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Swiss Steak.

Old Fashioned Swiss Steak

  • Author: Cindy @mycountrytable
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: American


This delicious Swiss Steak is tenderized and slow cooked in the oven in a delicious tomatoey sauce. It’s great served over rice or mashed potatoes.


Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds beef round steak, no more than 1-inch thick
  • 4 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic from a jar
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Pour the flour onto a large plate. Using a fork, mix in the salt & pepper. Set aside.
  2. Cut the round steak into serving pieces. Dredge each piece of meat into the flour, using your finger tips to press it into the flour. Then place each piece on a cutting board. Using a meat mallet, pound the steak, until the steak is about 1/2 inch thick. Make sure to flip it over and pound each side. Keep pounding until the meat is more tender, adding more flour if the meat becomes sticky.
  3. Stop and preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Move the top oven rack down one notch, to ensure your dutch oven will fit without being too high. I place mine right above the bottom rack.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of the oil to a large dutch oven, (or a large oven proof skillet with a secure lid). Heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and green pepper to the skillet and cook for about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 additional minute. Using a slotted metal spoon or spatula, remove the onions, peppers, and garlic and transfer them to a small bowl while you brown the meat.
  5. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the dutch oven. Add the floured meat in batches to the dutch oven, over medium heat. Brown the meat on each side. Cover the meat with the onion/pepper mixture. Ad the tomatoes, water, sugar, and salt & pepper to taste. 
  6. Place the lid securely on the pot and place it in the preheated oven. Bake for 1 1/2 hours. Remove the meat and transfer to serving plates. Spoon the tomato mixture over the meat. 
  7. If you make mashed potatoes, pour some over them too. Mashed potatoes are excellent with this Swiss steak. 
  8. Refrigerate leftovers for up to 2 days.

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