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A bowl of American Goulash, white bowl, silver spoon, elbow macaroni, and some green garnish on top. Bread in the background.
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Instant Pot American Goulash

A traditional American Goulash, loaded with all your favorite vegetables, noodles, and a great tomato based sauce.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: American goulash, goulash
Servings: 6
Calories: 581kcal
Author: Rachael


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 ½ cups yellow onions diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cups of water
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni uncooked
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • ½ cup sweet corn kernels optional


  • 30 ounces tomato sauce 2 cans
  • 30 ounces diced tomatoes 2 cans
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon pepper


  • Turn your Instant Pot on to the sauté function. When hot, add Ground Beef. Break it up with a wooden spoon, browning it as you go. Once browned, drain off any grease, and add the olive oil, onion, green pepper, and garlic.
  • Sauté for 3 to 4 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add the one cup of beef broth and stir to deglaze, scraping any brown bits off the bottom so you don’t get a “burn” notice while cooking.
  • Add the water, and all of the sauce ingredients. Stir well.
  • Pour elbow macaroni in, and use a wooden spoon to press it down so it is completely submerged under the liquid.
  • Put the lid on, locking it into place, and set the valve to sealing position.
  • Turn on manual, high pressure, and cook for 1 minute. It should take about 10-15 minutes to come to pressure. Once it is done cooking, do not let it go to warm, instead flip the valve to "venting" to quick release the pressure.
  • After all the pressure is released and the pin drops, unlock the lid, and carefully remove lid.
  • Stir everything up, and turn off pot. Stir in cheese, and sweet corn.
  • Serve immediately.


Calories: 581kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 1610mg | Potassium: 1567mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 1042IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 258mg | Iron: 8mg