Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

One of our family favorite meals is Swiss Steak. It’s quick and easy to prepare, and tastes great. You can use a less expensive cut of meat, and the long cooking time will make it tender.

Swiss Steak was one of the recipes in the cookbook that my mother made for me, when I got married. She typed up all our family recipes, and assembled them into a little book, that I still use. In the picture below, you can see the Swiss Steak page, spattered with grease. That’s how you can tell that it’s a favorite!

Swiss Steak recipe

These days, I prefer to make the Swiss Steak in a slow cooker, where it can cook all day, without heating up the house. I have adapted the recipe, and you can follow the recipe, with step by step instructions, below.

I usually make half the recipe, which is just right for two people, with a little left over for lunch the next day.

Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

  • 2 lb round or chuck steak, ½” to 1″ thick
  • ¼ c flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup red wine (optional)
  • 2 c. canned diced tomatoes
  1. Cut steak into serving pieces and dredge with combined flour and seasoning.
  2. Brown meat in 1 tbsp oil, in heavy frying pan, over medium-high heat, turning to brown each side (about 2 minutes per side).
  3. Put meat into slow cooker, in single layer, if possible.
  4. Reduce heat to medium, and in frying pan, add remaining 1 tbsp oil and onion.
  5. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions are lightly browned.
  6. Add onions to slow cooker, spreading evenly over the steak.
  7. If using wine, add to frying pan, and stir gently, to deglaze the pan.
  8. Add wine to slow cooker.
  9. Add tomatoes to slow cooker, over the meat and onions.
  10. Cover slow cooker, and cook on high for 3-5 hours, or on low for 8-10 hours.
  11. Adjust seasoning if necessary, and serve with rice or potatoes.

Makes 6 servings.

Step by Step Photo Directions

1. Cut steak into serving pieces and dredge with combined flour and seasoning

Swiss Steak dredge meat

2. Brown meat in 1 tbsp oil, in heavy frying pan, over medium-high heat, turning to brown each side (about 2 minutes per side).

Swiss Steak brown meat

3. Put meat into slow cooker, in single layer, if possible.

 Swiss Steak meat in slow cooker

4. Reduce heat to medium, and in frying pan, add remaining 1 tbsp oil and onion.

5. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions are lightly browned.

Swiss Steak brown onions

6. Add onions to slow cooker, spreading evenly over the steak.

Swiss Steak onions in slow cooker

7. If using wine, add to frying pan, and stir gently, to deglaze the pan.

Swiss Steak deglaze with wine

8. Add wine to slow cooker.

Swiss Steak wine in slow cooker

9. Add tomatoes to slow cooker, over the meat and onions.

Swiss Steak tomatoes in slow cooker

10. Cover slow cooker, and cook on high for 3-5 hours, or on low for 8-10 hours.

11. Adjust seasoning if necessary, and serve with rice or potatoes

Swiss Steak with potatoes

I like to add a bit of chopped fresh parsley to mine!

Swiss Steak with parsley 

Enjoy!

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