This crock pot swiss steak recipe combines seared round steak with perfectly cooked veggies and a rich hearty tomato sauce. All of that deliciousness gets slow-cooked until it's melt-in-your-mouth tender. Just a handful of steps are all you need to follow to make it, and your slow cooker does all of the heavy lifting.
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The Best Crock Pot Swiss Steak
If you've never tried making steak in your slow cooker, then get ready to have your mind blown because you're going to love this crock pot swiss steak recipe!
Cooking the round steaks low and slow makes them turn out incredibly tender. Then, when you pair them with a blend of seasonings, perfectly cooked vegetables, beef broth, and tomato sauce, you've got yourself a meal fit for a king/queen!
Plus, as I alluded to earlier, this recipe is super easy to make. In fact, it's so quick and easy to whip up you'll have plenty of time to make these cheesy mashed potatoes or this Outback mac and cheese to go with it!
Why You'll Love This Recipe
The perfect busy weeknight meal. You can put everything in your crock pot in the morning, and dinner will practically be done by the time you get home!
A winning combination. From the juicy round steak to the tender veggies and rich sauce, every part of this dish is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Minimal prep time. All you have to do is sear the steaks, then layer everything in your slow cooker and turn it on. All in all, that's only 15 minutes of prep time!
- Round steak- I used top round steak, but bottom round steak works too.
- Carrots- my favorite tender veggie to pair with the meat.
- Onion and garlic cloves- for a savory element.
- Flour- for the best sauce texture.
- Olive oil- vegetable oil works too.
- Beef broth- for the base of the sauce.
- Tomato sauce- to give the sauce a delicious flavor,
- Salt and pepper
- Bay leaves
- Smoked paprika- for a slight spice.
How To Make Crock Pot Swiss Steak
1. Prepare: In a shallow dish, mix together the flour, salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. Then, pound the steaks until they're ¼ inch in thickness and coat each steak with the flour mixture.
2. Sear: Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and brown the steak on both sides - about 2 minutes per side.
3. Combine ingredients: Add the sliced carrots, onion, garlic, and steak to the bottom of a slow cooker. Top with the beef broth, tomato sauce, and bay leaves.
4. Cook: Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours - until the steaks are super tender.
5. Serve: When the steaks and veggies are tender, remove them from the slow cooker. Serve warm with mashed potatoes, green beans, or any side you prefer. Enjoy!
My Pro Tips To Make The Best Recipe
- Add ingredients to the sauce, like Worcestershire sauce, cream of mushroom soup, or stewed tomatoes for added flavor.
- Use different veggies, like sliced green bell peppers, diced tomatoes, or chopped potatoes.
- Swiss steak may also be labeled "cubed steak," so keep an eye out for that when you go to the store.
- Don't skip pan searing the steaks. It adds a ton of extra flavor!
- Thicken the sauce by combining cornstarch with two tablespoons of cold water, then add it to the sauce in the slow cooker and heat on low heat until it thickens.
How I Recommend Storing and Reheating Leftovers
In the fridge: Store your leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-5 days.
In the freezer: Allow your leftovers to cool completely, then transfer them to an airtight container or freezer-safe bag and freeze them for up to 3 months.
Reheating: My favorite way to reheat is to put the steak in a skillet with the sauce and heat it on low heat until the steaks are fully warmed through. To reheat several steaks at once, your best bet is to put them in a baking dish with the gravy and heat at 325°F for 10-15 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the difference between swiss steak and salisbury steak?
A Salisbury steak is made from ground beef that's been formed into a steak-shaped patty and cooked in brown gravy. Swiss steak is actually a cut of steak and it's typically cooked with tomatoes and veggies.
What cut of meat is swiss steak made from?
Swiss steak is made from either the bottom, top, or eye of round, then pounded thin and tenderized before being braised - or slow cooked - until tender.
Can you put raw steak in a slow cooker?
Yes! Slow cooking steak is a great way to make sure your steaks are cooked to your desired level of doneness while still being juicy and tender.
More Slow Cooker Recipes
- Crock pot cubed steak
- Crock pot frozen turkey breast
- Crock pot BBQ pork chops
- Crock pot baked beans
- Crock pot chicken parmesan
- Crock pot chicken and gravy
- Crock pot sirloin tip roast
- 1 ½ pounds round steak, cut into 6 steaks
- 2 carrots, sliced
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves
- ¼ cup flour
- 2 tbsps. olive oil
- 2 cups beef broth
- 2 cans of tomato sauce
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp. smoked paprika
- Put the flour with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika in a shallow dish. Mix to combine.
- Pound steaks with meat tenderize to ¼ inch thickness. Coat each steak in the flour mixture.
- Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and brown steak on both sides, about 2 minutes per side.
- Add the sliced carrots, onion, garlic, and steak to the bottom of a slow cooker.
- Top with the beef broth, tomato sauce, and bay leaves. Cover and cook on low for about 6 hours, or 4 hours on high, until the steaks are very tender.
- Serve warm with the mashed potatoes and the gravy-sauce from cooking on top, and enjoy.
Serving Size:1 steak
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 331Total Fat: 11.8gSaturated Fat: 4.3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 1130mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 3gSugar: 8.5gProtein: 38.9g