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goulash in a slow cooker

Slow Cooker Goulash

Looking for an easy but tasty meal that you can throw in the slow cooker with ingredients you likely already have? How about this simple yet tasty Slow Cooker Goulash? 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 294kcal


  • 1 pounds ground beef
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 2 teaspoons jarred minced garlic
  • 1 green bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 2 cups tomato basil pasta sauce
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 15 oz diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon herb and garlic seasoning
  • 6 oz pasta noodles


  • Brown ground beef and add to slow cooker
  • Stir in all remaining ingredients except pasta which we will add toward the end
  • Cover and cook 2-3 hours on high or 4-6 on low (can let simmer on low up to 8 hours)
  • Add the pasta in the last 30-45 minutes and be prepared to eat right away when it’s done so it doesn’t get too soft from overcooking


  • I used macaroni noodles but I imagine you could also substitute penne or another kind of pasta.  Cooking times may vary.
To make ahead:
  • Cook & cool ground beef, add to freezer safe container or bag
  • Add all remaining ingredients except pasta
  • Store in fridge up to 3 days / freezer up to 3 months
  • Thaw fully before cooking
If you have leftovers: 
  • Let cool, store in air tight containers in fridge up to 3 days


Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 688mg | Potassium: 906mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 688IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 4mg