Gluten Free Slow Cooker Hungarian Goulash with Quinoa

Gluten Free Slow Cooker Hungarian Goulash with Quinoa  from This Mama Cooks! On a Diet -

I cannot believe we’re moving to Athens, Georgia in less than two weeks! We’re trying to cut down on the amount of stuff to pack, so the kids and I are in the process of consuming all the foodstuffs we can. That’s why I discovered one last package of venison in the freezer. Surprisingly it was stew meat, which was perfect to make Crock-Pot Hungarian Goulash from Heather of Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks blog for this month’s Secret Recipe Club assignment!

Yes, another slow cooker recipe for the Secret Recipe Club post. This is the third in a row after last month’s Healthy Slow Cooker Hoppin’ John and March’s Healthy Slow Cooker Pumpkin and Bean Chili. Hope you don’t mind, but when you have a small kitchen like I do in my temporary Boulder apartment, a slow cooker comes in handy!

I only made a few changes to Heather’s recipe. To make it gluten free, I used starch instead of flour and served it on quinoa instead of egg noodles. I also used coconut palm sugar instead of brown sugar, sea salt instead of regular table salt, and smoked paprika instead of regular paprika. Feel free to use whatever substitutes you wish depending on your food sensitivities and what you have on hand.

Gluten Free Slow Cooker Hungarian Goulash with Quinoa  from This Mama Cooks! On a Diet -

Gluten Free Slow Cooker Hungarian Goulash with Quinoa


  • 2 pounds lean stew meat (beef or venison), cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon corn or rice starch
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa


  1. Place the meat in a 5 quart slow cooker and cover with the sliced onion.
  2. Combine the garlic, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, coconut palm sugar, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and dry mustard. Stir in the water and mix well. Then pour mixture over the meat in the slow cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. If mixture gets dry, add more water (1/2 cup at a time).
  4. Just before serving, remove a couple of tablespoons of liquid from the slow cooker and put into a small bowl. Add corn or rice starch and stir until dissolved. Pour starch mixture into the slow cooker and stir until goulash thickens.
  5. Spoon goulash over quinoa and serve.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 6 Hours
Total Time: 6 Hours 15 Minutes
Servings: Serves 6
  • Calories: 412
  • Calories from Fat: 46
  • Total Fat: 5.1g
  • Saturated fat: 5g
  • Unsaturated fat: .1g
  • Sodium: 681mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 46.7g
  • Sugar: 8.5g
  • Fiber: 4.5g
  • Protein: 41.7g

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16 thoughts on “Gluten Free Slow Cooker Hungarian Goulash with Quinoa

  1. Sarah

    I enjoy cooking with you in SRC, and your pics are inspiring me to dust off my slow cooker. I am also in the process of moving, so I totally hear you about trying to clean out the cupboards. Hope you are having a great weekend, and I really enjoyed being assigned to your blog this month!

  2. Dan

    That looks delicious.

    I just bought a new slow cooker (the other one was very small). I guess I’ll need to take another look at your recipe index!

  3. Betsy

    Yum! This would be great on a rainy day! Good luck with your move!

    be sure to check out May is avocado and asparagus month! link to We’d love if you’d link up any recipes you may have!

    1. Anne-Marie Nichols Post author

      Yes, I’m still using the old POINTS system. I know I should switch, and probably will when I start going back to WW meetings…sigh. Thanks for stopping by Denise!

  4. Hezzi-D

    Glad it worked out for you and you were able to make it gluten free! Good info for me as well as I have a nephew who is gluten free and now I can make it for him too!


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