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There are times when the simplest dishes make the best meals and this Old Fashioned Goulash definitely fits that description. This is my “go to” lazy Sunday afternoon dish for a cool fall or winter day. Before I get to the recipe I want to take a moment to discuss what to look for when buying a slow cooker.
3 Things to Consider when Buying a Slow Cooker
First off, you need a good Slow Cooker. The options for this are endless so this are 3 things you need to consider when buying a slow cooker. ( I own 6 of them…does that make me an expert?)
- Size – The standard size slow cooker is 4 quarts but for many soups and stews this is too small. This size is great for side dishes and small ham but really does not work for soup. For soups and stews, like this Old Fashioned Goulash, I recommend at least a 6 quart slow cooker.
- Name Brand – Honestly, you get what you pay for with a slow cooker. I personally stick with either the Crock Pot or Hamilton Beach brands for my slow cookers. Why? This is an item that I am leaving on when leaving my home and I want to know it is safe! There are other popular brands that are safe but these are the brands that seem to have lasted longer.
- Digital or Manual – I have had both. I prefer the digital slow cookers because you can set the time you need a dish to cook and it will switch to the “keep warm” setting. There are also slow cookers that will allow you to program for what time to start cooking but I have never had one like that.
Here are a few of my favorite choices:
Now that you have your slow cooker, it is time to get cooking!
Slow Cooker Old Fashioned Goulash
The great thing about any Old Fashioned Goulash recipe is that you can make it what you want it to be. Do you like mushrooms? Then add some! Or add some diced carrots to sneak in a vegetable! Want it to take more Tex-Mex? Then take out the Italian Seasoning and put in some Taco Seasonings! The sky is the limit!
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