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Crockpot Goulash are so easy to prepare, filling and delicious. Try this simple Goulash Recipe for a meal full of hearty ground beef, tomatoes, pasta and more.

Goulash in a bowl with macaroni noodles with a tomato base meat mixture topped with peas and corn bread
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If you are looking for a one pot meal that everyone will love, this is your recipe. This goulash recipe is something our family enjoys all year long. It is warm and comforting but light enough to enjoy all year.

Each bite is loaded with lots of ground beef and more. Crock pot Goulash is the perfect comfort food as it is loaded with noodles, beef and tomato base sauce. The ingredients are simple but the recipe is full of flavor.

You might also like Paula Deen’s Goulash or Hungarian Goulash. If you have an Instant pot, try our Instant pot American Goulash.

What is American Goulash?

American Goulash combines the easy ingredients of noodles, ground beef and a tomato base sauce. Cooking this American Goulash recipe makes for an easy one pot meal. Even the noodles cook directly in the slow cooker.

Some may say it is similar to spaghetti. But goulash is made with the noodles and sauce cooked together. Spaghetti is made with the noodles and meat sauce cooks separately.


  • Ground Beef – You can also use ground turkey or ground pork
  • Onion, diced – Learn How to Freeze Onions to prep diced onions ahead of time.
  • Green Bell Pepper, diced – Substitute with red bell peppers
  • Minced Garlic – If using fresh garlic cloves, learn How to Mince Garlic Cloves
  • Italian Seasoning – Learn how to make Homemade Italian Seasoning Recipe
  • Beef Broth – Substitute with beef stock if you prefer
  • Dry Uncooked Elbow Macaroni Noodles – Choose a noodle your prefer. We have also used Rotini

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How to Make American Goulash in a Crock Pot

  • Step 1 – Prepare Ground Beef – Brown your ground beef with the onion and add to the slow cooker.
  • Step 2 – Add in vegetables and seasoning – Next, add the peppers, onions, tomatoes, broth and all of the seasonings.
Placing the ground beef in the slow cooker topped with diced onions and green bell peppers
  • Step 3 – Cover and Cook on Low for 6-8 hours or Cook on high for 3-4.
  • Step 4 – Stir in Pasta – In the last 15 minutes before serving stir in the pasta. It is so easy. Now, don’t worry if it looks watery because the pasta will soak it up.
  • Step 5 – Simmer in Slow Cooker – Let it all simmer together for another 15 minutes until pasta is al dente. Cooking time may vary, it may take up to 30 minutes.
  • Step 6 – Serve and Enjoy – Serve immediately. We like to top with shredded cheese but that is optional.

Expert Tips

  • Ground Beef – We recommend cooking the ground beef in a separate skillet. You can also prepare the ground beef before hand and then add to slow cooker on cooking day.
  • Vegetables – Chop the vegetables ahead of time to easily add to your slow cooker on cooking day. We like to chop vegetables and freeze them to easily add to any recipe.
  • Pasta – Add the un cook pasta towards the end of the cooking time to the slow cooker. The pasta sauce based goulash will cook the pasta in the slow cooker without dirtying another pan.
  • Add in other Vegetables – Add in some other vegetables when adding in the bell pepper. Chopped carrots and mushrooms are some of our favorites. You can also add in some frozen vegetables such as frozen spinach, peas, or corn. It is a great way to sneak in some vegetables.
  • Change the Pasta – We used macaroni noodles, but you can easily use other types of noodles. Rigatoni noodles or penne noodles would work well with this recipe.
American Goulash topped with peas in a bowl and topped with corn bread

What to Serve with American Goulash

This Beef Goulash is good all by itself and on really busy days that is exactly what we did. We just served up heaping bowls of this delicious goulash and dinner was served.

  • Cornbread Recipe – It is really good with cornbread to dip into that delicious tomato sauce. We love this Homemade Cornbread Recipe.
  • Jalapeno Cornbread Recipe – Also, for a little heat we like Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread Recipe.
  • Side Salad – Otherwise the recipe is really good by itself. If you feel like you need something green, try a simple side salad for a really quick option.
  • Roasted Vegetables – You can also learn how to steam broccoli in the microwave for a quick and easy side dish.  We also love these delicious roasted green beans.
  • Peas – We love to serve a side of green peas. My kids like to mix the peas in with the goulash for a flavor meal idea.
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese – If you like to top your crockpot goulash recipe with shredded cheese make sure you shred your own cheese. Pre-shredded cheese taste and melts perfectly when mixing with the goulash dish.

How to Store Leftover Slow Cooker Goulash

  • In the Refrigerator – Store leftover crock pot American goulash in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The beef goulash will last about 3-4 days. It makes the perfect lunch the next day.
  • Freezing Goulash – Since this recipe includes pasta, this American Goulash is not freezer safe.
  • Reheating – To reheat leftovers, heat in the microwave in a microwave safe container. Heat in 30 seconds intervals until heated.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Thicken Goulash in a Slow Cooker?

If you find that your texture of your goulash is to thin, you can make a cornstarch slurry to thicken it up. Mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water. Pour this mixture in the slow cooker with the goulash and continue to heat for about 30 minutes. This should thicken the texture.

Can you Make Goulash in a Crockpot?

Yes, you most certainly can. While the stove top works just as well, we love the ease of the crockpot. The slow cooker makes it so easy because you can home to dinner ready and waiting. Perfect for busy weeknights and the best comfort food.

What is Another Name for American Goulash?

Based on where you live, American Goulash can be called many different names. Here are a few of them, Slumgullion, American Chop Suey, and Johnny Marzetti.

American Goulash topped with peas in a bowl

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Crockpot Goulash

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American Goulash Crock Pot Recipes are so easy to prepare. Try this easy Crockpot Goulash Recipe for a meal full of hearty ground beef, pasta and more.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine Italian
Course Main Course
Calories 718


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  • In a skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef with the onion. Drain off the excess grease and add to a 6 quart slow cooker.
  • Add in bell pepper, Italian Seasoning, salt, pepper, garlic, tomatoes, and broth. Stir to combine.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4.
  • 15 minutes before serving stir in the pasta. It will look very watery but don’t worry the pasta will soak it up. Cover and cook for 15 minutes until the desired tenderness is reached.
  • Serve immediately.

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Recipe Notes

Optional – you can serve it with shredded cheese on top.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 718kcal, Carbohydrates 67g, Protein 39g, Fat 32g, Saturated Fat 12g, Cholesterol 107mg, Sodium 1223mg, Potassium 1211mg, Fiber 6g, Sugar 10g, Vitamin A 450IU, Vitamin C 35.8mg, Calcium 127mg, Iron 6.7mg

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  1. Carrie Barnard says:

    Yes, you can. If you decide to cook the pasta separately, reduce the beef broth to 1 cup as you won’t need as much in the goulash recipe.

  2. Hazel says:

    Could you cook the pasta separate then add to slow cooker and mix together ???

  3. Carrie Barnard says:

    Those are just sides you can serve with them. And Yes, they are my pictures.

  4. Carrie Barnard says:

    Yes allow the recipe to completely cool before freezing.

  5. Jaime DeVries says:

    Can leftovers be frozen?

  6. Mary says:

    What are the peas & croutons doing for this??? Zero connection to the photos or are they not your pix?

  7. Randy Cornelius says:

    5 stars
    Made this tonight. My 6yr old grandson he could eat it everyday and that my cooking was better than his dad’s! Thank you, it’s definitely a keeper! Have a blessed evening.

  8. Carrie says:

    I would add it 5:45 so that it will cook for the last 15 minutes of the cook time.

  9. Tina Jay says:

    5 stars
    I am cooking this immediately, it sounds so good! I have one question: are we adding the uncooked pasta before or after the main cook time? For example, I will slow cook for 6 hours, do I add the macaroni at 5:45 hours, or when it’s done on warm? Thanks.

  10. Carrie says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it – Thanks for sharing!

  11. Jan says:

    5 stars
    This was very easy to make and very tasty! I altered the recipe by adding 2 small cans of Hunts tomato Sauce and it added more flavor for my tastes! It made so much I portioned out into freezer bags and tucked into freezer! Deelish!!

  12. Carrie says:

    Yes, you can put the ground beef and onions in the crock pot raw and break it apart before the last hour of the cooking time. I would only do this with lean ground beef so you do not have to worry about excess grease in the crock pot.

  13. Kelly says:

    Is it possible to make this recipe without browning the beef and cooking the onions

  14. Carrie says:

    I cook the onions with the ground beef and stir the minced garlic into the crock pot with the remaining ingredients. I have updated the recipe. Sorry for the confusion.

  15. Victoria says:

    You recipe calls for onion and garlic, but your instructions don’t mention what do to with those ingredients or when to add them in. Do I cook them with the beef? Or do I add them in the cooker like the rest of the ingredients??