Easy Slow Cooker Goulash



It’s happened in the Roast Chicken household. Autumn. The 13.5 tog duvet, the heating, the thicker dressing gown, and the Return of The Stew. This is often my first stew of the year. Using up the last of summer’s peppers and an old tin of tomatoes – this is just what I needed to come home to, after being out all day in the cold.

I’m happy to say the prep was only as long as it took the onions to soften (about 10 minutes) – the slow cooker does the rest. I didn’t brown the meat as Jamie doesn’t (thanks Jamie) and I used nice good quality local beef which cooked down beeootifully. The buttered cabbage on the side was the icing on the cake, so to speak.

A real right place, right time recipe that I hope you will love!

Easy Slow Cooker Goulash
(serves 4-6)

splash rapeseed oil
2 large onions, chopped
2 red peppers, deseeded and chopped
800g good quality diced beef
2 tablespoons flour
splash of red wine, if you have any open
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon thyme
1 tablespoon paprika
salt and pepper


1. Soften the onions in the oil for around 5 minutes on a medium heat then add the peppers for a further 5 minutes.
2. Turn up the heat and add the flour and the splash of wine, if using, to the pan.
3. Add all of the other ingredients, stir, then pour into the slow cooker.
4. Cook on low for 4-10 hours.

Since this is most definitely even better the second time round, reheated with fresh veggies, I’m entering it into the Cook Once Eat Twice challenge hosted by Corina at Searching for Spice. Unbeknownst to me it was also ‘Buy British’ day on October 1, when I bought the meat and veg for this goulash, and since it was all local, I’m linking up with Charlotte’s October Food Year Linkup over at Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen to celebrate. I’m also linking with the Slow Cooked Challenge hosted by Farmer’s Girl Kitchen and Baking Queen 74, as this gets better and better the longer it’s cooked.

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. This sounds delicious Helen, I’m sure my family would enjoy it. Can it be cooked on a low heat in the oven rather than a slow cooker (as I don’t have one)?


    1. Helen says:

      Yes I’ve done it like that loads of times. Also on the hob is fine but you’ve got to keep stirring it to stop it sticking! It’s also great with a swirl of soured cream if you’re feeling naughty 🙂 H x


  2. Eb Gargano says:

    Yum! Yum! Yum! I LOVE goulash and this looks like a fab recipe for it 🙂 Eb x

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  3. Corina says:

    I love it when it turns to stew weather again! I’ve also just cooked my first slow cooked meal for a while and it reminded me just how much I enjoy these type of meals. They certainly get even better the next day so thank you so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice!


    1. Helen says:

      You’re welcome – I love your challenge – it’s my favourite kind of food! H x


  4. Janice @FarmersgirlCook says:

    This looks gorgeous, Helen. Nothing wrong with throwing a tin of tomatoes at a stew. I’m tempted to make this myself now 🙂


    1. Janice @FarmersgirlCook says:

      Got a bit carried away with your lovely stew and forgot to thank you for joining us for the Slow Cooked challenge!!!


      1. Helen says:

        No prob – and the rewards WAY outweigh the effort!


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