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Homestyle Swiss Steak (Slow Cooker or Oven)

This homestyle swiss steak is tender and comforting straight from the slow cooker or oven. A family favorite! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 336kcal
Author Rachel Ballard


  • 1 1 1/2 pound round steak tenderized by the butcher
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 14 1/2 ounce can diced tomatoes with the juice
  • 14 ounces water about 1 3/4 cups
  • 1 medium yellow onion cut in to 1/2" strips or rings
  • 1 medium bell pepper cut into 1/2" strips


  • Cut your steak into 4-inch wide strips. Mix the garlic powder, salt and pepper together in a small bowl and sprinkle evenly over both sides of the meat.
  • Dust the meat with the flour evenly over both sides. Shake off any excess and set the meat aside. 
  • Heat a skillet over medium-high and add the oil. Heat until just shimmering and add the meat in a single layer. It should sizzle immediately. Cook on one side until golden brown--about 4 minutes, then turn and cook 4 minutes or so on the other side. 
  • Turn off the skillet and transfer the meat to your slow cooker. If you used your dutch oven to sear the meat, just add the ingredients in with the meat. 
  • To the meat, add the crushed garlic, tomatoes, water, onions and peppers. Stir to combine, cover and cook on low 6 hours or until the meat is very tender and almost falling apart. 
  • If cooking in the oven, bake at 350 for about 2 hours (check it after one hour and add more tomato juice if it's cooking down too much) or cook until the meat is very tender. 
  • Serve warm with green beans and mashed potatoes. 


Calories: 336kcal