CrockPot Goulash

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Easy Crockpot Goulash is the perfect make ahead meal for busy families! It is hearty, delicious and the perfect comfort food served alongside Easy Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits!

American Goulash (not to be confused with Hungarian Goulash) is made with ground beef, onions, mushrooms and pasta smothered in a tomato based broth. This easy Crockpot Goulash is easy to make ahead of time and everyone absolutely loves it!

Crockpot Goulash with ground beef and tomatoes ready to serveEasy Crockpot Goulash

Old fashioned goulash is a complete meal in one bowl that will keep your family satisfied and their bellies happy. Serve it with fresh rolls and a side salad if you like. Your family will absolutely love the taste and you will love the simplicity!

What is Goulash?

While Hungarian Goulash is a paprika seasoned meat stew/soup, an American Goulash is a completely different dish.

A beef goulash recipe in North America is more commonly a tomato based ground beef and macaroni dish. Other vegetables are added such as onion and green peppers for flavor. This dish goes by many other names as well (like American Chop Suey) but our family has always just called it beef goulash!

A steaming bowl of crockpot goulash is the perfect weeknight meal

Can you make Goulash in a Crockpot?

While most Goulash recipes are made on the stovetop, allowing this dish to simmer in the slow cooker is a perfect make ahead meal. Not only can it be made ahead of time, the flavors are so much better when it cooks in the slow cooker all day long! The perfect dish to come home to.

  • Convenient: Just put the ingredients in and let the slow cooker do all of the work.
  • Flavorful: As the meat sauce cooks all day for this goulash recipe, it has tons of flavor.
  • Make Ahead: This can be made ahead of time meaning you come home to a meal ready to enjoy.

Crockpot goulash ingredients in the slow cooker

How to Make Old Fashioned Goulash in the Crockpot

Making Crockpot Goulash is super simple!

  1. Brown ground beef, onions and garlic.
  2. Add all the ingredients (except noodles), stir, cover and cook on high for 2 hours or on low for 4-5 hours.
  3. Prepare your noodles (this also can be done ahead of time and placed in a refrigerator), then add to the slow cooker for about 5-10 minutes to heat through.

While you can add raw noodles to the crockpot for the last 30-40 minutes, for the best results, I highly recommend cooking the noodles on the side and stirring them in for serving.  I have found that, depending on the brand, adding raw noodles can become gummy in texture. The best and most consistent results were achieved by cooking the pasta separately.

A scoop of crockpot goulash is the perfect slow cooker meal.

As the temperature drops, stews, chilis and soups are a welcome change from summer barbecued dishes. Crockpot Goulash is the perfect comfort food meal that will warm you to your core this fall. So simple to make and equally as delicious, you just have to give it a try!

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Print Recipe
5 from 6 votes
Servings: 8 servings
Crockpot Goulash
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Author: Holly
Course: Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine: American
Keyword: American chop suey, beef goulash, crock pot, goulash, goulash recipe, slow cooker

This Crockpot Goulash recipe has tender pasta noodles mixed in a rich beefy meat sauce.

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 1/2 medium onions diced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 24 oz pasta sauce jarred or canned
  • 28 oz diced tomatoes canned, do not drain
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 oz mushrooms canned, do not drain
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt, or to taste
  • 3 cups pasta shells uncooked
  1. Brown ground beef, onions and garlic until no pink remains. Drain any fat.

  2. Add ground beef mixture to CrockPot. Add all remaining ingredients except the uncooked shells.

  3. Cook on High for 2 hours or low for 4-5 hours.

  4. Prepare shells al dente according to package directions.  Drain well and stir into meat sauce. Cover and cook an additional 10 minutes to heat through.

Recipe Notes

This recipe creates a thick goulash, if you prefer your goulash to be thinner, increase the water to  1.5 or 2 cups.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 373, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 70mg, Sodium: 749mg, Potassium: 1352mg, Carbohydrates: 45g, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 11g, Protein: 33g, Vitamin A: 17.5%, Vitamin C: 42.2%, Calcium: 9.2%, Iron: 35.2%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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CrockPot Goulash prepared in a crock pot




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Crockpot Goulash is a flavorful zesty pasta dish.  Everyone loves this family meal with ground beef, bell peppers and onions are simmered in a zesty tomato sauce in the slow cooker all day for the perfect meal. #spendwithpennies #crockpotrecipe #slowcooker #crockpot #groundbeefrecipe #easyrecipe #meatsaucerecipe #easymeatsauce #goulash #Americangoulash #Amercianchopsuey #hamburgerhelper


Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

17 comments on “CrockPot Goulash”

  1. This was fantastic…the only change I made was to leave out the green pepper ,I don’t like them. Will make this again for sure..

  2. What size crock pot is that? Brand too if you can say. 

  3. This recipe looks delicious! Any suggestions to make this in the Instant Pot?

    • I haven’t tried this in the instant pot but if you were to follow the directions of a meaty pasta sauce it should work just fine. I’d suggest cooking the pasta separately.

  4. My mom just used tomato juice for the liquid and no other tomato products. I sweat my onion in butter then add the mushrooms, Juice, browned hamburger and cooked pasta. Yummy!

  5. Looks delicious! . Can’t wait to try these!

  6. Looking forward to trying your recipes

  7. Have you ever used beef broth instead of water?

  8. Oh my God, what an appetizing photo! And what a simple recipe! I will definitely cook this delicacy for my family at the weekend! Thank you for your site and your work! Your site is inspired by culinary masterpieces!

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