Slow Cooker Swiss Steak is pretty serious comfort food. And when I was growing up it was something my Mom would make on a regular basis. he only difference is that my mom's swiss steak was made on the stove top and I make my Old fashioned Swiss Steak recipe in the slow cooker because I can dump and go!
That way I come home to a delicious hot meal at the end of a workday, that I didn't even have to slave over. Plus, it's Weight Watchers friendly! This Crock Pot Swiss Steak recipe is a flavorful meal that makes a great Sunday dinner but it also perfect for a busy weeknight!
💭What is Swiss Steak?
Swiss steak is called such not because it's from Switzerland, but because it's swissed, which is a process of tenderizing the meat by rolling or pounding it prior to cooking. In the UK and in some parts of the United States it's is also called smothered steak. However, because of the slow cooking process, “swissing” the meat is not even necessary in this recipe. The slow cooker even does that for you!
This Slow Cooker Swiss Steak with tomatoes (smothered steak) is the ultimate comfort food and a true dump and go recipe, with very little prep time (no precooking required)! That's the beauty of the slow cooker - it does all the heavy lifting for you. And this Slow Cooker Swiss Steak is no exception. Not to mention, you only need a few ingredients, including:
- round steak
- canned diced tomatoes
- canned mushrooms
- green pepper
You'll need a 6 quart slow cooker (affiliate link).
🍲 Should you buy an Instant Pot?
I LOVE small appliances and if I had the room I'd buy them all! But the slow cooker has got to be my absolute fave small appliance because, as I said, it does the work for me. When the Instant pot became a huge trend, I'll admit I was nearly seduced into getting one; like sooo close! But then I read this article and it changed my mind: Is the Instant Pot Worth the Hype?
Since the Instant Pot really only cooks the recipe in about HALF the time, it really wasn't worth it for me. When I make something in my slow cooker I'm not generally sitting around waiting for it to cook; I'm using it because I'm going to work, out for the day or busy doing other things. So to buy another appliance that does the same job, but in half the time (making my meal in 4 hours instead of 8) doesn't make sense to me. And I've never felt a need to buy a pressure cooker anyway, so why would I get yet another small appliance that I don't have room to store? As far as I'm concerned, the slow cooker is still king!
📖Variations & Substitutions
- Steak - you can use round steak, blade steak or cube steak
- Bell peppers - you can use red, yellow or orange bell peppers instead of green bell pepper
- Spicy - add ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or serve or Chipotle Mashed Potatoes
Store leftover swiss steak in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Leftovers freeze well for up to 3 months in a sealed container.
👪 Serving Size
This crockpot swiss steak recipe makes 6 servings. However, you can half, double or triple the recipe by clicking on the blue serving number and selecting the number of servings you'd like. The ingredient quantities will automatically adjust.
🥗 Side Dishes
Swiss steak goes well with rice and mashed potatoes. To spice things up a little, try it with my Chipotle Mashed Potatoes (shown below)
- mixed vegetables
- Green beans and Mushrooms
- cauliflower rice
This Swiss Steak crock pot recipe requires no pre-cooking and is the ultimate comfort food and dump and go recipe! I love this recipe because it’s not only easy and there's very few ingredients and the crockpot does ALL the work! It's also economical because you use a tougher cut of meat that's less expensive (round steak).
So, if you are looking for dump and go hearty meals, give this Slow Cooker Smothered Swiss Steak a try and come home from a busy day to a delicious hot meal!
Did you LOVE this swiss steak? IF so, please leave a 5 star rating and comment below!
📋 Slow Cooker Swiss Steak Recipe
- 3.5 lbs round steak *about 6 steaks
- 28 oz -can of diced tomatoes
- 1 ½ teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 diced onion
- 1 cup fresh white mushrooms * or can substitute 10 oz canned mushrooms
- 1 whole green pepper, chopped
- 2 tablespoon cornstarch
- Spray inside of slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Add steak to bottom of slow cooker.
- Add diced tomatoes, garlic, chopped onion, green pepper and mushrooms
- Cook for 6-8 hours on low or until meat is tender.
- When done, if you want the sauce thicker, add 1-2 tsp’s of cornstarch and cook for 20 minutes on high.
- Serve over rice (I use brown minute rice), cauliflower rice or mashed potatoes.