Spicy Pepper Steak Recipe
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Spicy Pepper Steak Recipe

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"Sometimes I like to marinade the steak and seasonings the night before," writes LaDonna Reed of Ponca City, Oklahoma. This surprisingly spicy pepper steak is bursting with southwestern flair.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES:2 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1/2 pound beef top round steak, cut into thin strips
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 medium green pepper, julienned
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • Hot cooked noodles, optional

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups (prepared with reduced-sodium bouillon granules; calculated without noodles) equals 282 calories, 11 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 64 mg cholesterol, 1053 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 28 g protein.


  1. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, cook beef in oil until no longer pink; remove and keep warm. In the same skillet, saute green pepper and onion until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  2. Dissolve bouillon in hot water; stir into skillet with tomatoes. Return beef to the pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes or until meat is tender.
  3. Combine cornstarch and cold water; stir into meat mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with noodles if desired. Yield: 2 servings.
Originally published as Spicy Pepper Steak in Cooking for 2 Spring 2009, p45

Full-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed Feb. 9, 2009

"Amazingly simple dish to prepare and tastes AWESOME! The only change I made was to use only half a can of Rotel, still delivered quite a kick. Next time though I will cut back on the cornstarch, 2 TBLS was a bit much, very thick, I added some pasta water from the egg noodles. Over all it was an awesome dish, one I will definitely make again. Thank you LaDonna!"

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