A few weeks ago I did some serious crock pot preparation with my Crock-Pot-A-Polooza that I stuck in the freezer for a rainy day. Since the weather seems to not want to head back towards winter, I decided that today was a good day for the first test. I started with the Goulash… and it was amazing. Yes, it looks a little like dog food… I can’t help that it’s not very visually pleasing. Trust me, the taste is worth it. The recipe below is for two bags (just split the ingredients evenly between the two before you freeze them). One bag made the perfect amount for Mike and I – if you have kids or a super hungry husband, you might want to make the whole thing at once. I stole this recipe with pride from Melissa Fallis’ blog!



1 green bell pepper, chopped

2 onions, chopped

4 carrots, chopped

4 cloves of garlic, chopped

3 pounds beef stew meat

12 ounces tomato paste

4 teaspoons paprika

1/2 teaspoon black pepper


Cook for 8 hours on low heat in a crock pot.

About 10 minutes prior to serving, add 1/4 cup (1/2 cup if you’re making the whole recipe) sour cream and stir well.

Serve over egg noodles.


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