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Instant Pot Goulash (Hungarian)

This easy Hungarian style goulash recipe is delicious and satisfying.
Course Main
Cuisine Hungarian, Western
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 384kcal


  • 2 tablespoons oil or calorie-controlled cooking spray
  • 2 pounds (900g) stewing beef cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 bell pepper deseeded and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seed
  • 2 tablespoons Hungarian paprika
  • 2 cups (500mL) beef stock
  • 1 cup finely sieved tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons red wine
  • 2 tablespoons almond flour made into a paste with 1 tablespoon of water
  • salt to taste
  • parsley for garnish


  • Select sauté, heat half the oil in Instant Pot insert and quickly brown the beef in batches, remove from insert and set aside.
  • Add remaining oil and sauté the onion and peppers until soft (about 5 minutes), switch off and quickly stir in the garlic, followed by the caraway seed and paprika.
  • Add the beef stock and thoroughly deglaze the pot.
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients, cover the pot, seal, select the stew setting and set the time to 25 minutes.
  • Allow for an NPR of 10 mins and then perform a QPR.



 Recipe Tips

  • Don’t overcook beef when browning.
  • Feel free to add more paprika if you like.
  • Add an extra 1- 1 1/2 cups of beef stock if you want a thinner soup.
  • If you don't have dietary restrictions, feel free to use regular flour instead of almond flour.
  • Try adding cubed potatoes or diced carrots during Step 4.

 Weight Watchers Points 

If you replace the oil used for frying with a calorie-controlled cooking spray, there are 6 Blue Plan SmartPoints in a serving.

Serving Suggestions


Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 280mg | Potassium: 735mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2440IU | Vitamin C: 55.9mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 5.1mg