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Beef Goulash

by - https://thebatchlady.com/r/4721/

A real wintery warmer, so yummy and hearty. This is a  ‘no cook bag’ which makes it a perfect easy weeknight meal. It can be cooked in the slow cooker or instant pot.

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  • diced braising beef
    800 g
  • plain flour
    2 tbsp
  • frozen peppers
    1.5 cups (265 g)
  • frozen diced onions
    1 cup (115 g)
  • frozen chopped garlic
    2 tsp
  • tomato puree
    2 tablespoon
  • paprika
    2 tsp
  • chopped tomatoes
    1 can (400 g)
  • sugar
    1 tsp
  • salt
    1 tsp

To Cook:

  • beef stock
    1 cup (240 ml)

To Serve:

  • creme fraiche
    50 g


  1. Place all the ingredients into your labelled reusable bag and store flat in the freezer. Do not add the stock or crème fraiche, this will be added when cooking.

Ready to cook

  1. Remove your freezer bga from the freezer the night before you want to cook it and let it defrost in the fridge.

    Slow cooker- Empty the bag into your slow cooker add the stock and cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 5-6 hours (I would recommend cooking on low as the meat will be more tender).  15 minutes before the end of the cook time add in the crème fraiche.

    Instant pot- empty the contents of the bag into the instant pot, add the stock and place on meat/stew setting for 25 minutes, make sure the valve is set to sealing. Once cooked leave it to sit for 10 minutes for a natural pressure release or longer if you can. Once cooked remove the lid, add the creme fraiche and serve.


  1. Love thiis. Have just bagged it up again and put it in the freezer, ready for when we go away in the motorhome. So glad I found The Batch Lady.

  2. Great recipe!! Thank you!! so quick to prepare and delicious , I made a dump bag for 4 for the freezer and another one which I cooked in the simmering oven of the aga for 6 hours. Even my two picky boys wolfed it down.. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  3. I have cooked this today for the first time. I followed your recipe exactly and its had 6 hours in a slow cooker on the low setting…. and the beef is tough as old boots.
    I so wanted this to work as I had used slow cookers before and not got on with them, but I found you on the internet and I was so positive about giving them a go again. Im really not impressed with the results.
    What am I doing wrong?

    1. Hi Mandy, it is likely that you have the wrong cut of meat for slow cooking. The best beef for goulash is braising beef or stewing beef. Lean works but I would avoid buying lean as the extra fat works well in slow cooked dishes. Make sure to read the back of the pack and it will give guidance on cooking, if it says anything about quick cooking or flash frying then avoid. Hope that helps!

  4. Made this for the first time yesterday and it was perfect. Cooked on low for 6 hours in the Crockpot and meat was very tender and flavour excellent. Another great meal for the colder months. Thank you.

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