•Turn on the crock pot to high. Set aside.
•In a large skillet, brown the lean ground beef in the olive oil.
•When the ground beef is just getting brown, add the onion. Cook until the onion gets soft.
•Now, add the chopped garlic and spices. Cook only about 30 seconds. Don’t burn it.
•Put the beef, onion, garlic and spices in the preheated slow cooker,
•Add all the canned ingredients. Stir gently to keep from breaking up the ingredients.
•When the ingredients begin to simmer, stir the goulash one last time and turn the slow cooker down to low. It can continue to cook on low for up to 6 hours.
•Serve it with optional sides of tortilla chips, cheese, sour cream, etc.