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Slow Cooker Slumgullion (Goulash)

Slumgullion in a bowl, with a spoon, on a yellow napkin, garnished with fresh parsley.

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5 from 2 reviews

Slow Cooker Slumgullion is a dump-and-go crock pot recipe, made with a handful of simple ingredients. Slumgullion, or Goulash, is flavorful comfort food that your whole family will thank you for! 

Ingredients

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  • 1.5 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 large green bell pepper - diced
  • 1/2 large onion - diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 - 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes (with juices)
  • 2 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups dry elbow macaroni noodles
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Add the ground turkey, diced green bell pepper, diced onion, canned tomatoes, beef broth, tomato paste, paprika, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to your slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours.
  3. Stir in the dry macaroni noodles during the last 30 minutes of cooking time.  Cover and continue cooking until the noodles are soft.
  4. When the noodles are fully cooked, stir the Slumgullion well to incorporate all the ingredients.
  5. Top the pasta mixture with shredded cheddar cheese. Cover and continue cooking just long enough for the cheese to melt, about 5 minutes. 
  6. Dish into serving bowls, serve warm, and enjoy!  

Notes

  • 6/1/24 update: While you can cook the goulash for up to 8 hours on low, I think the best flavor and texture is achieved after just 6 hours on low.
  • Save yourself some time in the morning by chopping your bell pepper and onion in advance.
  • Resist the urge to open the slow cooker during cooking time. Opening the lid allows steam and heat to escape, increasing the time it takes for the dish to cook.
  • Wait to add the pasta until 30 minutes before the end of the cooking time. Adding the pasta too soon could cause it to overcook and become mushy. 
  • The nutrition information shown below is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator.  It should not be considered a substitute for professional medical advice. 

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