Amazing Crockpot Swiss Steak features tender round steak smothered in a thick roasted tomato, onion, Portabella mushroom, and bell pepper sauce.
Amazing Crockpot Swiss Steak
- 2-3 lbs round steak
- 2 15 oz. cans fire-roasted tomatoes
- 1 medium onion sliced
- 1 sweet bell pepper sliced
- ¼ cup flour
- 2 Tbs beef flavoring
- 8-10 oz. Portabella mushrooms sliced
- Cut the round steak into quarters.
- Drizzle some olive oil into a skillet and brown the round steak quarters. Then place them in the crockpot.
- Into a large bowl, empty the cans of tomatoes. Whisk into the tomatoes the flour and beef flavoring. Pour it over the steaks in the crockpot.
- Top everything in the crockpot with the sliced onion, bell pepper, and Portabella mushrooms.
- Cook on low setting for 4-6 hours.
- Serve Amazing Crockpot Swiss Steak over mashed potatoes or with a crusty homemade artisan bread.
The secret to tender round steak is cooking it slowly in a crockpot. Round steak is a cut of beef with very little fat. It needs help being tender and flavorful. This makes it the perfect cut of meat to season the way you like and top with a rich sauce.
Did you know Swiss Steak is not a dish from Switzerland? Swiss Steak is not named after the country. The process of tenderizing a cut of meat by pounding or cutting is called swissing. And since round steak is usually tenderized in some fashion before being sold, it is the basis for Swiss Steak. So by taking a heavy mug to my chicken breasts in my Chicken Parmesan Over Angel Hair Pasta recipe, technically, I swissed them.
Different Kinds of Swiss Steak
This recipe is a traditional version of Swiss Steak because it has the tomato-based sauce. Other ways to make Swiss Steak are to either leave the tomatoes out and just make a beef, mushroom, and onion gravy or to add a creamy beef mushroom sauce. All are wonderful ways of enjoying Swiss Steak. I grew up on the tomato version of Swiss Steak and I think it’s my favorite.
We’re getting into calving season here at our little acreage. That means some long nights and days when I’m bone-tired. A good, hearty crockpot meal is a wonderful way to end a busy day of hard work helping the next generation of our small herd enter the world. Crockpot meals are also very convenient this time of year because when a cow needs help calving, I don’t have to worry about dinner. It’s ready and waiting for when we’re ready to enjoy it.