Hungarian Goulash Hack – Instant Pot and Dutch Oven

Hungarian Goulash Hack
Using this hack for Hungarian Goulash, you can get the deep flavor from hours of slowing simmering in a Dutch Oven, and the speed of and Instant Pot will make it all happen in under an hour!

A Dutch Oven is the tool to use when you want to make a rich, flavorful stew. But, it takes hours of slow cooking to get the meat tender.  I’ve got a hack for that. You cook the meat in the Instant Pot with some beef base for about 20 minutes and then add it to the rest of the ingredients in the Dutch Oven.  It’s the best of both worlds.

Could you do the whole thing in the Instant Pot?  Sure, but you wouldn’t get the great flavor simply because browning the meat and vegetables really requires more room so good caramelization can occur. That caramelization is what gives the deep flavor.  I love my Instant Pot, and often use the saute function, for smaller things.  If I want to saute a lot, then it’s a Dutch Oven or large saute pan.

Beef Base

So, do you know about Better than Bouillon Beef Base? I’ve been using it for years, and it was recently mentioned in America’s Test Kitchen as their winning brand for a beef base.  It’s great because it stores easily in your refrigerator and doesn’t go bad. I used to buy beef stock in a carton, didn’t need all of it,  it would sit in the refrigerator until it became a Science Experiment, and I would throw it away.  Beef Base doesn’t do that.  It comes in a jar, and you use a teaspoon added to a cup of hot water to make a cup of broth. What could be easier or more cost-effective?

Red Pepper Paste

Hungarian Goulash Hack - Instant Pot and Dutch OvenRed pepper paste is NOT the same thing as pepper sauce, so the stuff you put on your tacos is not going to work here.  I like the Tukas brand.  If you can’t find it in your local supermarket, try a Mediterranean market or, of course, Amazon.

Let’s Make Goulash!

Hungarian Goulash Hack - Instant Pot and Dutch Oven

Hungarian Goulash Instant Pot

Use this hack to make Hungarian Goulash in under an hour.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Pressure 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dinner, Main, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine Hungarian
Servings 6
Calories 375 kcal

Equipment

  • Dutch Oven
  • Instant Pot

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound sirloin cubed
  • 1 teaspoon bacon fat
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 red pepper chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried shallots
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons red pepper paste
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons beef base
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup sour cream for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Add the flour, some cayenne, some white pepper and some paprika to the meat in a bowl. Stir it up until it is completely covered.
    Hungarian Goulash Hack - Instant Pot and Dutch Oven
  • Put the bacon fat and the olive oil into the bottom of a dutch oven. Turn on the heat and when the oil is warm enough add the meat, shaking off any excess flour and saute it until it is nicely browned.
    Hungarian Goulash Hack - Instant Pot and Dutch Oven
  • Put the browned meat into the instant pot. Mix the water and beef base thoroughly. Pour this over the beef and set the pot into the instant pot. Cover the top and set it to pressure for 20 minutes.
    Hungarian Goulash Hack - Instant Pot and Dutch Oven
  • Meanwhile, saute off the onion pepper and garlic until the end of the onion is translucent. Add the tomato paste and mixed together. Cover and set aside.
    Hungarian Goulash Hack - Instant Pot and Dutch Oven
  • When the meat is cooked let it natural release for 10 minutes and then quick release. Carefully remove the inner pot from the instant pot. Use a slotted spoon put the meat into the Dutch oven.
  • Turn the heat up under the Dutch oven and let them cook a bit with the vegetables stirring constantly. Carefully add the liquid in the inner pot to the Dutch oven and mix to combine.
    Hungarian Goulash Hack - Instant Pot and Dutch Oven
  • Add the pepper paste, cayenne, and white pepper. Taste for seasoning and cook on low heat until the mixture is nice and thick about 10 minutes.
    Hungarian Goulash Hack - Instant Pot and Dutch Oven
  • Serve with spaetzle
    Hungarian Goulash Hack - Instant Pot and Dutch Oven
Keyword Hungarian, worknight easy

Hungarian Goulash Hack - Instant Pot and Dutch Oven

Hungarian Goulash Hack – Instant Pot and Dutch Oven
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As an award-winning and serious home cook, I seriously believe there is no reason why you can't have a restaurant quality meal at home. One of the good things about eating at home is to save money, so armed with a good menu plan, a shopping list, and an appreciation of good food, we can all have gourmet food on a budget.

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