Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

Today I’m going back to my slow cooker to cook a delicious meal without spending hours in the kitchen. If you’ve never heard of swiss steak, it is a recipe that has been around for decades.  Swiss steak is made by braising, or slow-cooking a tougher cut of meat like round steak. The meat is traditionally tenderized by pounding with a mallet before slow cooking.  My mother always used cubed steak which does not need pounding. My recipe calls for cubed steak, but pounded round steak is great too.   First we’ll brown the meat and then add it to the crock pot with sauteed vegetables to simmer and make a mouth-watering tomato sauce.  You can adjust the vegetables to meet your family’s needs.





It’s perfect for a busy day.  Spend about 20 minutes preparing the ingredients, put in the slow cooker, and let it cook.  In the evening enjoy a filling meal of Swiss Steak in tomato sauce with vegetables.  It is perfect over rice, pasta, or even mashed potatoes.  It goes great with a side of green beans or other green vegetables.




Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

Swiss Steak  is a perfect family dinner; it’s easy to make and can be cooked 4in the slow cooker. This dish has delicious tender beef in a rich tomato gravy and is perfect served over rice, noodles or mashed potatoes!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword crock pot, easy meal, slow cooker, slow cooker Swiss steak, Swiss Steak
Servings 6


  • 2 lb cubed steak or round steak pounded with mallet
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp  Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 1 seeded and chopped bell pepper
  • 10 oz beef broth
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp ground thyme
  • 2 tsp ground oregano


  • put flour in a bowl and mix with paprika, salt, and pepper
  • put steak in bowl and dredge both sides of meat with flour mixture
  • put left over flour to the side
  • brown steak in olive oil in large pan over medium high heat
  • do in batches just browning meat not cooking it
  • transfer meat to slow cooker
  • sprinkle left over flour mixture over meat
  • saute onions. carrots, garlic, and pepper in same pan with more oil if needed for about 2 minutes
  • transfer vegetables to slow cooker
  • deglaze pan with beef broth and scrape any browned bits from pan
  • pour over meat in slow cooker
  • add remaining ingredients and stir
  • add lid and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours until meat is falling apart
  • serve over pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes














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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

24 thoughts to “Slow Cooker Swiss Steak”

  1. Hello,

    I have heard of Swiss Steak but never tried making. Using the crock pot/slow cooker is very easy and delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe! Take care, enjoy your day! Wishing you a happy new week!

  2. This is so funny, I remember my mom making this but I never did! (Of course crockpots were unheard of when she made it). I cant even imagine why I never made this thrifty and filling and delicious dish for my family. But I think I will for the two of us !

  3. Nice recipe Carol. It has all the right ingredients. We used to do a very similar this regularly but it rather went out of favour but I’m not sure why. We must try it again now.

  4. Haven’t had Swiss Steak in years.
    I will be turning 71 next month, so it’s nice to see these older recipes brought back to the present
    I remember as a young newly wed (51 years ago) that I would make 2 large hamburgers from 1lb. of meat (hamburger steaks or large hamburgers) and made a sauce somewhat like this and served with homemade steak fries.

    1. I’m a year older than you and I had a mother who was a good cook. I agree food goes in and out of fashion like everything else. We should enjoy the foods we like whether new or old but let’s face it, the old brings back good memories. Your hamburger steak sounds delicious. I’m ready to come over and share it with you. Have a great Wednesday!

  5. It has been a long time since I made a Swiss Steak. The crock pot idea is a winner!
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