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German Goulash is a unique soup with thick meat, and with the Instant Pot it’s ready much faster than Oma used to!

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I’m so excited to show you how easy it is to make a hearty and tasty German goulash in the Instant Pot


Most Americans think goulash is made with ground beef, but German goulash actually uses pieces of beef.

Ladle full of German goulash with thick meat and carrots

Think more of a meat stew, but with a broth-thin soup that has so many layers of flavor, your kids will literally sip every last drop


The best part is that instead of cooking German goulash for 3 hours on the stove, we will have it ready in about an hour thanks to the Instant Pot.

How to make German Goulash in the Instant Pot

Ingredients to make German Goulash spread on a whiteboard

You’re starting with 2 pounds of lean roast meat cut into pieces. You can use stew meat or cut it yourself, but then you need to mix it with a teaspoon of salt and let it sit while you prepare your other ingredients.

You can cut your onions by hand, as I do in the video, but if you have a food processor, this will save you a LOT of time, because you need

to chop 3 large onions.

You should also peel two large carrots, cut them into sticks and cut them into 1/2-inch pieces.

At this point you can also chop 3 large cloves of garlic, but I used a couple of teaspoons of a jar, because this German goulash is one of those recipes where it is not so noticeable.

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Brown the meat in an instant pot

Heat 2 tablespoons of avocado oil or olive oil in the instant pot in the stir-fry configuration. Then add half of the meat at a time and cook for a few minutes to get some good brown chunks which are called caramelization and add that first layer of flavor to the German goulash.

Take your meat

out of the pot and set it aside, then add a little more oil if your meat was super lean like mine and there isn’t much oil or processed fat left.

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you will pour those onions and stir them, scraping those brown pieces from the bottom of the pot.

Paprika sprinkled on onions cooked in Instant Pot

Cook the onions for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they are soft and begin to darken a little


Then sprinkle 1 1/2 tablespoons of sweet Hungarian paprika, pour in that chopped garlic, stir and let it cook another minute

. Next, we add a cup of

red wine, a cup of meat broth and a bottle of German lager or Pilsner.

Onions cooked with wine and beer in Instant Pot for German goulash

Now add two tablespoons of tomato paste and a tablespoon of beef better than the broth. Just trust me in this, my German friends swear.

Sprinkle on a teaspoon of dried caraway, (this is an essential ingredient for German goulash, so don’t skip it!) half a teaspoon of dried thyme, and drop three dried bay leaves.

Ingredients in an instant pot for German goulash

Then let’s add the zest of 1 lemon. See how many flavors are coming in here? It’s crazy! German goulash is so good!

We will also add three sprigs of fresh oregano and a tablespoon of red wine vinegar.

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German Goulash in the Instant Pot

Then come those chopped carrots

and that beautiful golden meat. Stir it, then put

that lid, put the steam valve on seal, press cancel, then meat stew, and let it cook for 35 minutes


While the pot needs to increase the pressure, since everything inside is already hot, it doesn’t take long.

When the timer turns off, press cancel and at this point I suggest at least 10 minutes of natural release for the steam, but you can do a quick release if your family is hungry.

Close-up of German beef soup Goulash in a chipped white bowl

Be sure to remove the bay leaves and oregano stalks before serving your German goulash. You can eat the goulash as is, or pour it over potatoes or cooked noodles. My kids prefer macaroni noodles because the broth fills every noodle.

I also like to top the goulash with some fresh parsley for a little color and that final layer of flavor.

Why You’ll LOVE

German Goulash My family

prefers German goulash to any other type of meat stew, and I’m sure your family will agree


There is so much sweetness of onions and carrots, shine of lemon zest, acidity of red wine vinegar, the unique taste of caraway along with all the wonderful herbs.

Aerial view of Goulash's German dinner


is nothing like it.

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or if you have tried

this recipe!

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More Instant Pot Soup REcipes

The Instant Pot has seriously saved my bacon SO many times for last minute dinners. We have many Instant Pot favorites, and you can find them here on my list of Instant Pot soup recipes.

Two of my personal favorites are the instant lentil soup with sausage and the instant pot taco soup. And if you’re looking for more than just soup, try this recipe from Instant Pot Madras Lentils!

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