My mother's recipe. Serve with potatoes, rice, or noodles.

Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr 30 mins
1 hr 45 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Stir flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper together in a bowl. Sprinkle pieces of steak with flour mixture and pound the flour mixture into the meat with a meat mallet or the edge of a sturdy plate.

  • Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook the floured beef in the hot oil until browned on both sides, about 15 minutes. Reduce heat to low, pour in water, cover skillet, and simmer beef until tender, about 1 hour. Add more water to the skillet if needed to prevent burning.

  • Mix diced tomatoes, green bell pepper, onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper in a bowl. Pour tomato mixture over beef, bring to a simmer, and cook until sauce has thickened, about 30 more minutes.

Nutrition Facts

262 calories; protein 28.6g; carbohydrates 7.2g; fat 12.2g; cholesterol 76.1mg; sodium 548.6mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
This recipe was delicious. I found that the first time i made it, there was not enough sauce for the noodles. So, the second time i doubled up on the tomatoes and spices - perfect!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
This recipe was delicious. I found that the first time i made it, there was not enough sauce for the noodles. So, the second time i doubled up on the tomatoes and spices - perfect!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I'm giving this recipe five stars because it taught me how to make delicious Swiss Steak, and the recipe is so easy to follow. I have NEVER had round steak that was so tender. Usually it's very tough. This was so tender that I honestly cut the meat with my fork. Unbelievable. Thank you for adding steps on how to use the mallet. I've used a mallet before, but didn't know how to use it properly. I tweaked the recipe just a little bit. I halved the recipe because only two were eating. I used a can of stewed tomatoes in place of regular tomatoes just because I think I had it that way before and I liked it. It was great! I also cut up a medium to small onion into bite size pieces (not chopped), and for good measure I tossed a little onion powder in as well. I also cut the pepper in bite size pieces (and used just a tiny bit more than the recipe called for). Like another reviewer wrote, I will double the sauce next time. My gosh this was good! I don't remember when I cooked a better meal. Seriously. I served it with mashed potatoes. SO, SO GOOD!! It will surely be a regular at our house. Try it - you'll like it. Thank you so much for sharing. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Very tasty and tender. Family loved it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was great and very much like my Mothers delicious creation but I dont think she used a recipe. She had to feed 10 of us so she was fairly creative with amounts and they varied. I served it with mashed potatoes and it too was delicious. A definite fave for a traditional fall dinner. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Instead of simmering the meat with water, I added the can of tomatoes and its juice (the recipe doesn’t say whether or not to drain the tomatoes) to infuse the tomato flavor into the steak. I can’t imagine swiss steak without onions, so I eliminated the onion powder and added freshly-sliced onion as well as a few green peas to give it some color. Served with mashed potatoes and green beans with mustard cream sauce and toasted almonds (recipe from this site). Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My 58 years old wife, after 35 years of marriage, turned to me 3 minutes into this meal & said, this is the first Swiss steak I've ever liked in my entire life! I think that says it all! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I tried this recipe in a pressure cooker and the meat was melt-in-your mouth. 30 Minutes in a stove-top 6 qt. pressure cooker. The sauce was a bit soupy but that happens in a pressure cooker and can easily be cooked down to a more sauce-like consistency by reducing under head after you take the lid off the pressure cooker. Very reminiscent of what my mother used to make. Great served with green beans and mashed potatoes, and a super way to use a cheaper cut of meat and have it taste like a million bucks. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
OK, I made this, it was as delicious as my Aunt Gloria makes. That’s saying something. As you see in my pictures I did add a few carrots & celery when it was simmering. I served fresh green beans on the side and mashed potatoes. The meat was soooo tender! Wonderful comforting meal. Thanks for the memories, I sure love & miss my Auntie!!! Yummy ?? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Followed receipt plus drained juice from tomatoes with water to simmer meat and a little beef broth I had on hand for added flavor. Added half an onion in chunks and left the peppers cuts bite size easier for someone to pick out if they don't like them. I had a handful of celery tops leftover so I threw them in too. Served with mash potatoes and fried cabbage. The crew devoured it up. I cook on barges for crews of 9 to 10 men. Read More