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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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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.

Find More Recipes Like This One:
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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”

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  3. Hi Kalyn. The last time I cooked this, it scorched and burned in the bottom of my crockpot. Is that because my in a newer version? How long would it take to cook it in a dutch oven in the oven. I may want to do this to avoid the "burn". Thanks

    • I'm not sure what would make it scorch in only four hours; I've made this in several different slow cookers and never had a problem like. You might cook a few hours on high and then turn to low if your slow cooker cooks hot. I don't have much experience with cooking things like this in the oven, but I'd use a really low temperature, maybe 325F and start checking after about 3 hours. Hope that helps!

  4. I originally found this recipe on the Facebook page Low Carb Zen, and absolutely loved it. It was a 'put-this-in-the-monthly-rotation' hit with my family. Thanks for posting!

  5. Harmony, so glad you enjoyed it. I've had this on my "take new photos" list for ages now as well! Glad you have been enjoying the blog!

  6. I've had this recipe bookmarked for ages and finally got it on my menu for this week. My husband and I both LOVED it. Such delicious flavor. I used smoked paprika and a flat iron steak (my fave for low and slow cooking) and actually cooked it in my dutch oven instead of the crock pot. It turned out perfect.

    I regularly scope your recipes for healthy whole-food meal ideas and I'm never disappointed!

  7. I don't calculate nutritional information, but if you look at the top under FAQ there is a link for Calorie Count, a site where you can enter the recipe and it will calculate it for you.

  8. Do you know the nutrition facts on this dish? Specifically carbs and calories?

  9. Katherine, so glad you're enjoying the recipes.

  10. The pot roast was delicious last night! In the future, I don't think I'll make the gravy. I didn't really think it was needed. The vegetable sauce was delicious! That will save me a few calories! : ) I am going to serve the leftovers with pasta tonight. Thank you! P.S. I have been making quite a few of your recipes this winter with great success!

  11. Katherine, hope you enjoy and I'm always happy when the recipes appeal to people who aren't following South Beach. That is totally my goal!

  12. I am making this pot roast tonight. The house smells wonderful. I had a big jar of roasted red peppers from Costco to use up and this recipe is perfect. I also love paprika! I am not on South Beach diet but this is wonderful comfort food for a cold winter day here in Michigan. Thanks for sharing! P.S. I am making it in the oven.

  13. Stacey, glad you enjoyed it, and good luck on Phase one. I've lost count of the number of times I've gone back to it!

  14. This was quite delicious! Very happy to have discovered your blog as I've just embarked (again) on Phase 1 and was in need of some interesting new flavor combinations to keep me on track. Many thanks, and I look forward to trying more of your recipes.

  15. Lady2223, I'm assuming you mean low in a slow cooker for 8 hours? I think that should be fine.

  16. If I cook this on low heat, how long will it take to be ready? I wanted to extend the cooking time to 8 hours so it can ocok while I am at work, will it be ok?

  17. Caryn, comments like that make me smile!

  18. Still my go to Pot Roast. The only one my hubby ever wants me to make! I just shared it with two co-workers who smelled my left overs heating up:)

  19. Personally, I don't think browning with a grill would work as well.

  20. Hey, I tried this last time, it was absolutely amazing, however i might've cooked it too long. I couldn't remove the meat without it falling apart. But it was still good!!! Was wondering – Instead of browning meat with pan in the beginning, would it work if I use a grill to brown meat instead? Any suggestions?