Venison Goulash in the Slow Cooker

Venison goulash in the slow cooker – an easy stew with an Eastern European twist. Try it with lamb, beef or goat if you prefer. However, switching for lamb doubles the calories of the dish.

Dish of Slow Cooker Venison Goulash with Basil Garnish

Farmers’ Market

I had a happy, but expensive accident recently – I discovered that York has a superb little farmers’ market on the last Friday of the month. I’m not sure it’s a coincidence this is is just after payday for many people…

Collage of Venison Goulash with text Slow Cooker Venison Goulash 'Low Fat- Easy-Tasty'

As I’ve discussed before on my blog we like interesting meats like goat and venison – my husband is not a beef fan thanks to growing up in the BSE crisis, my son is anaemic and we get bored easily. So – I stocked up – diced venison for stewing, and goat mince. I’m still thinking about how to use the goat mince, ideas on a postcard please!

Having only recently cooked a stunning Venison Giouvetsi with Orzo, and needing an easy slow cooker meal to cook while we celebrated our friends’ wedding at the weekend, I decided to give a venison goulash a go. I can’t say this dish is authentic as I’m not Hungarian and it isn’t traditionally  made with Venison, but I did use Wikipedia to aim for a simple, old fashioned version of the dish. No cream or tomatoes, just straight forward meat, veg and smoked paprika.

Venison Goulash with Basil Garnish, Overhead Shot

The result was tasty and beautifully tender. I didn’t add any stock powders or similar to add salt, I simply left the slow cooker to do the work of bringing out the flavours. If you like your salt try adding a dash or two of soy sauce.

photos and text updated 19 August 2017

Venison Goulash in the Slow Cooker
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
8 hrs
Total Time
8 hrs 20 mins

An easy, flavoursome Eastern European style stew.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Hungarian
Servings: 6
Calories: 367 kcal
Author: Lizzie
  • 1 small bunch celery
  • 4 bell peppers
  • 3 large carrots
  • 1 kg 2lb 3oz charlotte potatoes
  • 900 g 2lb diced venison
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp each garlic granules
  • 2 tsp ground caraway
  1. Slice the celery- you may want to slice particularly wide bits lenghways first. Deseed the peppers and chop them into small chunks.

  2. Peel and dice the carrots and potatoes.
  3. Place all the prepared vegetables in the slow cooker and mix in the meat.
  4. Stir in the spices, 1 tin of tomatoes and enough freshly boiled water to make it up to 400ml.

  5. Cook for 8 hours on low.

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