Instant Pot American Goulash


Chris and Madison love when I make my American Goulash. It is not Hannah’s favorite but she likes it, She had it for the first time for dinner on Thursday night. I prefer it with a bit of cheddar cheese sprinkled in and a side of saltine crackers. We make it at home in the winter, also while out camping in the early spring and late fall.  I hope you enjoy this as much as we do.



Instant Pot American Goulash

A classic meal done quickly and deliciously in minutes in the Instant Pot! 

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 4 mins
Total Time 19 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American


  • 2 lbs Ground Chuck
  • 1 Medium sized White Onion Chopped
  • 1 tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 2 14.5 oz cans Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz Tomato Sauce
  • 4 cups Water
  • 2 Bay Leafs
  • 1 tsp Seasoned Salt ( I prefer Laundry's)
  • 2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 2 tsp Dried Basil
  • 4 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 16 oz package of Macaroni Noodles


  • Shredded Cheese
  • Crackers


  • Using your instant Pot Saute mode. Brown your 2lbs of Ground Chuck. (Do not drain any grease.)
  • Add Tomato Sauce, Soy Sauce and diced tomatoes to the Instant Pot on top of your now cooked Ground Chuck. 
  • Add 1 tablespoon of Minced Garlic.
  • Add chopped Onion.
  • Add 16 oz of Elbow Macaroni Pasta.
  • Add 4 cups of Water.
  • Grind your dried spices ( Oregano and basil) and then add them.
  • Add 2 Bay Leaves.
  • Add 1 Tsp of Seasoned Salt ( I prefer Landry's).
  • Stir all the ingredients.
  • Turn on your Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker to soup mode. Set the under pressure cooking time to 6 minutes.
  • Add your lid to your Instant Pot and set vent to airtight or seal. 
  • Once the pressure cook time has lapsed. You will quick release the pressure from your Instant Pot. I like to cover my pot with a dish towel to protect my cabinets from the steam.
  • Serve your Goulash with a sprinkle of your preferred cheese mix in and a side of your favorite crackers. Now Enjoy your dinner.
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American Goulash – Pressure Cooked

(In my 8-quart Elite Pressure cooker)


Ingredients you will need:

2lbs of Ground Chuck

1 onion chopped

1 tbsp of Minced Garlic

2 – 14.5oz cans of diced tomatoes

1 – 15 oz can of tomato sauce

4 cups of water

2 Bay leafs

1 tsp of seasoned salt

2 tsp of dried Oregano

2tsp of dried basil

4 tsp of soy sauce

1 16oz package of elbow macaroni noodles

Shredded Cheddar Cheese (optional)

Saltine Crackers (optional)




Step One:

Using your pressure cookers browning mode brown your 2lbs of ground chuck. ( Do not drain any grease.)


Step Two:

Once the meat has brown add tomato sauce and diced tomatoes to the top of the hamburger. ( I prefer Hunts brand for the sauce and tomatoes)



Step Three:

Add 1 tablespoon of Minced Garlic.



Step Four:

Added your chopped onion. 



Step Five:

Add 16oz of elbow macaroni pasta.



Step six:

Add 4 cups of water And 3 tsp of soy sauce.


Step seven:

Grind your dried spices before adding your combined Oregano and basil. 



Step eight:

Add 2 Bay Leaves



Step nine:

Add 1 tsp of seasoned salt. (I prefer Landry’s)


Step Ten:

Mix your ingredients.



Step eleven:

Set Pressure Cooker to soup mode and cook under pressure for 6 minutes. 



 Make certain your pressure release value is set to airtight.


Step Twelve:

Once the pressure cook time has elapsed, use the Quick Release method to release the pressure.




Step Thirteen: 

Serve with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese and a side of saltine crackers. Enjoy and Happy Camping!!



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