Instant Pot Hungarian Goulash

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Hungarian


Instant Pot Hungarian Goulash is a delicious beef stew with onions and potatoes and full of flavor from paprika.


  • 2 lbs. stewing beef, in 1 ½-inch chunks
  • 3 tsp. salt, divided
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. cooking oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. paprika
  • 4 cups low or no-sodium beef broth, divided
  • A pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 4 medium potatoes, in 1 ½-inch chunks
  • ¼ cup flour


  1. Season the beef with 2 teaspoons of the salt, and the pepper.
  2. Set the Instant Pot to Sauté on high and add the oil.
  3. Add half of the beef to the oil and cook untouched until browned underneath, 3-4 minutes. Stir and cook until browned underneath, 3-4 more minutes. Transfer beef to a plate. Repeat with remaining beef, adding more oil if needed.
  4. Add onion and bell pepper to the Instant Pot and sauté until softened, 3-5 minutes.
  5. Add the paprika, the 1 remaining teaspoon of salt, red pepper flakes (if using), and 3 cups of the beef broth. Stir and scrape the bottom of the pot to make sure that nothing has stuck to it anywhere.
  6. Return the beef to the pot and add the potatoes. Stir.
  7. Set to pressure cook on high for 15 minutes and make sure the knob is set to Sealing.
  8. Once the Instant Pot has finished the 15 minutes of pressure cooking, set it to do a Natural Release for 10 minutes. Then turn the knob to Venting and allow the remaining pressure to release. Once the pressure valve has dropped, take off the lid.
  9. Measure the flour into a jar. Add the remaining 1 cup of beef broth to the jar. Put the lid on and shake until the flour mixture is smooth.
  10. Add the flour mixture to the Instant Pot and stir.
  11. Set the Instant Pot to sauté and bring it to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
  12. Divide among soup bowls.