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Easy Slow Cooker Pepper Steak Recipe

Discover the ease and deliciousness of our crockpot pepper steak recipe. Let your slow cooker work its magic to create tender, flavorful steak with a medley of peppers and savory sauce.

Slow cooker pepper steak

Experience the mouthwatering flavors of our easy crock pot pepper steak recipe, where tender strips of steak mingle with colorful red and green bell peppers in a delectable sauce for a delicious dinner the whole family can enjoy. 

Our crockpot pepper steak recipe ensures your steak turns out tender and juicy every time. Slow cooking allows the flavors to meld, resulting in meat that practically melts in your mouth

With minimal prep time, this crockpot meal is perfect for busy weeknights or when you want to impress guests with minimal effort. 

This slow-cooker pepper steak pairs perfectly with a variety of sides, making it a versatile and satisfying meal. Serve it over fluffy white rice, buttery mashed potatoes, or even with steamed vegetables for a nutritious twist. 

Slow cooker pepper steak

How to Make Pepper Steak in the Crock Pot

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 pounds sirloin steak
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 small onion, halved and cut into thick slices
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water mixed together to act as a sauce thickener
Slow cooker pepper steak

Instructions

Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.

Cut the beef into thin strips against the grain and season it with a pinch of salt and black pepper.

Heat a heavy large skillet over medium-high  heat until the skillet is hot. Add the oil and then the steak. 

Sear the beef strips in batches until they are lightly browned on all sides. Transfer the seared beef to the crockpot.

Transfer the steak to the slow cooker liner.

Mix bouillon cube in hot water and deglaze the bottom of the skillet with the stock, scraping to remove any cooked on pieces.

Pour the liquid over the steak in the slow cooker.

Add red and green peppers, stewed tomatoes to the beef mixture.

Combine corn starch, water, garlic powder, soy sauce and vinegar in a small bowl. Pour over the steak.

Season with salt and black pepper, if desired.

Cover the slow cooker and cook crock pot pepper steak on high for 3 to 4 hours or low for 6 to 8 hours.

Store your leftover pepper steak in the fridge in an airtight container. 

Reheat your leftovers in the microwave or in a skillet

This is a great meal prep meal because you can freeze leftovers for up to three months if needed.

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What to Serve with Crock Pot Pepper Steak

Crockpot pepper steak pairs wonderfully with a variety of delicious side dishes, such as:

  • Serve the tender pepper steak over fluffy steamed white rice or instant pot brown rice to soak up the savory sauce and enhance the flavors. As an alternative, serve cauliflower rice. 
  • Creamy and buttery mashed potatoes make a comforting and satisfying accompaniment to the savory pepper steak.
  • Toss some buttery egg noodles with the pepper steak for a delightful fusion of flavors.
  • Warm, crusty bread is perfect for soaking up the savory juices of the pepper steak.
Slow cooker pepper steak

What Cut of Meat is Used for Pepper Steak?

There are several options for pepper steak and each will make a big difference in this easy recipe. To make pepper steak, you’ll want to use tender cuts of beef that cook well in a relatively short time. 

For best results, use thin-sliced beef strips, sirloin tip or even round steak, as they are a less expensive option with the same flavors.

Skirt steak or flank steak is another option as they are both tender and flavorful, holding up well with the marinade, but is on the pricey side. When it comes to choosing the best cuts of meat, stew meat or chuck steaks are not a good option. Although this particular cut of beef can be flavorful and affordable; its toughness does not make it worth buying.

Slow cooker pepper steak

Easy Crockpot Pepper Steak Recipe FAQ’s

What cut of meat is used for pepper steak?

Pepper steak typically uses tender meat such as sirloin, NY Strip, Ribeye or for a more indulgent option, filet mignon. 

Can you put raw steak in a slow cooker?

Yes, you can put raw steak in a slow cooker. Slow cookers are designed to cook raw meat, including steak, over a longer cooking time at low temperatures. Cooking raw steak in a slow cooker allows the meat to become tender and juicy as it slowly simmers in the flavorful liquid and absorbs the seasonings.

Do you cook steak before putting in slow cooker?

Yes, it’s generally recommended to cook steak before putting it in a slow cooker. 

Searing the steak before slow cooking helps seal in the natural juices and enhances the overall flavor of the meat.

Once the steak is pre-cooked, you can then transfer it to the slow cooker along with other ingredients, such as vegetables, seasonings, and sauces, to create a delicious and tender meal. Slow cooking will further tenderize the steak and infuse it with the flavors of the other ingredients for a satisfying and effortless dish. 

slow cooker pepper steak

recipe for crock-pot pepper steak

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours 4 seconds
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes 4 seconds
Discover the ease and deliciousness of our crockpot pepper steak recipe. Let your slow cooker work its magic to create tender, flavorful steak with a medley of peppers and savory sauce.

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 pounds sirloin steak
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 small onion, halved and cut into thick slices
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water mixed together to act as a sauce thickener

Instructions

    1. Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
    2. Season both sides of the steak with salt and black pepper as desired.
    3. Heat a heavy large skillet over medium heat until the skillet is hot. Add the oil and then the steak. Brown beef on both sides but do not cook through.
    4. Transfer the steak to the slow cooker liner.
    5. Mix bouillon cube in hot water and deglaze the bottom of the skillet with the stock, scraping to remove any cooked on pieces.
    6. Pour the liquid over the steak in the slow cooker.
    7. Add red and green peppers, stewed tomatoes to the beef mixture.
    8. Combine cornstarch, water, garlic powder, soy sauce and vinegar in a small bowl. Pour over the steak.
    9. Season with salt and black pepper, if desired.
    10. Cover the slow cooker and cook crock pot pepper steak on high for 3 to 4 hours or low for 6 to 8 hours.

Notes

What to Serve with this Easy Pepper Steak Recipe 

    • Mashed potatoes, roasted red potatoes, cauliflower rice
    • White rice or brown rice,
    • Egg noodles to make it even heartier
    • Vegetables like cauliflower or broccoli work as well 

What Cuts of Beef should I use to make Pepper Steak?

There are several options for pepper steak and each will make a big difference in this easy recipe.

For best results, use thin-sliced beef strips, sirloin tip or even round steak, as they are a less expensive option with the same flavors. 

Skirt steak or flank steak is another option as they are both tender and flavorful, holding up well with the marinade, but is on the pricey side.

When it comes to choosing the best cuts of meat, stew meat or chuck steaks are not a good option. Although this particular cut of beef can be flavorful and affordable; its toughness does not make it worth buying.

How to Store Leftover Pepper Steak

Store your leftover pepper steak in the fridge in an airtight container. 

Reheat your leftovers in the microwave or in a skillet. 

This is a great meal prep meal because you can freeze leftovers for up to three months if needed.

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Regina

Wednesday 13th of September 2023

How much hot water to the beef bouillon? For sirloin n pepper recipe.

momma lew

Wednesday 13th of September 2023

it is 1/4 cup

Terry

Thursday 20th of October 2022

The recipe says petite diced tomatoes, but instructions says stewed tomatoes. Which one is correct?

momma lew

Friday 21st of October 2022

hello! The post was updated - it's diced.

Diana Goins

Saturday 26th of February 2022

I bought medium round sirloin steaks do I cut them in slices before I brown them or brown them whole and put in slow cooker then after it's done cut them up?? Ty!

momma lew

Monday 28th of February 2022

I would brown them after slicing, I am not sure it will be so easy to cut if you brown it whole.

Jennifer Fulk

Thursday 7th of October 2021

I disagree with the chuck steaks comment. I always use chuck steaks for slow cooker pepper steak and they cook up more flavorful and tender than round imo because they have some fat. That being said , sirloin tip steak thin sliced was on sale so I will try using that. It's a round cut so I'll see how it turns out.

Nancy Horn

Thursday 26th of August 2021

This sounds delicious and I'm glad you talked about steak cuts. I never know what to get and flank steak is my usual go-to (but I only buy it on sale).

momma lew

Thursday 26th of August 2021

It can be really confusing!! Glad I could help!

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