true Hungarian gulyas. Gulyas is more a of soup with potatoes and paprika and dumplings."

shelley b User ID: 4163635 135485
Reviewed May. 19, 2009

"This was a hit with my family. I added mushrooms and used whole garlic. I didnt have sourcream on hand so I used heavy whipping cream instead and it turned out amazing. This recipe in going in our family cookbook for sure. I also used my dutch oven to cut the time in half."

sharim276 User ID: 2612435 156812
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2008

"Oh Oh Oh, this is soooo good. What I like about it too, besides the wonderful taste is, there is not pre-browning the meat in a skillet first. Everything in the slow cooker and you are done!"

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