Slow Cooker Swiss Steak Recipe
Swiss steak is a great mix of an affordable cut of meat and plenty of vegetables. Cooking low and slow in your crock pot results in tender meat and lots of flavor. This is also a great make ahead dish that only gets better after a night in the fridge. This recipe is designed for a 5 quart slow cooker and is easily adjustable for different sizes. Add or subtract veggie options depending on your taste or for picky eaters. Like chili, this is a recipe you can experiment with and make your own. Enjoy!
2 pounds top round steak, 1/4 inch thinly sliced if available
3 medium potatoes or around 1.5 pounds other varieties
1 medium yellow onion, sliced
2 cups carrots, large dice or use baby carrots
1 cup fresh sliced mushrooms or 1 4 to 8oz jar (optional)
1 cup celery, sliced (optional)
1 can Italian style or seasoned diced tomatoes
1 jar beef gravy (I use 2 jars for my 7 qt slow cooker and plenty)
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (optional)
Herbs. Add whatever you like. If not familiar with herbs, start with a sprinkle of dried thyme or rosemary to add flavor.
Salt and pepper for seasoning.
- If thinly sliced steak is not available, flatten to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut steak into roughly 3×3 inch pieces. Season with salt and pepper.
- Place vegetables in slow cooker along with the tomatoes and gravy.
- Add a good pinch of salt and pepper, plus whatever herbs you’d like, to the slow cooker.
- In a skillet, quickly brown each side of the beef with a bit of canola oil. You want to give it a little extra flavor, but not cook through. Place in slow cooker.
- Cook on slow for 6 hours or until vegetables are cooked through.
Serve plain or on top of thick egg noodles with some crusty bread. Swiss steak makes for a hearty meal on cold nights. Play around with the recipe and make it into your your creation with different veggies, herbs, or thicker gravy. That’s what makes cooking fun. Enjoy!