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Slow Cooker Goulash

This recipe for goulash in the Crock Pot is one of my go-tos for a busy week. It makes a boatload of sauce that is easy to use with noodles in traditional goulash, but my Crockpot goulash recipe also makes a great topping for hot dogs, baked potatoes and more! 
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 3474kcal


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/4 medium onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 24 oz pasta sauce
  • 28 oz diced tomatoes canned do not drain
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt or to taste
  • 3 cups pasta noodle shells uncooked (shape of of your choice)


  • Brown ground beef, onions and garlic until no pink remains, drain away the fat.
  • Add ground beef mixture to Large Crock Pot, I used a 6-Quart Crock Pot. Add all remaining ingredients except the uncooked shells.
  • Cook in the slow cooker on high for 2 hours or low for 4-5 hours.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy!


*If the cooking time doesn't leave you enough time to have it cook while you're gone during the workweek, have the sauce cook on a weekend day and assemble the Goulash for your Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday night meal! The leftovers are even better than day of!
** When I was making this recipe and taking my pictures for this post, I was making a double batch. So, for one batch, you could get by with using a 4-Quart Crock Pot.


Calories: 3474kcal | Carbohydrates: 250g | Protein: 204g | Fat: 188g | Saturated Fat: 71g | Cholesterol: 644mg | Sodium: 9167mg | Potassium: 8763mg | Fiber: 35g | Sugar: 78g | Vitamin A: 6994IU | Vitamin C: 259mg | Calcium: 723mg | Iron: 43mg