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Slow-Cooked Pepper Steak Recipe

Slow-Cooked Pepper Steak Recipe

After a long day working in our greenhouse raising bedding plants, I enjoy coming in to this hearty beef dish for supper. It's one of my favorite meals. — Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours YIELD:6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds beef top round steak
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges or 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 large green pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • Hot cooked noodles or rice


  • 1. Cut beef into 3-in. x 1-in. strips. In a large skillet, brown beef in oil. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Combine the onion, soy sauce, garlic, sugar, salt, ginger and pepper; pour over beef. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until meat is tender. Add tomatoes and green pepper; cook on low 1 hour longer or until vegetables are tender.
  • 2. Combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; gradually stir into slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 20-30 minutes until thickened. Serve with noodles or rice.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled beef mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a covered saucepan, gently stirring and adding a little broth or water if necessary. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without noodles) equals 176 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 48 mg cholesterol, 639 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 21 g protein.

Reviews for Slow-Cooked Pepper Steak

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Reviewed Mar. 28, 2016

"Incredible dish and so easy to make! I used top sirloin steak but didn't change another thing! Will be a keeper in our household!"

Reviewed Sep. 21, 2015

"I make this regularly. Serve over rice and with wheat rolls and corn. Only change I make is using tomato sauce instead of diced because of the picky eaters in my house."

Reviewed Jan. 23, 2015

"I have this on a regular basis....I make it exactly the way the recipe says and it always turns out perfectly. I serve mine over hot fluffy rice. My husband and son love it, and the leftovers (if any) are really good. Great dish!"

Reviewed Aug. 9, 2014

"My husband doesn't like green pepper so I used both red and yellow, my family loved it!"

Reviewed Aug. 3, 2014

"This Is wonderful! I used a round roast, as that is what I had in hand, and the canned diced tomatoes. It turned out so good, and I will make this again. Served mine with buttered noodles. Yummy!"

Reviewed Jul. 28, 2014

"Great flavors blended in,,, my husband (who is wonderful, but picky when it comes to food) loved it,,, used a red and yellow pepper~ brown sugar to make the tomatoes less tart~served with buttered noodles, and applesauce~good deal!"

Reviewed May. 24, 2014 Edited Apr. 24, 2016

"If you are looking for a good and easy slow cooker recipe this one is for you. I tried this out in 1994 when it was first published in Taste of Home. I've been a fan of it ever since then. The soy sauce gives it a great taste. I don't like ginger so I leave it out. I also use diced tomatoes since they are available and flavorful anytime of the year."

Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014

"I thought this was a very nice and easy recipe. Taste was great; I will certainly make this again."

Reviewed Mar. 4, 2014

"I did not care for the taste. I have made other recipes for this same thing and they are much better. This also needs more liquid."

Reviewed Mar. 4, 2014

"Made this pepper steak and it was wonderful! Followed the recipe exactly except I used stew meat instead of round steak. It worked perfectly and might a less expensive option. Served this over basmati rice. My husband said this recipe is definitely a keeper. It tasted somewhat like swiss steak. Great recipe!"

Reviewed Mar. 1, 2014

"Been looking for recipes instead of grilling all the time while in Florida for the winter (to hot to use oven). This is so easy to put together....delicious in everyway....a keeper."

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2014

"I have gotten lazy in the last few years and now cook only what is quick and easy.I love slow cookers and this looks quite easy so will give it a try."

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2014

"This recipe was very easy to put together. My family really liked it and next time I may try chicken instead of beef. I did serve it with extra soy sauce for more flavor."

Reviewed Feb. 5, 2014

"I learned how to make Pepper Steak from a Chinese friend. Never put tomatoes in it, or tomato sauce. She always put fresh ginger in the marinade and left it in when she cooked it. It was so good. We always serve it with rice."

Reviewed Jul. 2, 2013

"Good -- I followed the recipe, except that I added the tomatoes and peppers at the beginning, and cooked everything for 8-1/2 hours, then thickened the sauce on my stove top. It turned out well, will make this again."

Reviewed Jun. 23, 2013

"add 1 can beef broth also and drained tomatoes"

Reviewed Jun. 4, 2013

"Delicious sauce. Did not thicken with corn starch, and it was perfect over noodles.

Added 14 oz can of diced tomatoes and few slices of peppers on top of onion mixture and slow cooked on high 4 hours. Then added thick red and green pepper strips and tomato wedges on top and cooked another hour.
Fantastic meal."

Reviewed Mar. 6, 2013

"OMGoodness, this is excellent!!"

Reviewed Mar. 2, 2012

"This is a family favorite! It used to be one of our "special" meals, but now my young son loves it and requests it often. I usually double the ingredients for the marinade, and it helps it to remain moist."

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2012

"Very good, will make again."

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2012

"This is a favorite of my family and friends. Tried and true!"

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"So good! Even my picky-eater kids loved it. Didn't have time for slow-cooker, so made on stove top and used stew meat. Still excellent! We like it with rice."

Reviewed Sep. 2, 2011

"This recipe is a family favorite my mom and Dad request it all the time they cant get enough. the only thing I do different is add a can of tomato sauce.great recipe thanks for sharing."

Reviewed Aug. 9, 2011

"I have this in my cookbook. Excellent."

Reviewed Jun. 23, 2011

"This smelled so good while it was cooking, but we found the flavor to be just average."

Reviewed Apr. 9, 2011

"Another goodie from the 1996 Collector's Edition and a family fav for years!!"

Reviewed Apr. 7, 2011

"Yum! better with rice than egg noodles!"

Reviewed Mar. 9, 2011

"Tried this for my brother who remembered my mom made this when we were growing up. IT WAS ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS. He and I plus three of our friends were all raving about how good it was. WILL DEFINITELY MAKE AGAIN!!!"

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"This is the best recipe ever. My son is a very picky eater and he loves this. We put it over mashed potatoes and add veggies. It's quick and fast."

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"I omitted the salt since soy sauce is salty. I also added one can of beef broth to make it less dry. Stewed tomatoes work well too. Other than that, its perfect! I have this written in my keeper cookbook and have made it many times over the years. Love it!!"

Reviewed Jan. 28, 2011

"Delicious. My family loved it. It is different than most slow-cooker meals. Just what I was looking for. I have made it twice so far and will make it again this week."

Reviewed Aug. 24, 2010

"Simple to make, delicious tasting, LOVED IT!"

Reviewed Jul. 14, 2010

"Family loved it."

Reviewed Jul. 3, 2010

"Really good, and very easy to make."

Reviewed Sep. 19, 2009

"Loved this. Cheap and flavorful. Fam loved it. Great left overs too. Even better the next day."

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2009

"I have used this recipe for years. Its always a crowd pleaser. It is an easy recipe to add your own touch to."

Reviewed Oct. 20, 2008

"This recipe always gets raves when I serve it. Without fail, people ask me to share this recipe. Thanks to Sue Gronholz who submitted this one several years ago."

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.