Budget 6-Ingredient Swiss Steak Recipe Is Fall-Apart Tender by Donna John

Budget 6-Ingredient Swiss Steak Recipe Is Fall-Apart Tender

This easy Swiss steak is one of the first recipes I ever made when I got married and started adulting back in the late '80s. Nothing makes you feel as grown up as serving a really good meal to your husband and parents. Score.

This six-ingredient Swiss steak recipe could not be any easier to prep or cook (because the slow cooker does all the work!). Season round steak with salt and black pepper and put it into a slow cooker. Add fresh minced garlic, sliced onions, sliced green bell pepper, a can of stewed tomatoes with the juice and a cup of beef broth. Cover the slow cooker and let it do its thing for about seven to eight hours. When you open the lid, you will be rewarded with the most tender and flavorful dinner that didn't cost an arm and a leg to make. 

This budget slow-cooker Swiss steak recipe has stood the test of time. It's great served with mashed potatoes or rice. Don't forget a fresh vegetable to round out the dinner, or a fresh garden salad. 

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 to 8 hours
Total Time: 7 to 8 hours

Servings: 6


  • 1 1/2 - 2 pounds round steak, cut into individual pieces
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 2 green bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) stewed tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 1 cup beef broth

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Recipe Notes

  • You could use any cut of steak for this recipe, but inexpensive round steak cooks up tender and delicious for less money than other cuts.
  • You could use red, orange or yellow bell peppers instead of green.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Season the round steak with salt and pepper and put it into a slow cooker. 
  2. Add the remaining ingredients. 
  3. Cover and cook on low for about 7 to 8 hours.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 769

Total Fat: 33g

Saturated Fat: 12.3g

Cholesterol: 289mg

Sodium: 260mg

Total Carbohydrate: 7.5g

Dietary Fiber: 1.5g

Total Sugars: 3.9g

Protein: 104g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 41mg

Iron: 10mg

Potassium: 1610mg

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Donna John
This sure brought back some memories. Definitely making this ASAP.
Elisa Schmitz
Oh, my. So true about food and adulting, and this recipe brings back memories of those early adulting days for me, too. Thanks for sharing, Donna John !
Delicious recipe. 😋
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