Slow Cooker Pork Paprikash

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This easy Crockpot Pork Paprikash made with pork tenderloin, tons of spices, and sour cream is lightened up comfort food at its best.

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Paprikash is a traditional Hungarian meal usually made with pork shoulder and lots of full fat sour cream. It's called "paprikash" because of its ample use of the paprika spice, which is frequently used in many Hungarian dishes. The meat is simmered for a long, long time, until it falls apart basically (which makes it a great dish to do in the slow cooker) in a thick sauce.

Because this is Slender Kitchen and we like our meals on the healthier side, I lightened this dish up by swapping the pork shoulder for a much leaner pork tenderloin cut and also swapped out full-fat sour cream for a lower fat version. The rest stays the same.

If you prefer to make a chicken paprikash, this recipe would work just as well using chicken breasts or thighs.

Crockpot paprikash with pork on a fork being lifted up by a hand.

How do you make Pork Paprikash in the Slow Cooker?

When I say this dish is easy, I mean it! This can be completed in 4 easy steps!

First, season your pork with salt and pepper. Second, add the pork to the slow cooker and top with the veggies and herbs. Third, make a sauce with paprika, caraway, Worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar, chicken broth, and tomato paste and pour over pork. Fourth, cook for 8 hours on low, shred and mix in sour cream.

If this dish doesn't scream delicious, lazy slow cooker dish,  I don't know what does.

Side Dish Ideas

If you're thinking cozy and comforting foods, then this Roasted Delicata Squash would make just about the most comforting, delicious, and nutritious side dish.

Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes round out this paprikash recipe quite well and are also a great side to serve if you are doing the low-carb thing.

Saute up a side of Zucchini with Garlic right after you shred your pork and mix in the sour cream.

A side salad works great with just about every meal and is so easy to put together. Any lettuce or green works as a base and top with your favorite veggies. No dressing? Make a simple one by sprinkling (or spraying if you have one) olive oil, a dash of balsamic, salt and pepper over your greens.

What is the difference between goulash and paprikash?

Both super fun words to say, both delicious dishes, but they are not the same dish.

Goulash is another Hungarian dish but it's more of a stew and is made with beef or veal and veggies. It also features paprika as its star spice nowadays, although it wasn't traditionally flavored with that spice until around the 16th century.

Paprikash, as we discussed is a Hungarian dish that looks like goulash but doesn't typically contain vegetables like potatoes, which are heavily featured in a lot of goulash dishes.

Slow cooker paprikash with pork, tomatoes, peppers, and sour cream in a bowl.

What does paprikash taste like?

Slow Cooker Pork Paprikash tastes peppery (thanks to the paprika) and a tad sour (thanks to the sour cream). It smells quite fragrant and has a lovely savory flavor I think you'll enjoy completely.

Have I convinced you to try this delicious dish? Put this on your meal plan for Sunday — I think you'll find this is one comfort food recipe you'll come back to again and again.

Is this a low carb recipe?

If you are on a low carb diet such as Paleo or Keto, I suggest instead of serving this dish over rice or the more traditional egg noodles, that you serve it on a bed of cauliflower rice or spaghetti squash.

The Recipe
Slow cooker pork paprikash in a bowl with tomatoes and sour cream in a bowl.

Slow Cooker Pork Paprikash

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COOK TIME: 8 Hours
TOTAL TIME: 8 Hours, 10 Min
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  • 2.5 lbs lean pork tenderloin
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground caraway
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp. fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream

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Season the pork with salt and pepper.


Add the pork to the slow cooker with the onions, peppers, garlic, and thyme.


Whisk together the paprika, caraway, Worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar, chicken broth, and tomato paste. Pour over pork.


Cook on low for 8 hours. When ready to serve, shred the pork with 2 forks and mix in the sour cream.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 2/3 cup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 201
Calories from Fat 44
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 97mg
Sodium 176mg
Total Carbohydrate 6g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 3g
Protein 31g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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