thatmom’s swiss steak


It is still hot in Central Illinois with temps in the mid-nineties every day. Since one can’t eat at Dairy Queen every day, the crock pot is my best friend these days.  Fresh peppers and onions are everywhere so this is a great choice for using those in a main dish meal. You could also add a cubed fresh tomato for more flavor!


Thatmom’s Swiss Steak


3 lbs. steak (any kind will do because it will be tenderized in the cooking process) cut into serving sizes.

1 lbs. can tomato sauce

1 cup dark brown sugar

1 Tbs. paprika

2 Tbs. minced garlic or fresh if available

1 large yellow onion, cut into rings

1 large red pepper and 1 large green pepper, cut into strips

1 ½ cups flour

2 tsp. coarse salt

Several twists of fresh ground pepper

Olive oil (can use other kinds but let me just say half the flavor comes from using olive oil!)

Mix tomato sauce, brown sugar, and paprika together in bowl and set aside. Mix salt and fresh ground pepper with flour. Dredge each piece of meat with flour mixture and brown in skillet with olive oil. Place in crock pot and top with sliced onion, peppers, and garlic. Add leftover flour into skillet drippings and stir. Pour tomato mixture into skillet, whisking together to make a thick roux. Pour over meat in crock pot and cook on low for 5 hours. Serve with mashed potatoes, spooning some of the sauce over both meat and potatoes when serving. Would also be delicious with wide egg noodles.



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  1. says

    I said to David this morning I am soooooo tired of cooking for hot weather. I’m just going to make chili, soups, roasts, whatever even if it is 90 degrees outside. I’m so ready for real food (translate: fall and winter food)! LOL!

  2. says

    This looks delicious! I’ve never had Swiss Steak before but I am game for anything that can be made in the crock pot. How many people would you say it feeds?

  3. says

    Sallie, me, too! Can’t wait to do all the fall cooking/baking stuff! Unfortunately, weather in the 90’s predicted for days ahead!

  4. says

    Kelly, I would say probably 8 servings. Fed our family of 5, which includes 3 men, and there was enough left to send in Clay’s lunch the next day.

  5. says

    Karen – I went to Meijer this morning and bought a roast to make roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy for supper tonight. It is supposed to be 90 and humid today and I don’t even care if the oven is on for three hours!

    Counting down the days until we can use the fireplace again too! LOL!

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