Instant Pot Goulash – A One-Pot Meal That Cooks In Just 4-Minutes

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Instant Pot goulash needs only 4 minutes of pressure cooking. It’s a delicious one-pot meal made FAST for those busy nights! And it’s the perfect comfort food too.

Instant Pot goulash needs only 4 minutes of pressure cooking. It's a delicious comfort-food meal made FAST! #TexasHomesteader

Simple Instant Pot Goulash Recipe

It’s true, I was late to the game in getting my very own Instant Pot. Oh sure, others raved about their Instant Pots, but I just wasn’t convinced.

Until I was!

Now I use my Instant Pot All. The. Time.

One of my favorite meals to make with it is Instant Pot Goulash. I mean – brown the meat, dump in the rest of the ingredients, press a button for 4 tiny minutes cook time & walk away?

Yeah, that’s my kinda cooking, y’all!

And goulash is a favored childhood memory of mine. Now THAT’S true comfort food!

This one-pot recipe couldn’t be easier. Check out these simple ingredients.

      • 1 pound ground meat

      • 1 onion, chopped

      • 2 cloves garlic, minced

      • 1 can spaghetti sauce

      • 2 cans diced Italian-flavored tomatoes

      • 2 teaspoons paprika

      • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

      • 2.5 cups broth

      • 2.5 cups elbow pasta

Cooking Meat, Onions & Garlic

First I turned my IP to ‘sauté’ and cooked the ground meat, chopped onions & minced garlic together until the meat was fully cooked. It only took a few minutes.

Brown meat with onions and garlic in the Instant Pot for quick goulash. #TexasHomesteader

When the meat was browned with onions/garlic I drained the fat and added the other ingredients

Initially I thought 3 tablespoons of soy sauce was going to be excessive. But it wasn’t, it was perfect. So I never skip that even though my cooking self raises an eyebrow when adding it. LOL.

A quick stir to incorporate everything and then I placed the IP lid on top, locking it into place.

Quick Cooking Goulash With A Pressure Cooker

I set my Instant Pot setting to manual high pressure and pressed the +/- button to set the time for 4 minutes.

Wait, 4 minutes??!!

Yep, that’s right. This recipe only needs to be pressure-cooked for 4 tiny minutes. How’s THAT for fast??!

Instant Pot goulash needs only 4 minutes of pressure cooking. It's a delicious comfort-food meal made FAST! #TexasHomesteader

When the timer was up I did a quick release of pressure. One last stir and we were good to go.

What Food Is Easiest Cooked In An Instant Pot?

Since getting my Instant Pot I’ve found all kinds of dishes to love it for. Making Instant Pot Broth for instance.Making broth in my Instant Pot is easy. The result is lots of healthy broth for cheap! #TexasHomesteader

Instant Pot Roast with lots of savory brown gravy.

Cooking Dry Beans in the IP is game changing y’all. So fast!

Cheesecake In An Instant Pot Oh my…

Cheesecake can be made in the Instant Pot so easily. #TexasHomesteader

You can see the list of all my favorite IP recipes:Our our favorite recipes cooked in an Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. #TexasHomesteader

But in the meantime, here’s the easy Instant Pot goulash recipe as I make it:

Did you make this Instant Pot Goulash recipe? Please rate the recipe in your comment below!

5 from 2 votes

Instant Pot Goulash

This Instant Pot Goulash recipe needs to pressure cook for only 4 minutes. That's a super fast comfort-food meal. #TexasHomesteader

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword comfort food, fast meal, goulash, instant pot, one pot meal
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Servings 6 people



  • 1 lb ground meat I used plain ground pork
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 24-oz jar spaghetti sauce
  • 2 15-oz cans Italian-Flavored diced tomatoes (can add 2 tbsp Italian Seasoning if plain)
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups dry elbow noodles
  • 2 1/2 cups broth (can use water if needed)
  • salt and pepper to taste (I used 1 tsp each)



  1. Turn the Instant Pot onto sauté. When hot, add 1 pound of ground meat, 3 cloves minced garlic,1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, and 1 chopped onion. Cook until meat is browned.

  2. When meat is browned drain fat then add 1 can spaghetti sauce, 2 cans Italian-flavored diced tomatoes, (plus 2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning if diced tomatoes are plain), 1 Tablespoon chili powder, 2 teaspoons paprika, 3 Tablespoons soy sauce, 2 1/2 cups broth, and 2 1/2 cups elbow noodles.

  3. Lock lid into place & set your Instant Pot to manual high pressure for 4 minutes.

  4. When timer is up perform a quick release of pressure.
  5. Give everything a good stir and serve hot.

  6. OPTIONAL TOPPING OPTIONS: If desired you can top with Parmesan Cheese, or sour cream, or spicy jalapenos. Whatever you like!


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2 thoughts on “Instant Pot Goulash – A One-Pot Meal That Cooks In Just 4-Minutes

  1. Angela DeGroot

    5 stars
    Thanks for sharing this recipe with me for my Pot Luck meal this week. Was super easy to make and a big hit from everyone. As you know keeping the heat from cooking in our tiny house is a must with 102 temps and higher this week. Going to check out a few more of them to see what we are going to make next. The Lemon icebox pie looks good.


  2. Thelma Briggs

    5 stars
    I made this Instant Pot goulash – it couldn’t be easier and my family loved it! 5 stars for sure for this one-pot meal.


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