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Easy Instant Pot Goulash

With a cook time of fewer than 15 minutes, this Instant Pot Goulash is sure to be a weeknight dinner hit! Load up the Instant Pot and sit back and enjoy as it does all the hard work for you! We absolutely love dump and start instant pot recipes like this.

What we love about this Easy Goulash recipe is that no matter what, it’s cooked to perfection every single time. This homemade goulash recipe has saved a “forgotten” meal plan more than once in our house!

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This can easily be served as a meal on its own, or pair it up with some homemade bread rolls or a nice and light side salad, too.

Why You’ll Love Instant Pot Goulash

  • Easy to make and adaptable to dietary wants/needs
  • Delicious one pot meal for less mess
  • Fast and loaded with flavor
  • So good even the kids ask for more
Ingredients in bowls for Goulash.

American Goulash Ingredients

  • Ground meat
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Dry minced onion 
  • Dry chives
  • Minced garlic
  • Butter
  • Chicken broth
  • Italian herbs
  • Dry minced onion 
  • Dry chives
  • Egg noodles
  • Diced tomatoes

Tools To Make

Instant Pot

Measuring Cups and Spoons

Spatula for Stirring

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Mason Jars for Storing and Serving

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How To Make Instant Pot Goulash

  1. Add ground beef or turkey, onion, chives, garlic, salt and pepper into the Instant Pot. Turn on Saute mode and saute until meat is browned.
  2. Next, add the rest of the ingredients into the pot and stir together.
  3. Put on the lid, close and seal the valve. Set Instant Pot to HIGH pressure and cook for 8 minutes.
  4. Once the time has passed, perform a quick release by opening the valve and releasing pressure.
  5. Stir and serve.

What Is Goulash?

But wait…you want to make this easy goulash recipe but do you know what goulash really is? No worries!

In Hungary, the word “goulash” literally means “herd of cattle”. Makes sense once you see that it’s made up of ground beef and other hearty ingredients!

It’s like a mishmash of whatever ingredients you have on hand that would go well with ground beef. Goulash is usually a hearty, warm, meal that leaves everyone with a happy, filled belly.


Use ground turkey – To lower the fat content in the Instant Pot Goulash recipe, use ground turkey instead. The flavor won’t be affected and you’ll cut out tons of fat and calories. This is a great thing to do to cut on costs as well.

Replace dry herbs with fresh herbs – It’s your recipe so if you want to use fresh herbs, use ’em!

Add in some cheese – Cheese, please! Cheese somehow always makes everything better. We have tried adding a dollop of ricotta cheese on top for extra creaminess and have been known to sprinkle mozzarella and parmesan on top too.

Create some heat – Add some cayenne pepper to the mix and let the spices take over. You can also do this to your own bowl once you serve it up so that it doesn’t make everyone else burn their mouths.

Trade chicken broth– go for other broth choices like beef broth, turkey broth or even chicken stock (our recipe coming soon)

Vary noodles– don’t have egg noodles? No problem! Use whatever noodles you have on hand. We’ve used spaghetti, angel hair, and elbow macaroni and have loved the Easy Goulash each time. But, really, any pasta will do.

Jar of American Goulash by a spoon, in front of an instant Pot.

Tips & Tricks

  • Keep in mind that the cooking time that’s listed does not include the time it takes for the Instant Pot to come up to pressure or for the time it takes for the cooker to release the pressure and steam.
  • We recommend performing a quick pressure release and putting a dish towel over the valve area so you do not burn yourself. The steam coming out will be HOT and could burn you, please BE CAREFUL.
  • Sneak in some veggies! If you want to up the intake of vegetables in your house, you can add in some chopped broccoli, onions, mushrooms, or even carrots. Use our favorite vegetable chopper to get those veggies nice and small and super easy to “hide” in the goulash.
  • This simple pressure cooker goulash recipe makes awesome leftovers. Just store it in an airtight container or Mason Jar and keep it in the fridge.
  • Reheating leftovers is a breeze as well. Scoop out the portion to serve, add to the microwave, top with some fresh grated parmesan cheese, and dig in!

What Do You Eat Goulash With?

Anything you’d like, that’s another beauty of this Instant Pot Goulash with Egg Noodles. A great side dish is a salad, but steamed vegetables are good, too. We also think that a loaded baked potato sounds pretty dang awesome as well!

Can You Freeze Already Cooked Goulash?

You can! A simple trick is to freeze it in freezer bags so that you can lay them flat and stack them in the freezer.

Make sure that the goulash has cooled completely before adding it to the bags and putting it into the freezer. Once frozen, it should be good for up to 3 months.

To ensure that you use your goulash in time before it gets freezer burned, make sure to add it to your FREEZER INVENTORY (free printable) and keep track of all the goodies you have stored in there.

Goulash on a fork.

How Do You Reheat Frozen Goulash?

To start the thawing process, remove the goulash recipe from the freezer and place it directly into the fridge to thaw. From there, you can use the microwave to add the temperature heat that you’re looking for.

You can also heat the goulash in a saucepan on the stove once it’s thawed a bit.

Can You Can This?

You can use a pressure canner to can this goulash recipe.

DO NOT add pasta to the recipe if you plan on canning. You will add cooked pasta when serving, but not storing and preserving this recipe.

You may want to double this recipe to have more for canning purposes.

We did not see a tested goulash recipe on the National Center for Home Food Preservation site, but after doing some research, here is a (what we see to be safe) method for canning this.

We have seen a safe canning recipe instruction in a Ball Canning book, but do not have a link to share with you. We suggest checking your Ball Canning Guides.

ALWAYS do your own research and decide if you think it’s safe to can something or not. We are not responsible if you can this and it doesn’t turn out right or your recipe grows a bacteria that’s unsafe to consume.

Keeping that in mind, here’s what we have researched for ourselves *you do your own research*:

  • Once you’ve created your goulash, minus the pasta, use a clean ladle and hot canning jars to transport the goulash from the Instant Pot to the jars.
  • Remove any air bubbles and make sure to leave 1 inch of headspace.
  • Use a towel to wipe the rim and put on your lid and the band on until it is fingertip-tight.
  • In your pressure canner, process your pint jars for 75 minutes at 10 pounds of pressure (if using a dial-gauge canner use 11 pounts). If canning in quart jars, process for 90 minutes.

Other Instant Pot Recipes To Try

Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup – This creamy soup is great for cold days and winter months. Slightly sweet and addictive.

Instant Pot Apple Pie Filling – It’s true! You can use the Instant Pot to whip up yummy desserts as well!

Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce – Use this as an awesome addition to putting a delicious side dish on the holiday table.

Instant Pot Goulash in a jar.

Instant Pot Goulash

Mason Jar Recipe
You're going to love the flavor of this Instant Pot Goulash recipe! It's fast, simple, and full of flavor!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people


  • 1 pound ground meat
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons dry minced onion
  • 2 Tablespoons dry chives
  • 1 teaspooon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon dry Italian herbs
  • 2 cups wide egg noodles, dry
  • 20 ounces diced canned tomatoes


  • Turn your Instant Pot on to sauté mode. Add in your meat, onion, chives, salt, pepper and garlic. Continue until your meat is brown.
  • Add in your remaining ingredients. Mix.
  • Place your lid on and close your sealing valve.
  • Set your Instant Pot to high pressure for 8 minutes.
  • Once your 8 minutes is complete, do a quick release by opening the sealing valve and releasing the pressure.
  • Stir together and enjoy!
Keyword Instant Pot Goulash
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