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Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Simple Slow Cooker Beef Goulash

It doesn’t come much easier than this Slow Cooker Beef Goulash. It’s a family dinner without having to stand over the stove for ages so you can go about your busy day. Simply put all the ingredients into the slow cooker and walk away for the day.

Beef Goulash is very similar to a stew only it uses peppers and paprika where we would use carrots and thyme.

I love this and used to make it fairly often, it is a great dish if you are on a budget as stewing beef isn’t too expensive for most of us. You will feed a family a hearty meal for around €6 less if you can find the ingredients on offer which they often are.

If you don’t have a slow cooker then don’t worry you can do it in a casserole dish, roasting tin or even a pot.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew


Allergens : Contains Gluten

Stewing Beef – 450g

Tin Chopped Tomatoes – 1

Onions – 2 Medium

knorr Stock Pot Beef – 1 or 2 beef cubes (oxo is a waste of time use knorr)

Paprika – 2 tbsp

Garlic Cloves – 3 chopped finely

Chilli Powder (optional) – 1 tsp

Water – 500ml

Red and yellow Pepper – 1 each




You will need – Either 1 Slow Cooker, a casserole dish, a roasting tin or a medium pot. You will also need 1 vegetable chopping board, 1 sharp knife, 1 wooden spoon and a measuring jug.

If using anything other than the slow cooker and you don’t have a lid then you will need tin foil.


I would class this as a medium spicy dish, leave the chilli out or use less if you don’t like it too spicy.


Boil at least 600 ml of water in the kettle, when boiled measure out 500ml and dissolve the stock cube.


Place some damp kitchen paper or a dry t-towel under the chopping board to keep it from slipping, then peel and cut the onions into slices or nice sized cubes, add them to the slow cooker.


Wash the peppers then cut them into slices making sure you have removed the seeds and any white bits inside. Add these to the slow cooker too.


Add the chopped garlic, beef, paprika, tin of chopped tomatoes and chilli if using it.


Pour the water from the measuring jug in then cover with the lid.


Plug the slow cooker in and turn it to low.


It will take anywhere from 6 – 10 hours to cook depending on your slow cooker, the quality of the meat and how big the pieces are.


You can also cook the dish in about 4 hours on the high setting.


To check if it is ready to go, simply remove a piece of meat and taste a little, it should melt in your mouth. If it is chewy and dry it isn’t ready.


If you are happy then either make a roux (see below) or thicken it with Bisto Gravy Granules. I used Bisto, I added a little at a time until it was thick enough.


Serve with Creamy Spring Onion Mash, Rice or thick slices of Soda Bread




If cooking in the oven preheat the oven to 180c GM4, cover with tin foil and cook for 2-3 hours.


If cooking it in a pot, bring the pot to the boil, turn it down to a simmer, cover and leave for 45 minutes, have a check on it, adding more water if needed.



melt 75g butter or margarine in a pot then add 75g of plain four and slowly cook to a smooth sandy texture. Add a little of this at a time to your sauce whisking and allowing it time to thicken before adding more. If it goes too thick add a little more water.

    • dfortune
    • 4th March 2017

    one of my favs

    • Joanne
    • 13th September 2017

    Made today for dinner. It is gorgeous. Kids loved it. I made rice with it!

    • Sinéad Miller
    • 21st December 2017

    Thanks so much Liam. I made this yesterday for my parents & parents in law to have after my daughters nativity play. Left it cooking away slowly and came home to a delicious meal. Everyone loved it. Happy Christmas and I hope you health continues to improve.

    • Sinéad Miller
    • 21st December 2017

    I made this for the first time yesterday for my parents and parents in law to have after my dayghter’s nativity play. Left it cooking away and came home to a delicious meal. Thanks for a great recipe again and I hope you get a good rest over Christmas and that your health continues to improve. Wishing you health and happiness for the New Year.

    • Simplyoooo
    • 30th July 2018

    Made this mid-week for notoriously fussy husband who loved it. Had left overs heated in pan next day with crusty bread. Will definitely use again.

    • Madeline
    • 5th February 2019

    Made this today, absolutely gorgeous! It was a hit with everyone. The kids were nearly licking the plate. They used bread instead and wiped up every bit of sauce!

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