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Slow Cooker Hungarian Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Hungarian Pot Roast is an amazing recipe with so many good memories of enjoying the leftovers for me! If you’re a fan of Hungarian ingredients like tomatoes, peppers, paprika, and sour cream you have to try this recipe!

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Slow Cooker Hungarian Pot Roast finished pot roast on plate with sour cream gravy

The first time I made this Slow Cooker Hungarian Pot Roast, I ate some and then made several little containers to take for lunches at school. Then I raved about how good it was at lunch every time I ate some until all my co-workers wanted to try the recipe. Since then, I’ve made this over and over through the years. 

Of course the recipe has its origins in Goulash or Gulyas, a Hungarian dish I first heard about when The Frugal Gourmet used to make it on TV (ahem, quite a while ago!) There are as many variations of goulash as there are cooks making it, but the kind I’ve made the most always had pieces of beef, tomatoes, red peppers, onions, and plenty of paprika. And this type of recipe is not especially photogenic, but trust me when I say it’s delicious! If you prefer the Instant Pot, check out the recipe for Instant Pot Hungarian Pot Roast!

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

  • olive oil
  • beef chuck roast
  • steak seasoning
  • onion
  • sweet Hungarian paprika 
  • sharp Hungarian paprika (optional, but good)
  • jar of roasted red bell peppers
  • canned petite diced tomatoes
  • beef broth
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • sour cream

What kind of Paprika did I use?

I’m a HUGE fan of Szeged Paprika (affiliate link) and I use both Szeged Sweet Paprika (affiliate link) and Szeged Hot Paprika (affiliate link) in this recipe. But if you don’t have that brand, try to use authentic Hungarian paprika. It will make a big difference in the flavor.

What Slow Cooker Did I Use?

I made this recipe in the six-quart Ninja Slow Cooker (affiliate link), but any large oval slow cooker will be fine.

Slow Cooker Hungarian Pot Roast process shots collage

How to Make Slow Cooker Hungarian Pot Roast:

(Scroll down for complete recipe, including nutritional information.)

  1. I used a large chuck roast, about 3.5 pounds after trimming.
  2. Rub the roast with steak seasoning. 
  3. Brown the meat well in olive oil before putting it in the slow cooker.
  4. Add a bit more oil and brown onions, adding paprika after the onions are lightly browned and cook a few minutes more. (Through the years I’ve come to prefer chopped onions instead of slices; take your choice on that!) 
  5. Add the browned onions to the crockpot, putting them over and around the roast.
  6. Then add chopped roasted red pepper, drained petite dice tomatoes, and one cup beef stock.
  7. Cook on high about 4 hours, or until roast feels tender when pierced with a fork.
  8. When roast is tender, remove meat to a cutting board. (You might want to cover with foil or put it back into the slow cooker to keep it warm.)
  9. Strain liquid into frying pan (catching the vegetables) and start to simmer over medium high heat to reduce for gravy. (If you use finely chopped onions and finely chopped peppers, you can skip the straining and just have a chunky sauce.)
  10. Remove about 1/3 cup of the liquid, let it cool slightly, and then mix it into the sour cream.
  11. When liquid has reduced by about half, whisk in the sour cream mixture to make the sauce. 
  12. Slice meat and serve with the sauce, either spooned over the meat or on the side. Serve hot.

Slow Cooker Hungarian Pot Roast with beef sliced on plate and sauce served on the side

Make it a Low-Carb Meal:

This would be amazing with Easy Cauliflower Rice with Garlic and Green Onion or Pureed Cauliflower with Garlic, Parmesan, and Goat Cheese for a low-carb meal!

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Instant Pot All-Beef Ancho and Anaheim Chili

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Slow Cooker Hungarian Pot Roast finished pot roast on plate with sour cream gravy

Slow Cooker Hungarian Pot Roast

Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes

This fantastic Slow Cooker Hungarian Pot Roast is a low-carb treat that I've been making for years!

Ingredients

  • 2 T olive oil, divided
  • 1 beef chuck roast, about 3.5 pounds after trimming
  • 2 T steak seasoning
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 T sweet Hungarian paprika (or more)
  • 1/2 tsp. sharp Hungarian paprika (optional, but good)
  • one 12 oz. jar roasted red bell peppers, drained and chopped
  • one 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste (see notes)
  • 1 cup sour cream

Instructions

  1. Trim desired amount of visible fat from roast, then rub roast on all sides with steak seasoning.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in heavy frying pan, add roast and brown well on all sides. (Don’t rush this step; browning the meat adds flavor.)
  3. When roast is well-browned, place in the slow cooker.
  4. While roast browns, drain tomatoes, drain and finely chop roasted red peppers, and chop onion.
  5. Heat additional 1 T olive oil in pan, then add onions and saute onions until lightly browned. Add paprika (affiliate link) and cook a minute or two longer.
  6. Put onions in crockpot on top of and around the roast.
  7. Put chopped peppers and drained canned tomatoes into crockpot, seasoning with black pepper.
  8. Pour the beef stock over top of crockpot ingredients.
  9. Cook on high for about 4 hours, or until roast feels tender when pierced with a fork.
  10. When roast is tender, remove meat to a cutting board. (You might want to cover with foil or put it back into the slow cooker to keep it warm.)
  11. Strain liquid into frying pan (catching the vegetables if desired) and start to simmer over medium high heat to reduce for gravy. (If you use finely chopped onions and finely chopped peppers, you can skip the straining and just have a chunky sauce.)
  12. Remove about 1/3 cup of the liquid, let it cool slightly, and then mix it into the sour cream.
  13. When liquid in the pan has reduced by about half, whisk in sour cream mixture to make the sauce. 
  14. Slice meat and serve with the sauce, either spooned over the meat or on the side. Serve hot.

Notes

I'd use chuck roast for this recipe. The roast I used was about 3.5 pounds after trimming.

I used steak rub that had some salt so I didn't add more, but add a little salt if you prefer.

This recipe was created by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 186Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 459mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 3gSugar: 9gProtein: 7g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Slow Cooker Hungarian Pot Roast square image of beef with sour cream gravy

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Served plain, with vegetables and gravy over the meat, this Hungarian Pot Roast is a great low-carb dish and it would also work for any phase of the original South Beach Diet. You might want to use a leaner cut of beef and use reduced-fat sour cream if you’re strictly following South Beach.

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This Hungarian Pot Roast recipe was first posted in 2012. The recipe was updated with better photos and slightly-improved instructions in January 2021.

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    88 Comments on “Slow Cooker Hungarian Pot Roast”

  1. P.S. I LOVED the Frugal Gourmet. In fact I still have, and love, his Greek cookbook – so many great recipes in there!

  2. Kalyn,

    This looks absolutely AMAZING!!

    My husband is a huge pot roast fan, and while I can appreciate it’s comforting simplicity, I just don’t get it as a favorite dish. I like a bit more pizazz than the simple but tasty all-American stew.

    Now THIS I can get behind! It sounds heavenly, Kalyn.

    Thank you!!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!!

    Cheers,

    ~ Paula
    (of Ambrosia Quest)

  3. I have many many episodes of the Frugal Gourmet on tape…yes, old VHS tapes 🙂 This sounds like an awesome crockpot recipe. Think that 12 hours on low would be comparable to the 4 hours on high? Or 8 hours on low?

  4. That looks fabulous! I love anything with sour cream and paprika!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  5. Thanks for the information, Kalyn. I hate to be such a bother, but is there a way to save your recipes in a “my favorites” location on your site? (Does it seem to you that I want you to do ALL the work for me?!) Anyway, it can be discouraging to try a new way of eating and cooking. Thanks for making it easier with your great recipes.

    • Highlight the written portion only, and then paste it into a text or word document on your computer. Then you can fix up the format, and the full text will be there.

  6. Jayne, you will have to print the entire post to get the recipe. That’s the way it’s set up in my template to prevent having the sidebars and header print when someone prints the page (with “no print” tags.)

  7. I have just started South Beach Phase 1, and although I have the SB book and the SB cookbook, I don’t think I can succeed without Kalyn’s Kitchen. I would like to print out my favorite recipes so that I can bind them in a notebook, but I’m having no success at printing just the recipe. Nor am I abloe to click and drag the highlighted recipe to a folder from which I can print it out. Can anyone help? My diet depends on it!!!

  8. BTW, forgot to say how relieved I am that so many of you remember the Frugal Gourmet!

  9. Anonymous, I’m not claiming that this recipe is Gulyas, or even that it’s authentic Hungarian; just that it was inspired by the version of Hungarian Goulash that I saw The Frugal Gourmet make. I haven’t been to Hungary myself, but I would love to go there and try the real thing.

    • I grew up in a Hungarian household, parents were "off the boat" and only cooked Hungarian. I can promise you a caraway seed never came into our house, never mind ending up in my mom's cooking. Also the world famous Hungarian paprika comes from red peppers and red peppers are common and acceptable in Hungarian recipes. So I can assure you anonymous missed the mark with their critique of this recipe.

  10. Hi Kalyn,

    To my best best knowledge, as my mother was Hungarian, you must use green pepper instead of red, and most important it “aint” Guyash without Caraway seeds, whole or freshly ground.
    And you don’t have to use canned or peeled peppers. Just cut 1 or 2 fresh green peppers.

  11. Come to mama!

  12. The Frugal Gourmet sounds more like The Tasty Gourmet! We love Hungarian flavours and make goulash soup at least once a year. I think it’s great that a cuisine can be based around the taste of peppers rather than just the heat.

  13. My mom makes Goulash. Thanks for sharing, this sounds like a great dish to make in my crock pot!

  14. Oh my goodness! As a current tv chef says : “Yummo!” Gotta try this recipe on the weekend. (and I am well-aged enough too to remember “tv chefs of the past” ) ;O) (remember Graham Kerr’s “Galloping Gourmet” ?)

    Thanks for another crockpot delight – I shall report in and let you know all the rave reviews! :O)

  15. Yes, I must do more with my slow cooker. (And I remember The Frugal Gourmet, too.)

  16. This looks great, Kalyn — I am always up for trying a good crock-pot recipe, particularly now that the weather’s cooler in the Bay Area. Yum!

  17. Hi Kalyn–I remember the Frugal Gourmet! Am always looking for a new twist on pot roast. This sounds great & it uses the crock pot–yea!

  18. Dear Kalyn, I grew up with my hungarian grandmother’s recipes so I know what I am talking about when I say that this is a FABULOUS recipe 🙂
    congrats 🙂

  19. Hey Kalyn,

    No worries. I’m also old enough to remember The Frugal Gourmet. Thanks for the memory poke.

  20. Oooooh! I so need to get meself a slow cooker! This sounds amazingly good!