Instant Pot Goulash

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Learn how to cook Flavorful & Easy Instant Pot Goulash (Pressure Cooker Goulash)! This deliciously comforting & hearty American Goulash will get adults & kids licking their bowls clean. A budget-friendly one pot meal ready in an hour.

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Every week, we’ll be publishing some delicious Instant Pot Recipes that are easy to cook, comforting to eat, and require simple pantry ingredients.

So, we’re excited to share our second #CookingTogether Recipe with you – Instant Pot Goulash!

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What is Goulash?

This Instant Pot Goulash recipe is the American-style Beef Goulash, which is different from the traditional Hungarian Goulash.

Hungarian Goulash

Goulash is a Hungarian national dish! Traditional Hungarian Goulash is a comforting meat & vegetable soup or stew, usually seasoned with paprika and other spices.

American Goulash

American Goulash is more of a casserole comfort food made mainly with pasta (most common: elbow macaroni), beef (most common: ground beef), and tomatoes.

It’s a comforting, hearty, and flavorful meal that’s very appetizing & satisfying to eat.

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What do you need for cooking Goulash in Instant Pot?

Flavor Enhancing Ingredients – We developed this Goulash Recipe during a challenging time of Human History. So, if you don’t have any of the flavor-enhancing ingredients, feel free to skip or substitute them with whatever you have on hand.

Pasta Choices – We used Ditali for this recipe, but pasta such as Elbow Macaroni or Conchiglie (Shell Pasta) will work fine.

Unsalted Chicken Stock + Water –  If you don’t have unsalted chicken stock, you can use 4 cups of water in total. You can also use 4 cups of unsalted chicken stock if you have plenty on hand.

Don’t have Crushed Tomatoes? – You can use an immersion blender to smash up some diced or whole tomatoes to make crushed tomatoes.

Let’s address the unusual suspects…

Fish Sauce and Soy Sauce – High-Quality fish sauce doesn’t taste fishy at all! Both Fish Sauce and Soy Sauce are extremely umami-filled. A few spoons of these will truly kick your American goulash game up a notch. Some poor quality fish sauce doesn’t taste good, so make sure to use a good quality brand of fish sauce or just substitute with another tablespoon of regular soy sauce. 

Red Boat Premium Fish Sauce, 500 ml (17 oz.)
  • 100% Pure with only 2 Ingredients - Anchovy and Sea Salt
  • Does not contain added water, preservatives, or MSG
Red boat 40N fish sauce is thus far our favorite not only from our blind taste-test. It also comes out on top in many other blind taste-tests documented online. We’re not spokespeople for Red Boat, nor did they sponsor this. We just think this Fish Sauce is full of awesomeness. 🙂

Let’s get cooking with Goulash in Instant Pot!

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Instant Pot Goulash

Learn how to cook Flavorful & Easy Instant Pot Goulash (Pressure Cooker Goulash)! This deliciously comforting & hearty American Goulash will get adults & kids lick their bowls clean. A budget-friendly one pot meal!
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Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 - 6
Calories: 585kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound (454g) elbow macaroni
  • 1 - 1½ pound ground beef
  • 1 can 28oz (796g) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (200g) medium onion , diced
  • 6 (18g) garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil
  • 2 cups (500ml) unsalted chicken stock + 2 cups (500ml) cold water
  • 3 tablespoons (45g) tomato paste
  • Salt and Black pepper

Flavor Enhancing Ingredients:

Optional Garnish:

  • Parsley , finely sliced

Instructions

  • Brown Ground Beef in Instant Pot: Press “Saute” button to “Sauté More” function to heat up Instant Pot. Wait until the indicator says “HOT” (~8mins).
    Season the ground beef generously with kosher salt and ground black pepper.
    Add 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil in Instant Pot, and make sure the oil is coated over the whole bottom of the pot.
    Add in ground beef. After 5 minutes of browning, remove the ground beef juice.
    *Pro Tip: The ground beef juice is fatty, but it contains a lot of flavor. It's up to you to discard or reserve it for later.
    Continue to brown the ground beef, and stir occasionally until they are slightly crisped and browned (~5 – 7 mins). Taste and adjust the seasoning with more kosher salt and ground black pepper.
  • Sauté Onion and Green Pepper: If your ground beef is very lean, you may need to add in 1 extra tbsp oil at this point. Add diced onions & green pepper in Instant Pot, then saute for 3 minutes.
  • Sauté Garlic and Spices: Add in 1.5 tsp (1.8g) dried basil, 1.5 tsp (1.2g) dried oregano, minced garlic cloves, and 3 tbsp (45g) tomato paste, then saute for another minute.
  • Deglaze Instant Pot: Pour ½ cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock in Instant Pot, then deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot.
    *Pro Tip: Make sure to deglaze really well for this goulash recipe!
  • Pressure Cook Goulash: Add in 1 tbsp (15ml) fish sauce, 2 tbsp (30ml) regular soy sauce, 1 tbsp (15ml) Worcestershire sauce, and the previously reserved beef juice (optional). Give it a quick mix.
    Add in 1lb (454g) elbow macaroni or ditali. Pour in 1½ cup (375ml) unsalted chicken stock and 2 cups (500ml) cold water.
    *Pro Tip: Make sure all the pasta are fully submerged in the liquid.
    Pour in 1 can of crushed tomatoes with all the juice on top. Do not mix!
    With Venting Knob in Venting Position, close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position. Pressure cook at High Pressure for 4 minutes + Gradual Quick Release. When the floating valve drops, turn the Venting Knob to the Venting position. Open the lid carefully.
    *Pro Tip - Gradual Quick Release: Use a wooden spoon to turn the venting knob just a bit so the steam starts to come out gently. This pressure release method prevents splatter, and it'll take longer than a normal Quick Release.
  • Stir and Season: It will look a bit too saucy at first, that’s normal! Once you start stirring, it'll all come together nicely & tasty. Taste and season with more salt if necessary (for reference: we added roughly 1 – 2 pinches of salt to season the dish properly).
  • Serve Goulash: If you have some parsley on hand, finely slice them, then garnish the Goulash. Serve & enjoy~
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Nutrition:

Calories: 585kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 918mg | Potassium: 1061mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 485IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 5mg
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
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Step by Step Guide: Instant Pot Goulash

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Prepare ingredients for cooking Goulash in Instant Pot:

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1

Brown Ground Beef in Instant Pot


First, press “Saute” button to “Sauté More” function to heat up Instant Pot. It will switch to “ON” on the screen.

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Wait until it says “HOT” on the screen (takes roughly 8 minutes).

*Pro Tip: Make sure Instant Pot is as hot as it can be in order to induce a maillard reaction.

Now, season the ground beef generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Add 1 tbsp (15ml) olive oil in Instant Pot, then swirl your pot around to make sure the oil is coated over the whole bottom of the pot.

Then, add the ground beef in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker.

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The ground beef will start to release moisture. At the 5-minute mark, remove the ground beef juice.

*Pro Tip: The ground beef juice is fatty, but it contains a lot of flavors. So it’s up to you to discard or reserve it for later use in the recipe.

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Continue to allow the ground beef to brown in Instant Pot, then stir occasionally until they are slightly crisped and browned (~5 – 7 minutes).

Lastly, taste and adjust the seasoning with more kosher salt and ground black pepper.

2

Sauté Onion and Green Pepper


*Pro Tip: If your ground beef is very lean, you may need to add in 1 extra tbsp oil at this point.

Add diced onions & green pepper in Instant Pot, then saute for 3 minutes.

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3

Sauté Garlic and Spices


Add 1.5 tsp (1.8g) dried basil, 1.5 tsp (1.2g) dried oregano, minced garlic cloves, and 3 tbsp (45g) tomato paste in Instant Pot, then saute for another minute.

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4

Deglaze Instant Pot


Now, pour ½ cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock in Instant Pot, then deglaze by scrubbing all the flavorful brown bits off the bottom of the pot (as shown in the photo below).

*Pro Tip: Make sure to deglaze really well for this Instant Pot Goulash!

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5

Pressure Cook Goulash


First, add 1 tbsp (15ml) fish sauce, 2 tbsp (30ml) regular soy sauce, 1 tbsp (15ml) Worcestershire sauce, and the previously reserved beef juice (optional) in Instant Pot. Give it a quick mix.

Add 1lb (454g) elbow macaroni or ditali in Instant Pot.

Then, pour in 1½ cup (375ml) unsalted chicken stock and 2 cups (500ml) cold water.

*Pro Tip: Make sure all the pasta are fully submerged in the liquid.

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Finally, pour in 1 can of crushed tomatoes with all the juice on top (as shown in photo below). Do not mix!

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With Venting Knob in Venting Position, close the lid, then turn Venting Knob to Sealing Position. Pressure cook using the “Manual” or “Pressure Cook” button:

Instant Pot High Pressure 4 minutes

  • Pressure Cooking Method: High Pressure for 4 minutes + Gradual Quick Release

*Pro Tip – Gradual Quick Release: Use a wooden spoon to turn the venting knob just a bit so the steam starts to come out gently. This pressure release method prevents splatter, and it’ll take longer than a normal Quick Release.

Instant Pot gradual quick release

When the floating valve drops, turn the Venting Knob to the Venting position. Open the lid carefully.

6

Stir and Season


pressure cooked goulash in Instant Pot

*Note: It will look a bit too saucy at first, that’s normal! Once you start stirring, it’ll all come together nicely & tasty. 🙂

Taste and season with more salt if necessary (for reference: we added roughly 1 – 2 pinches of salt to open up the flavors & season the dish properly). 

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7

Serve Instant Pot Goulash


If you have some parsley on hand, finely slice them, then garnish the Instant Pot Goulash.

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Serve & enjoy your comforting & deliciously flavorful goulash!

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Elisa M McCreary

Super easy and flavorful. I used vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and it still was great.5 stars

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Pamela

Making this for the second time. New family favorite. Very flavorful.5 stars

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Kim

My family LOVES this!!!5 stars

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David

I made this goulash altering it slightly to my tastes. It was really delicious and even my daughter like it.
That is saying something for her. She usually doesn’t like anything with tomatoe.
My Instantpot is a Viva.
I got it a couple of years ago for a Christmas present and have made a number of your recipes.5 stars

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Beth

Made this the other day. It was great! Thanks guys! Stay safe!5 stars

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Valerie Adams

I was a little concerned about the fish sauce. However, the dish was absolutely delicious. My husband and my son both raved about the flavor. This is a keeper!! I am going to share it with my daughter who introduced me to the instant pot. She will love this.5 stars

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Terri Nelson

I have a regular pressure cooker for stove top. Can you tell how to adjust the cooking time pkease?

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Shirley

I use a Philips HD2137 Viva Collection All-in-One pressure cooker. The recipe works for this pressure cooker and this dish is another hit in my family. My husband had three helpings and my daughter ate up her dinner with no drama. Love it!5 stars

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Shirley

This is such a delicious and easy to make dish. A big hit with my husband and daughter. Definitely another winner of a recipe in my family from Amy and Jacky! So glad I found this site! I use the Philips HD2137 Viva Collection All-in-One.5 stars

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Klara Lee

I just made this tonight & it was delicious! However, the portion was too much for 2 ppl. If I need to halve the recipe, do I just cut all the ingredients by half? What abt the cooking time?5 stars

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