Swiss Steak

Total Time:
1 hr 40 min
10 min
1 hr 30 min

4 servings

  • 1 round steak (approximately 1 1/2 pounds), see note
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 (14-1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion, cut into strips
  • 1 medium bell pepper, cut into strips

Cut steak into serving-size pieces. Season, to taste, with garlic powder and salt and pepper. Dust meat with flour. In heavy skillet, brown both sides of meat in vegetable oil. Transfer to Dutch oven. Combine garlic, tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, and 1 tomato-can measure of water. Pour over steak and simmer over low heat until meat is tender, about 1 1/2 hours adding water, if necessary to keep meat partially covered. Season, to taste, with additional salt and pepper. Hint: Cook this in a slow-cooker, according to manufacturers instructions, on low for a most fabulous dinner. Low heat on a slow cooker is about 200 degrees F and high heat on a slow cooker is about 300 degrees F.

Note: to ensure tenderness, it is necessary to have the butcher run the round steak through a cuber.

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    Totally tasty! Very good! I did add a can of 'Cream of Celery Soup' and a half cup more water with that besides the diced tomato can of water. Other than that, followed the recipe. I always use Cream of Celery soup...(my mother's recipe) and thought it sure couldn't hurt! Anyways, I will keep this and make it again...very, very good! ??
    mmm mmm! Just like Mammy used to make back on the plantation. Just kidding, Paula. Love you and your recipes.
    mmm mmm! Just like Mammy used to make back on the plantation. Just kidding, Paula. Love you and your recipes.
    thank you Mrs Paula Dean. Your Swiss Steak recipe is outstanding. Made for the wife she loved it, well so didn't I
    very good.
    I used cubed steak instead of round steak. My guys ate it up.
    Really like this easy recipe. I also used beef broth instead of water and added extra garlic and a few shakes of crushed red peppers. We prefer a little spice. Served with rice and crusty bread. Yum!
    This is a great recipe. A new family favorite. I've shared it on Facebook so more can enjoy it as much as my family did. Don't be afraid 2 add additional seasoning. I always put my own spin on recipes. Thanks Paula Deen.
    Very easy. My husband and I loved it! Yuuummmm!!!
    I saw this on Paual's show and am always looking for a new beef recipe as my husband is a big beef fan. I followed this recipe almost to a T, and it was very good. Only change I made was to use one can of beef broth instead of the water as many others have suggested. 
    I didn't use a slow cooker for it, just a dutch oven on the stove top and it came out perfectly. I did have the butcher run the meat through the cuber as the recipe suggested, and I think that really made the difference in the meat being tender. For only cooking for 1 1/2 hours on a stove top, I was afraid the meat would be like shoe leather but it was very tender. Served it over rice with roasted brocolli on the side. A good, quick and easy dinner-great addition to the recipe box.
    Very similar to the way my mom taught me to make it. Only difference is we use stewed tomatos. Always one of my favorites.
    Very easy to prepare. Kids, Grandma & hubby loved it. Will definitely make again!
    One of my favorite go to recipes. Easy and tasty!! The Family loves it!!
    Really nice recipe, taste just like my Moms. I added a little Worcestershire.
    Comfort food at it's best
    Tast and Super Easy to make
    Way too much liquid in this dish. Really didn't care for it at all. The meat was drowning in liquid. I would leave out the water next time. This is nothing like the swiss steak I grew up on.
    Great basic recipe. Using the suggestions of adding worcestershire sauce and beef broth instead of water, this recipe was elevated to at least four stars.
     I can see creating an Italian version using plum tomatoes and some Italian spices or a Mexican version using some fresh chilies instead of bell peppers with a little cumin and or chipolti peppers in adobo sauce.
     I'm such a fan of the smokey taste imparted by the chipolti/adobo blend that I will try them next time. However, I had no problem consuming the dish as prepared (above and look forward to lunch tomorrow via the left overs.
     I had my preparation with a baked potato using the sauce as a topping. YUM
    VERY tasty, as is everything I have ever made courtesy of Paula's recipes. I ate it until I couldn't eat anymore! :
    Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. So delicious, takes me back to my childhood. Another winner Paula, you're the best!!!
    i lovw this recipe so much i am a majoir meat lover exsppecially with swiss omg
    I made this with deer, and it was excellent.
    I used to have swiss steak when I was little. Thank you Paula , of course I had to tweek a little. I used Hunts fireroasted tomatoes. This added great flavor.
    My family loves this recipe. Instead of Swiss Steak, I use beef tips. And, in the place of one can of water, I use one can of beef broth (and add a bit of Worcestershire sauce. We serve it over rice with french bread.
    This is the best swiss steak recipe. It's easy to make and tastes great! My whole family loves it and my mom asked for the recipe.
    Very disappointed. Tasted bland, and the ratio of breading to liquid made this rubbery and uninviting. Really will not make again.
    I made this last night for dinner and I think I did something wrong. This was the first time I have ever attemted Swiss Steak and all the coating fell off while it was simmering. So when it was done there were pieces of the flour coating that had once been fried on, all over the bottom of the pan.
    Easy and tastes great!
    Easy and fast to make just put it in crook pot great meal after along day in the fields
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