Smoked Paprika Goulash for the Slow Cooker

This is a very rich and flavorful beef dish with a thick, red, smoky tasting sauce. Great for making a day ahead and reheating. Instead of noodles, you can serve over rice or potatoes.

Smoked Paprika Goulash for the Slow Cooker Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Smoked Paprika Goulash for the Slow Cooker for 8 servings:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 onions, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup smoked Spanish paprika
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 3 pounds lean beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 (10 ounce) package egg noodles
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (optional)
  • 8 sprigs fresh parsley (optional)

Smoked Paprika Goulash for the Slow Cooker Cooking Instructions

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The following are the steps to cook Smoked Paprika Goulash for the Slow Cooker easily:

  1. 1 Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir onions until they soften and begin to brown at the edges, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for one minute. Transfer mixture to a slow cooker. Cover and set cooker to Low.
  2. 2 Mix together paprika, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Toss the meat cubes in the paprika mixture until evenly coated.
  3. 3 Heat one tablespoon of the oil in the skillet over medium-high heat. Put a third of the beef cubes into the skillet and cook until nicely browned on all sides. Transfer to the slow cooker. Pour 2 tablespoons of water into the skillet and scrape the browned bits from the pan; pour liquid into the slow cooker. This prevents the paprika from burning when you brown the next batches of beef. Add another tablespoon of oil to the skillet and cook the next batch the same way; repeat for the third batch.
  4. 4 Stir the tomato paste and the rest of the water into the slow cooker; cover. Cook on High for 4 to 5 hours (or on Low for 6 to 9 hours).
  5. 5 Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Stir in the egg noodles, and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the noodles have cooked through, but are still firm to the bite, about 5 minutes. Drain.
  6. 6 Serve goulash over noodles with a dollop of sour cream and a sprig of parsley.


  • Cook's Note
  • To prepare a day in advance, transfer the goulash to a pot after cooking in the slow cooker and refrigerate overnight. Reheat on the stovetop over medium-low heat until goulash comes to a low simmer, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Partner Tip
  • Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 642 calories; 28 grams of fat; 38 grams of carbohydrates; 59.1 grams of protein; 182 milligrams of cholesterol; 795 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Mar 4th 2012

    Other than braising this on the stove-top in a Dutch oven (four hours – three was not long enough) because I started it too late for the slow cooker, I made this as is – and I can’t im ...

  2. Feb 14th 2011

    This was one of the best crockpot dishes I've ever had the pleasure of making, as well as eating! After reading several reviews I did alter the recipe quite a bit. First off, my supermarke ...

  3. Nov 25th 2010

    Very good. I cooked on the stove top instead of a slow cooker for about 4 hours or so on very low. This makes a tasty gravy. I used half beef broth and half red wine instead of water (why ...

  4. Jan 26th 2010

    So tasty! I modified this to cook on the stovetop since I didn't have 4-5 hours to make it as written. Smoky, rich and flavorful sauce that my daughter and husband raved about - next time I ...

  5. Dec 15th 2009

    This was an awesome dish! I only used 2 lbs of beef stew meat and cut the salt down to less than 1 tsp, 2 tsp is way too much. In place of the water I used low sodium beef broth which was ev ...

  6. Aug 2nd 2009

    This recipe is fantastic but it is NOT goulash! Goulash is a soup. However, this is so very tasty that I have to remember that people call things by different names. This is actually close ...

  7. Feb 19th 2009

    My family really really enjoyed this. I thought it tasted great. Funny hubby said more salt and zing other then that, he'd like me to make it again....Me and the kids thought it was excellen ...

  8. Feb 18th 2009

    The amount of salt in this recipe was corrected by the Staff on 2/18/2009.

  9. Feb 15th 2009

    There are few things worse than too much salt in a dish. Perhaps the measurement should be in teaspoons instead of tablespoons. It's a shame, because otherwise, I think this would have bee ...