German Gulasch (Goulash)

German Goulash (Gulasch)

Goulash, in German called Gulasch, is our family tradition for large gatherings and holidays. I prepare two large pots for my daughter and family, and also for the visiting neighbors and friends. We have Spätzle as a side, or wide Noodles. Some greens like Boston lettuce that complements the meal. Friends of my daughter always looking forward to my home cooked meals, especially this dish.

When growing up, my mother used to make Goulash on a regular basis – it’s one of those dishes that I fondly remember. She always made this dish in a pressure cooker. I was extremely suspicious of this pot, somehow I always expected the thing to suddenly explode. When I moved out and was now responsible for the goulash myself, I used a normal pot and let the dish simmer for several hours. In other words, for a Sunday dinner I had to start cooking right after breakfast (still in my pajamas). I quickly realized the advantage of a pressure cooker, now the Instant Pot with more functions. First I didn’t want to buy one because it was highly suspect!

You can get very tender beef/pork meat by cooking in a Dutch oven (1.5 hrs) or Slow Cooker (4 to 5 hrs). I have tried the Instant Pot pressure cooker, and the meat will get super tender (25 min min. high pressure with instant release)

German Gulasch (Goulash)

German Gulasch (Goulash)
Category: Main meal
Cuisine: German
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

The best way to cut meat in cubes is to freeze the meat for 30 minutes first. This Goulash can also be prepared in the Instant pot. Sear seasoned meat (divide if necessary in 2 parts), then the vegetables. Add a can tomato puree and 1 cup red wine, 4 cups of broth or water. Close lid and cook on high pressure 25 minutes with instant release. Open the lid, thicken and season to taste.


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots sliced (optional)
  • 1 celery stalk thinly sliced (optional)
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 2 1/4 pounds stewing beef and pork tenderloin
  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder if you like it hot
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tsp Caraway seeds (optional, it will taste different)
  • One 16-ounce can tomato puree or a can of stewed tomatoes
  • 4 cups beef broth (or water if not available, then use a beef cube)
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch/flour mix with a little water to thicken gravy
  • More red wine to round up the taste


  • Heat a Dutch oven or pot with 1/2 tbsp olive oil.
  • Sprinkle the meat with paprika, cayenne powder, salt and pepper.
  • Saute the seasoned beef/pork in portions on high heat until browned about 3 minutes. Remove
  • Add the onions, peppers, carrots and celery to the pot, and cook on high stirring occasionally.
  • Deglaze the Dutch oven, making sure to loosen anything stuck to the bottom of the pot. Pour in 1 cup of red wine, then add back the meat.
  • Add a can of tomato puree, then the beef broth or beef cube, and water. Adjust water if needed.
  • Turn down on low simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is very tender, about 90 minutes.
  • Thicken the goulash with the corn starch/flour mix at the end.
  • Add some salt and pepper and paprika to taste, also red wine to round up the taste


Serve with noodles. Can be eaten as as a soup. Goulash taste better the next day. Can be frozen for several weeks

Nutrition information

6 to 8
Serving Size: 1 serving

I have been living half of my life in Germany, then US, and traveling since then. My passion is cooking, painting and glass mosaic art. I try to re-create recipes I grew up with, or I tasted while traveling in Europe.

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