One of my fondest childhood dishes, goulash, is now even better because you can make an Easy Instant Pot American Goulash version in less than 20 minutes. Its tomato covered elbow noodles, mixed with a few veggies, and lean red meat of your choice makes for a delicious weeknight meal that your family will truly love.
After my goulash Instastory post, I couldn’t stop laughing at how many of you said your parents went overkill on goulash while you were growing up🤣 I totally fall into that category too. But now, as a Mom of two, I can totally see why my Mother chose to cook it all of the time!
Dude, this recipe is crazy easy! And it takes less than 20 minutes to make if you have an instant pot or pressure cooker. In all seriousness, the way my week-life is set up, this sounds like a total winner to me. Can you agree?
I’d like to propose that you join me in honoring all of the goulash making mother’s and fathers of the world, and let’s have this recipe on repeat in our home until we’re empty nesters!!!!! Yeah!🙌🏾
Frequently asked Goulash Questions
- Do the noodles need to be cooked before adding to the pot? Dude, I told you this was the easiest recipe ever. Therefore, you do not have to cook the noodles first. Just dump and go. (Thank me later xo)
- Isn’t Goulash the same as Hamburger Helper? While people like to make the comparison because it looks the same, it absolutely is NOT the same thing. They taste completely different. Last time I checked, Hamburger Helper didn’t have tomato sauce, nor do I recall any fresh veggies in it.
1lb ground beef, lean
4 diced garlic cloves
1 large onion, diced
1 large green pepper, diced
1tbs seasoned salt
2tsp black pepper
2tbs Worcestershire sauce
30oz tomato sauce
28oz smoked diced tomatoes (plain is ok)
16oz box of elbow noodles
Set your Instant Pot to “saute” mode
Add ground beef, onion, green pepper, garlic. Fully cook the meat, there shouldn’t be any pink.
Drain any access fat.
Stir in worcestershire sauce, seasonings, tomato sauce, and diced tomato, and elbow noodles.
Place the instant pot lid on pot and lock.
Set pressure timer to 4 minutes on high pressure.
*Some models will start the 4 minute countdown almost immediately.
*Some models may take 12-15 minutes to reach the pressure level and then the 4 minutes will start.
Safely do an immediate quick release and wait for the float valve to go back down.
Top each serving with shredded cheese.