Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

swiss steak

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  • Total: 8 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 8 hrs
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Swiss steak is actually not from Switzerland but instead is so named because of the tenderizing technique used called “swissing,” which means rolling or pounding. Once prepared this way, it is braised along with tomatoes as well as other seasonings and ingredients. This recipe for swiss steak is a classic combination that is cooked to perfection in the crock pot. The slow cooked steaks are full of flavor, with tomatoes, herbs, and vegetables, and a little beef broth and Worcestershire sauce. 

If you don’t want to pound (or swiss) the steak yourself, make sure to buy thinned round steak or chuck, or you can use a sliced lean chuck roast.

What You'll Need

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon Hungarian sweet paprika
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • 2 1/2  pounds beef round steak (cut into 6 serving-size pieces; pounded thin to tenderize)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil (or other neutral vegetable oil )
  • 1 large garlic clove (minced)
  • 2 ribs celery (thinly sliced)
  • 2 to 3 cups onion (thinly sliced)
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans tomatoes (or about 5 medium tomatoes peeled and sliced)
  • 1/2 cup beef broth

How to Make It

  1. Combine flour, thyme, paprika, salt, and pepper in a small, shallow bowl or pie plate.

  2. Brush the beef pieces with Worcestershire sauce and then dredge in the flour mixture.

  3. Heat a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil to the hot skillet, and then the coated steak pieces; sear for about 5 minutes on each side.

  4. Transfer steak to the slow cooker. Sprinkle the minced garlic and sliced celery over the steaks, then top it with the sliced onion and tomatoes.

  1. Pour beef stock into the hot skillet and use a spatula to loosen any brown bits. Let cook for a minute or two and then pour over steak.

  2. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours (on high for about 4 to 5 hours).

  3. Serve with mashed potatoes, noodles, or rice, alongside a tossed salad, green beans, or your family's favorite side vegetables.


  • Although these meat dishes are different from each other, there is sometimes confusion between the two. While Swiss steak is pieces of steak in a tomato sauce, Salisbury steak is actually similar to a hamburger, as it is made of ground beef shaped into a patty and covered with a brown gravy. Swiss steak is cooked in an oven or slow cooker, while Salisbury steak is prepared on the stovetop or under the broiler.

Recipe Variations

  • To create an even richer flavor, add a few tablespoons of red wine along with the beef broth when you're deglazing the skillet.
  •  If this recipe is a big hit in your house, why not try it with a few variations? It is delicious with mushrooms or made with a with a creamy sauce.


Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
541 Calories
18g Fat
31g Carbs
62g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)