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Slow-Cooker Short-Rib Goulash

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  • Prep 45 min
  • Total 8 hr 45 min
  • Servings 8
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Meltingly tender meaty dishes like this one are made for cold nights. And while this would make a perfect Sunday supper, it’s actual possible any night of the week, thanks to your slow cooker! That’s right, this recipe truly benefits from cooking all day. Beef short-ribs are extremely flavorful, but to experience the full depth of their savoriness, you need time. Time, plus a prep technique we consider key to making the best possible slow-cooker meats: browning. Browning the short ribs, onions and garlic and deglazing the pan might sound cumbersome, but it’s actually quite efficient, since the deglazing leaves you with a clean pan, and more importantly, the whole process amounts to next-level flavor. Flavor so dynamite, we think this recipe is destined to become a part of your cold-weather dinner rotation!
Updated Dec 9, 2019
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  • 1/3 cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 bone-in beef short ribs (4 inches thick each), English cut (about 4 lb)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 2 cups Progresso™ beef flavored broth
  • 1/4 cup Muir Glen™ organic tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
Make With
Gold Medal Flour


  • 1
    Spray 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In shallow pan, stir together flour, salt and pepper. Coat all sides of short ribs in flour mixture. Reserve any remaining flour mixture.
  • 3
    In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add 4 short ribs; cook 5 to 7 minutes, turning occasionally, until browned. Transfer ribs to slow cooker. Repeat with remaining 4 short ribs.
  • 4
    Reduce heat to medium; add onions to same skillet with drippings. Cook and stir 3 to 4 minutes or until softened. Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute. Add paprika, smoked paprika, red pepper and remaining flour mixture; cook and stir 1 minute. Beat in broth and tomato paste with whisk. Heat to boiling, scraping any browned bits on bottom of skillet. Remove from heat; carefully pour broth mixture over short ribs in slow cooker.
  • 5
    Cover; cook on Low heat setting 8 to 10 hours or until ribs are fall-apart tender. Transfer short ribs to serving platter. Spoon off any fat from sauce in slow cooker. Stir sauce; pour over ribs, and garnish with parsley. Serve with sour cream and egg noodles, if desired.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Short ribs typically come in one of two forms, English cut or flanken. With the English cut, the ribs are cut parallel to the bone, with one bone per thick piece of short rib. They tend to hold their shape even after a long braise and make an impressive presentation. With the flanken cut, ribs are cut across the bone into 1/2-inch or so slices. Each piece has three to four short sections of bone with a generous portion of meat around them. The cooked ribs should fall off the bone in tender pieces. This recipe calls for English-cut short ribs. Look for ribs that are all about 3- to 4-inches thick. Ribs of different thicknesses will not cook in the same amount of time.
  • tip 2
    Beef short ribs contain lots of fat and connective tissue, which adds loads of beefy flavor and makes them ideal for this recipe. The extra-long cook time allows the connective tissue to break down and turn meltingly tender.
  • tip 3
    If you thought paprika was only for adding a sprinkle of color to the top of your potato salad or deviled eggs, think again—paprika has flavor. In fact, more than one. Sweet paprika has a mild red pepper flavor. Hot paprika adds some heat to that flavor and smoked paprika adds a smoky undertone.
  • tip 4
    Short ribs release a lot of fat during the long cooking process. After you remove the cooked ribs from the slow cooker, it’s easy to skim that fat off using a large spoon or ladle. To make this process extra easy, make the dish the day before, transfer ribs to a baking dish and sauce to a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, or up to 2 days. When ready to serve, the fat will have hardened and removing it will be a simple matter of skimming it off with a spoon. To reheat ribs, place meaty side down in a 5-quart Dutch oven with sauce; cover, and heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until warmed through—20 to 25 minutes.


240 Calories, 14g Total Fat, 17g Protein, 10g Total Carbohydrate, 2g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Rib and 3 Tablespoons Sauce
Calories from Fat
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Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
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0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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