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Instant Pot Goulash

Make comforting, hearty Goulash in your Instant Pot! This Americanized version of Goulash could not be easier or more delicious. It cooks perfectly every time and is done in only 30 minutes. This is the perfect easy dinner any night of the week!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to make goulash in an Instant Pot
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 453kcal


  • Pressure Cooker


  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 15-oz. cans diced tomatoes undrained
  • 2 15-oz. cans tomato sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 16 oz. elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese shredded, for topping


  • Set Instant Pot to saute. Add the ground beef, garlic and onion and cook until meat is no longer pink; drain, if needed.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, seasoned salt and elbow macaroni to the pot and mix well. Place the cover on the pot and set timer to 4 minutes on high pressure (pressure cook setting). It will take the IP around 17 minutes to build up pressure before it begins cooking.
  • When cooking is done, do an immediate quick release and wait for the float valve to drop.
  • Remove cover and serve immediately. Top with shredded cheese, if desired.


Replace the ground beef in the recipe with ground pork for even more meaty flavor!
Add 2 bay leaves to the pot before cooking for extra flavor.
Add a chopped bell pepper to the onion mixture for added texture and flavor. Red, yellow, orange or green peppers would all taste great.
Replace a portion (or all) of the water in the recipe with beef broth for a more well-rounded flavor experience.
This might sound weird, but I recently had a friend tell me that she added 1 tablespoon of soy sauce to this recipe and that it was super yummy.
Feel free to swap out the elbow macaroni for a different variety of pasta.


Calories: 453kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 712mg | Potassium: 423mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 46IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 3mg