This Healthy Slow Cooker Hungarian Goulash Beef Stew is a comforting Hungarian beef stew that cooks in a crockpot until the meat falls apart. It is full of paprika flavor, potatoes and parsnip.

Slow cooker hungarian goulash in a bowl.

It’s hard to find a meal more warm and comforting than a good beef stew. This Hungarian Beef stew hits the spot. It is full of flavor, tender beef, potatoes, and carrots. If you are love stews full of flavor, try my Creamy Beef, Kale and Tomato Stew melts in your mouth! ( It is the best way to eat kale in my opinion).

Oh and if you are feeling Hungarian recipes, try my creamed peas. Delish!

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Why this recipe works:

  • It has all the best qualities of a Hungarian beef stew. A rich tomato and Hungarian paprika flavor, earthy veggies cooked until softened, and tender stew meat. YUM.
  • The ingredients are on the healthier side. There aren’t any refined sugars or flours in this recipe and there is no butter or dairy. This makes for a healthy goulash.
  • It cooks in a slow cooker for 9 hours. This makes for a wonderful way to meal prep.
  • It works for a variety of diets. This Paleo beef stew is also dairy-free and gluten-free.

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients needed to make Healthy Slow Cooker Hungarian Goulash Beef Stew.
  • beef cubes or stew meat– a good quality beef stew meat works great here.
  • garlic or garlic powder– fresh or powdered work interchangeably well here.
  • onion or onion powder– fresh or powdered work interchangeably well here.
  • Hungarian paprika– make sure to use a good quality Hungarian paprika. I prefer the sweet kind.
  • tomato paste– this gives the tomato flavor.
  • dried thyme and dried rosemary– to flavor the stew.
  • coconut flour– this helps thicken the stew a little bit.
  • honey– the sweetness brings out the flavors in the soup
  • chicken or beef broth– either one works well.
  • carrots– baby carrots or larger carrots both work.
  • sweet potatoes, potatoes, parsnips– these are used to accompany the meat.

See recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.


  • Instead of tomato paste, you can use tomato sauce.
  • Instead of coconut flour, you can use tapioca flour or arrowroot powder.
  • Instead of honey, you can use maple syrup.
  • Instead of parsnips, you can use turnips.

Step by Step Instructions:

Paprika mixture in a bowl.
Step 1

Step 1: Mix the seasoning that will be used to brown the meat.

This includes paprika, salt, pepper. (If you are using onion powder and garlic powder, it will be added here).

Seared stew meat in a frying pan.
Step 2

Step 2: Sear the stew meat with the seasoning and tomato paste.

Stew meat and seasoning in the crockpot.
Step 3

Step 3: Add the seared meat to the slow cooker. Add the coconut flour, salt, honey, thyme and rosemary on top. Mix everything together.

The rest of the ingredients added to the slow cooker.
Step 4

Step 4: Add the sweet potato, parsnip, carrots, potato, and broth to the slow cooker. Mix everything together.

Paleo beef stew slow cooker finished.
Step 5

Step 5: Cook in the slow cooker for 9 hours.

Expert Tips

  • Set your slow cooker to low heat.
    • I used to try to rush the process and tried setting it to high heat, but the veggies got too soggy that way.
    • Since this cooks 9-10 hours, it is a great meal to make either before bed or before leaving for work in the morning. There’s nothing like waking up to or coming home to the smell of simmering beef stew.
  • You can add different add-ins.
    • Butternut squash and turnips work great here! You can also just use regular potatoes or sweet potatoes if you prefer either one.
    • You can also add pasta in the last 15-20 minutes of cooking.
  • You can thicken the stew.
    • If the stew is too liquid for your taste, then mix 1 Tablespoon of tapioca flour with 2 Tablespoons of water in a small bowl, and then put that mixture into the slow cooker and mix.
  • Use Hungarian paprika.
    • for a more authentic taste, use Hungarian paprika. There is smoked or sweet paprika.

Recipe FAQs

What should I serve this Hungarian beef stew with?

You can serve it with bread, on top of pasta, with a side salad.

How do you store and reheat this stew?

You can store this stew in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

To reheat it, either microwave it or reheat it in a pan on the stove.

Do I have to brown the meat first?

If you are short on time, then no. But otherwise I find that it makes the flavors stronger.

Is goulash healthy?

Yes! It is full of collagen from the broth and beef. It’s got veggies like carrots, parsnips and potatoes. It has protein from the beef.

Healthy goulash in a bowl.

Other slow cooker recipes you’ll love:

This Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken and Vegetable Chili. It’s got a great tomato and veggie taste, all while having yummy shredded chicken inside.

This Paleo Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew is super comforting and delicious.

This Slow Cooker Healthy Chicken Pot Pie Soup tastes like the inside of chicken pot pie, but in healthier soup form. YUM.

I love the sound of this Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Soup by Thyme and Joy. It is low carb and so full of flavor!

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Hearty Hungarian Beef Stew (Paleo, GF) | Perchance to Cook,

Healthy Slow Cooker Hungarian Goulash Beef Stew

A comforting slow cooker recipe full of paprika, thyme, rosemary, and tomato flavors. It cooks until the meat is juicy and falls apart and the veggies absorb all the stew flavors.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 hrs
Total Time 10 hrs 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine hungarian
Servings 6
Calories 488 kcal


  • 1 slow cooker/ crockpot


  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 lbs beef cubes or stew meat
  • 4 cloves garlic minced ( or 2 tsp garlic powder )
  • 1 yellow onion minced  (or 2 tsp onion powder)
  • 2 Tbs paprika
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 1/2 tsp salt divided
  • 2 Tbs tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 Tbs coconut flour (I like the Nutiva Organic brand)
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • 4 cups chicken broth ( or beef broth )
  • 16 ounces baby carrots
  • 2 cups sweet potatoes

    sliced 1 inch thick and halved ( 3 small )

  • 2 cups potatoes

    sliced 1 inch thick and halved ( 3 small )

  • 3 parsnips

    cut into 1 inch chunks


  • If you are going to use onion powder and garlic powder instead of fresh onion and garlic, then mix together the 2 tsp garlic powder, 2 tsp onion powder, 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, and 2 Tbs paprika, together in a small bowl.
  • If you are using fresh onion and garlic, then mix together 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, and 2 Tbs paprika, together in a small bowl.
  • Then, sear the meat in one or two batches in a large pan (it depends how large your pan is if you can do it in one batch or not).
  • If you are searing the meat all in one batch, then heat 2 Tbs olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the minced onion and garlic to the pan and cook for 1 minute, Then add the beef cubes, tomato paste and spices. ( Note: if you are using onion and garlic powder, then skip the step where the minced onion and garlic get cooked and just put the beef, tomato paste, and spices into the frying pan). Cook for 2 minutes, then mix and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • If you are searing the meat in two batches then do the same thing as the instructions above, but only put half of the ingredients in. Half of the beef, half of the tomato paste, half of the spices, half of the onions and garlic and repeat the step twice.
  • Put the seared beef into the slow cooker, and scrape the pan with a spatula, putting everything into the slow cooker. ( I like the Crockpot brand of slow cooker)
  • Sprinkle 1 Tbs of coconut flour on top of the meat and mix. Then add 1/2 tsp of salt, 2 Tbs of honey, 1 tsp of thyme and 1 tsp of rosemary on top of the beef.
  • Add the sweet potato, parsnip, baby carrots and potato to the slow cooker and top with 4 cups of chicken or beef broth. Mix.
  • Set the slow cooker on low heat and cook for 9 hours.
  • Note: if your stew is a bit too liquidy for your taste, mix 1 Tbs Tapioca flour with 2 Tbs water and mix, then put into pot and mix.
  • Mix the stew before serving and enjoy! 🙂


  • Instead of tomato paste, you can use tomato sauce.
  • Instead of coconut flour, you can use tapioca flour or arrowroot powder.
  • Instead of honey, you can use maple syrup.
  • Instead of parsnips, you can use turnips.


Calories: 488kcalCarbohydrates: 53gProtein: 39gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 1778mgPotassium: 1610mgFiber: 11gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 17959IUVitamin C: 33mgCalcium: 130mgIron: 6mg
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