Pepper Steak Slow Cooker Recipe

Pepper Steak Slow Cooker Recipe

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We’ve been playing with our slow cooker lately. Maybe it’s the onset of cooler weather and Fall, but we just cannot get enough of slowly cooked stews and soups. This slow cooker recipe has become one of our favorites. The flavors are simple – steak, bell peppers, onion and tomato in a sweet and savory sauce made some soy sauce, beef broth and honey.

Pepper Steak Slow Cooker RecipeThe tomatoes we used are actually from Progresso. You may have noticed one of their new products showing up in your grocery store – their new Recipe Starters. Progresso paid us to develop a bunch of slow cooker recipes for them, sent the products and let us play a bit. This recipe uses the Fire Roasted Tomato Flavor. If you can’t find it, feel free to use a can of diced tomatoes, fire roasted diced tomatoes or one of the cans with tomatoes and chiles. They will all work wonderfully.

Slow Cooker Recipe: Making Our Pepper Steak Recipe is Easy

It really is easy. Cut up onions, peppers and some steak. Give the steak a really quick sear in a pan. Then, throw everything into the slow cooker, turn on and walk away until done.

We sear the steak first for a whole bunch of extra flavor.

See how the steak is browned around the edges – that’s flavor! The recipe would be great without doing this, but the extra ten minutes of steak searing adds so much more flavor, we think it’s completely worth it.

Pepper Steak Slow Cooker Recipe

Once the steak is caramelized, browned and happy we add it along with lots of peppers (we went for brightly colored orange peppers, but any color will work), onions, garlic, tomato, soy sauce and some honey.

Pepper Steak Slow Cooker Recipe

Then, since after searing the steak, the pot we used had a bunch of brown bits stuck to the bottom, we pour in some beef broth and deglaze the pan – that just means we use the broth and a spoon to scrap the bottom of the pot, lifting all the brown bits. Then, we add the broth with all the extra flavor to the slow cooker.

Once the slow cooker gets going the aroma is incredible!

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This slow cooker recipe has become one of our favorites. The flavors are simple - steak, bell peppers, onion and tomato in a sweet and savory sauce made some soy sauce, beef broth and honey.
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  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 (2 1/2 pound) beef sirloin, cut into strips
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 (18 oz) can Progresso Fire Roasted Tomato Recipe Starter Cooking Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season beef with salt then add to pan and cook 4 to 6 minutes until browned.
  2. Transfer beef to a 3 1/2- to 6-quart slow cooker.
  3. Add beef broth to hot skillet then whisk in cornstarch. Pour over beef.
  4. Scatter onions, peppers and garlic over beef then add Fire Roasted Tomato Recipe Starter, soy sauce and the honey.
  5. Cover slow cooker then cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours or until beef is tender.
  6. Serve beef, onions and peppers with cooked rice.

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8 comments… Leave a Comment
  • louise nelson March 30, 2015, 9:52 am

    I make many of your dinners for gifts and include your web site on the gift tag. It is a great site.

    I cannot find the Progresso tomato recipe starter needed to make steak and pepper crock pot dinner. I have checked five stores in my area. Progresso stated they have discontinued the tomato one but not the others! Can you make a list of substitutes for the Progresso recipe starter? I make two of your dinners each week and would like to add this one to the monthly menu.

    Thanks for all your time and effort spent on your site.

    • Joanne March 30, 2015, 11:39 am

      Hi Louise, So sorry the tomato recipe starter has been so hard to find. Try substituting with your favorite tomato soup.

  • Zillah January 24, 2014, 1:34 am

    I am really enjoying your web-site. The quality of the sound, pictures and beautifully simple but tasty recipes makes it a winner in my books.

    As I’m Australian it would be great to have the ingredient quantities in metric measures along with your imperial measurements.

    Thank you

    • Joanne January 24, 2014, 9:37 am

      HI there, On more recent recipes we have started to provide grams when appropriate as well as American measurements like cups. Thanks!

  • Julia | October 19, 2012, 4:06 pm

    I love my slow cooker! This recipe looks delicious. Would love to try it.

    • Joanne October 24, 2012, 10:35 am

      Thank you, we hope you enjoy!

  • Katie October 19, 2012, 7:00 am

    This sounds fantastic! I just received samples of the new Progresso Recipe Starters so I think I know what I’ll be making using my can of tomato sauce! I’m always looking for delicious crock pot meals!

    • Joanne October 19, 2012, 8:36 am

      Great! Perfect timing 🙂


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