Easy Swiss Steak

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Swiss Steak  is a perfect family dinner; it’s easy to make and can be cooked either in the oven or in the slow cooker. This dish has delicious tender beef in a rich tomato gravy and is perfect served over rice, noodles or mashed potatoes!

Swiss Steak is a perfect family dinner; it's easy to make and can be cooked either in the oven or in the slow cooker. This dish has delicious tender beef in a rich tomato gravy and is perfect served over rice, noodles or mashed potatoes!

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Swiss steak is one of those dishes I associate with comfort; I grew up eating this for dinner on Sunday evenings, and as I got older, it became one of those dishes I craved. These days it is a family favorite dinner option. We all love it for the incredible flavor, but also, as the grocery shopper for my family, I appreciate that an inexpensive cut of steak can become something so tender and delicious!

Swiss steak is often confused with Salisbury Steak, but there is a difference between the two. A Salisbury steak is made with ground beef and shaped into a patty while Swiss steak is actually steak! Salisbury Steak generally has a beef broth based gravy while Swiss steak has a tomato based gravy.

Swiss Steak is a perfect family dinner; it's easy to make and can be cooked either in the oven or in the slow cooker. This dish has delicious tender beef in a rich tomato gravy and is perfect served over rice, noodles or mashed potatoes!

I cook this Swiss steak recipe in a dutch oven, but don’t worry if you don’t have a dutch oven! You can cook it in a frying pan and then transfer it to a casserole dish for baking, or you can put it in a crock pot for 7 to 8 hours to have dinner done when you come home from work.

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When preparing your Swiss Steak, make sure you pound your steaks to tenderize them (I use a mallet style tenderizer). You can use round or chuck steaks, which are generally a tougher cut of meat, so the tenderizing process is important.

Swiss Steak is a perfect family dinner; it's easy to make and can be cooked either in the oven or in the slow cooker. This dish has delicious tender beef in a rich tomato gravy and is perfect served over rice, noodles or mashed potatoes!

Believe me when I say there is nothing quite as nice as having a hot dinner that is packed with comfort from a great steak flavor with all of that creamy gravy!

Swiss Steak

Swiss Steak  is a perfect family dinner; it’s easy to make and can be cooked either in the oven or in the slow cooker. This dish has delicious tender beef in a rich tomato gravy and is perfect served over rice, noodles or mashed potatoes!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs round steak
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or as needed)
  • 2 onions , chopped
  • 2 carrots , chopped
  • 1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 can (10 oz) beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (optional, see note below)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using a meat mallet, pound meat to 1/2″ thickness.
  3. Combine flour, paprika, garlic powder, pepper & salt to taste. Dredge meat in flour mixture.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat in a dutch oven. Brown steaks on each side (adding additional olive oil if needed). Set aside.
  5. Place onion & carrot in the bottom of the pot. Top with browned steaks.
  6. Add remaining ingredients except cornstarch. Cover and cook for 2.5-3 hours.
  7. Serve over mashed potatoes.

Notes:

If you’d prefer a thicker tomato gravy, after cooking remove beef from the pot. Combine cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water.

Bring liquid in the pot to a boil. Stir in cornstarch slurry and stir until thickened.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Serving Size:

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 419 Calories

(Nutriton information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Swiss Steak  is a perfect family dinner; it's easy to make and can be cooked either in the oven or in the slow cooker. This dish has delicious tender beef in a rich tomato gravy and is equally delicious over rice, noodles or mashed potatoes!
Swiss Steak  is a perfect family dinner; it's easy to make and can be cooked either in the oven or in the slow cooker. This dish has delicious tender beef in a rich tomato gravy and is equally delicious over rice, noodles or mashed potatoes!

Holly

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

60 comments on “Easy Swiss Steak”

  1. I made this last night and wow, what a hit! I didn’t realize that it had to go in the oven for 2-3 hours so I actually simmered this on the stove top for about 40 minutes and it was delicious. I doubled the meat because I have a large family but still kept the once can of diced tomatoes and one can of beef broth. I also added one tsp onion powder, one tsp garlic salt(I did not have garlic powder). Simply amazing dish! We had it over mashed potatoes, this recipe is a keeper

    • Yes, I was confused as well – Heat oven to 350… But you are cooking this on the stove top using a Dutch Oven. ??

  2. I would like to make this recipe, can you give instructions on how to make it in a crockpot. I have 3 little ones & it’s so much easier for me to make meals in a crockpot. Thank you.

    • To cook in the slow cooker, you will follow the recipe placing everything in the slow cooker in step 5. Cook on low for 7-8 hours. If you’d like to thicken the sauce, you can add the slurry directly to the slow cooker, cover and cook an additional 15 minutes or until thickened. Enjoy!

  3. Do you cut the steak into serving pieces when you put it in the Dutch oven OR do you cook the meat as one whole piece? Thanks.

  4. I lve in Westerville oh and been to all three major grocery store chains and they informed me that the don’t carry round steak like that anymore.

    • They don’t have whole round steak anymore because of it’s size but you can get bottom ound steak,eye of round or top round steaks anywhere…

  5. Love the recipes published through this link!

  6. Fantastic meal cooking for 86 year old wife by 91 year old worn out XPOW .

  7. I have made this recipe for years….one exception…when tenderizing the meat by pounding with meat mallet, I also flour it and then brown it…..yummy!

    Rating: 5
    • Yep… that’s the way my mom did it too. I haven’t made this since the 70’s…. wonderful tasty memories, now I’m going to have to make ASAP !!

  8. Could you use cubed steak for this crock pot recipe ??

  9. I am going to make tonight…sounds amazing!! Thanks…very much

  10. I want to make this tonight but there is just 2 of us and I bought only 1 pound and it’s pre pounded down to1/2 in. 

  11. Can I use top sirloin steak? What about adding 1/2 cup red wine to it? 

  12. I love that you posted this! Our family makes this and no one ever knows what it is! However, somehow our recipe was changed to just use ketchup! I actually do not really like ketchup, but in this meal it takes the gravy flavor to a whole new level! 

  13. We have a big family and I have a husband that loves good ole potatoes and meat meals. He wanted this for dinner and bam this is just we had. We doubled the amounts and now have leftovers for another night. I am looking forward to trying the Salsbury Steak recipe next. Thanks, Holly!!

  14. I don’t have corn starch can i substitute it with flour?

  15. This was quick and easy, my family over it.

  16. You can use a thin chuck roast if no round steak. I don’t chop carrots (my desire) but if large, then quarter) I also throw the quartered potatoes right into the crock pot with the carrots & the rest. Comes out great. If there happens to be more meat left, then shred it and cook in skillet– add hot sauce (to your preference or more broth or diced tomatoes (Mex style) ) and keep cooking until desired consistency to make yourself some burritos. Many compliments. Been doing this for many years with many compliments. Enjoy

    Rating: 5
  17. I would like to give a quick backstory. I live in Alaska and was fortunate enough to take my first moose this year. When I picked up my meat from the processor I saw that there were round steaks among the other cuts of meat. I decided to use moose in this recipe in place of beef and just let me say WOW. It was delicious! My gf’s mom had bad memories of Swiss steak from her childhood and I was able to change her mind. I would recommend checking the meat and adding a little bit of beef broth throughout the cooking process to ensure it does not get dry in the Dutch oven. Excellent recipe and will definitely make again. 

    Rating: 5
  18. This has been a family favorite as long as I can remember and I am seventy years old.  If we were lucky enough to have left-overs, Mom would cut the steak up into smaller pieces and mix everything with cooked macaroni so we had at least one more meal as goulash.  She would add more tomatoes, tmatoe juice, or tomato sauce if the dish needed more sauce.  Great recipe!

    Rating: 5
  19. This is difinently not the traditional swiss steak recipe I remember growing up. No green bell pepper. The carrots, Worcestershire, beef broth and garlic resemble a pot roast recipe. Only thing missing is the potatoes. Since I haven’t actually tried it yet, I give the benefit of the doubt and give it 5 stars.

    Rating: 5
  20. I made this with Moose Steak and it is the BEST!!!

    Rating: 5
  21. I am making this today in the crockpot for dinner tonight. I am really looking forward to it also. I like the idea of no bell peppers…they cause heartburn for boyfriend. And we both like carrots..so it’s a win win for us.

  22. This looks great I had to put in smoked paprika in as that was all I had and added a regular chopped tomatoes and sml chilli . I am hopeing I don’t ruin it will let you know tonight. Thank you

    Rating: 5
  23. This was really really tender and delicious..my did not look as tomatoey as the picture..and I can’t really figure out why. Followed recipe to the T. We both enjoyed it..he actually said it was one of his favorites. I think the flour part may be why it wasn’t a red with tomatoes..it was like a veew stew..with chunks of tomatoes. Any ideas?

    • So glad your family loved it! I can’t say for sure, but maybe the canned tomatoes you used were in smaller pieces than the ones I used.

  24. Just wondering what kind of paprika everyone uses, regular or smokey? And does it make a difference in the flavor?

  25. I’m not sure if I used to much flour when dredging the steak. I just took it out of the oven it seems kind of doughy. Going to try scraping it off and mixing it with the sauce, hopefully this works to thicken it instead of adding cornstarch. Other than that it smells amazing and hopefully my boyfriend likes it.

  26. Oh my heavens this was a delicious meal. I put it oven at 250 for 4 1/2 hours since I had to be away from the house all afternoon. The steak just fell apart and the flavor was fantastic! 

    Rating: 5
  27. Made this tonight and it was delicious! Will definitely make again. I thickened the sauce and served this over mashed potatoes. Yummy!

  28. Hi.        Recipe looks awesome.  Have it in crock pot      Right now       My husband can’t wait for it to cookThank you

    Rating: 4
  29. Can this be done in the instant pot?

  30. Made this for dinner, it was very easy, I added bell pepper to mine as I didn’t have much onion. I served it over rice, it was really good and my husband liked it also. I will definitely make it again.

    Rating: 5
  31. I have made this for years, Love it,, I use Round steak and make it in my electric fry pan.. ONE Pan for the whole works..

    Rating: 5
  32. I made this and loved it. I didnt have diced tomatoes so I used 2 14oz cans of stewed tomatoe came out great. Served with mashed potatoes baked with parmesan cheese on top. Winner Dinner

  33. Can I use a 13×9 pan and cover with foil?

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