Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Slow Cooker Swiss Steak is fork-tender, tasty, and perfect for mashed potatoes! Prepare this using the crockpot for something rich, flavorful and easy for dinner!

I like that this dish is meaty, and it is never dry. It is tender and the gravy is flavorful, too! If you like beefy dishes like this, you can also try my recipes for Guinness Beef Stew, Beef Tips and Gravy, and Creamy Beef and Shells!

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Crockpot Swiss Steak Recipe

Slow Cooker Swiss Steak is perfect for the family! Even picky kids love this dish! And as a home-cook, it is always a plus if a dish impresses them. As a family, we all love this because it is tasty.

I love how we can use tough cuts of meat for this recipe and still get fork-tender results! Tough cuts are generally cheaper. So, if a recipe makes them as if they were cooked at a restaurant, then, it is a winner in my book!

It is best to allot hours for this one. But, don’t worry because using the crockpot is hassle-free. You can start preparing it in the morning and check just in time for dinner. The only challenge is the waiting game! It will smell so good and irresistible as it cooks!

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What is Swiss Steak?

Swiss Steak is a classic beef dish wherein the beef is prepared by “swissing” it. Simply put, you pound on it to make it thinner. This step ensures that the meat will be tenderized well.

It also has a gravy. Some versions have tomatoes in the sauce. But, for this recipe, the gravy has the cream of mushroom soup as the base.

This classic dish has been around since the 1930s. It became even more popular in the 1940s when an aluminum foil manufacturer used it to promote the use of their product.

Surely, this dish is a favorite among many families then and now. It is delicious, easy to prepare, and hearty, that’s why!

image of steak and veggies in the slow cooker

What’s the difference between Swiss steak and Salisbury steak?

Both dishes have gravy and are equally delicious. The big difference is how the meat is incorporated.

Ground meat shaped into a patty is what you have in a Salisbury steak. While for this recipe of the Swiss steak, the meat is a solid piece of beef.

How to Make Slow Cooker Swiss Steak

  • Prepare the flour mixture: Combine the flour with the rest of the spices.
  • Coat: Coat the meat with the flour mixture.
  • Brown: Heat butter in a skillet and brown the meat.
  • Cook: Transfer the meat into the crockpot. Then, add in the vegetables. Add in the liquid ingredients. Set it to cook for 8 to 9 hours on LOW.
  • Serve: Garnish with parsley, then, serve with your favorite side dishes.

image of crockpot Swiss steak with gravy and mashed potatoes

Best sides to serve with Slow Cooker Swiss Steak:

You can serve it with noodles, mashed potatoes, or rice. Or, serve it with these dishes:

How to Store it:

  • Refrigerate: Put it in an airtight container once it has cooled already. Consume within 3 to 4 days. You can simply reheat it in the oven.
  • Freeze: Use a freezer bag to store it and it will stay good for 3 months in the freezer. Thaw overnight before reheating.

photo of slow cooker Swiss steak with mashed potatoes

Recipe Tips:

  • Aside from using round steaks, you can also use chuck steaks.
  • While using canned cream of mushroom soup is convenient, you can also make it from scratch. Follow this homemade cream of mushroom soup recipe.
  • Use a meat mallet to thin out the beef cuts.
  • Make sure to brown the beef! Do not skip this step as it adds a deeper flavor.

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5 from 6 reviews
Slow Cooker Swiss Steak
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes Total time: 8 hrs 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup  all-purpose flour 
  • 1 teaspoon  pepper 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt 
  • 1 teaspoon  garlic powder 
  • 1 teaspoon  onion powder 
  • 6  steaks  (medium-thin, round steaks are great)
  • 2 tablespoons  butter 
  • 1 cup  mushrooms  (sliced)
  • 1  medium onion  (thinly sliced)
  • 1  celery rib  (chopped into ½ inch chunks)
  • 1 can  10-3/4 ounces condensed cream of mushroom soup  (undiluted)
  • 1 cup  beef broth 

Instructions

  1. In a large shallow bowl, combine flour with black pepper, salt, onion powder, and garlic powder.
  2. Pat dry the steak with paper towels and dredge steaks in the flour mixture.
  3. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the butter. Once melted, brown the steak on each side.
  4. Transfer steaks to a 6-qt. slow cooker. Add the sliced onion, mushrooms, and celery.
  5. Mix the condensed soup with the beef broth until combined and pour over the steaks.
  6. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours or on high for 5-6 hours, or until the meat is fork-tender.
  7. Serve with mash potatoes and top with the formed gravy. Garnish with parsley.
Calories: 604 Carbohydrates: 17 Protein: 50 Fat: 38 Saturated Fat: 16 Cholesterol: 140 Sodium: 771 Potassium: 812 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 1 Vitamin A: 231 Vitamin C: 2 Calcium: 44 Iron: 6
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Brianne

This is so perfect for my family! We're a family of five, so being able to cook something without spending a lot of time in the kitchen is super important to me.

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Tara Pittman

Slow cooker recipes are always great for busy days. My husband would enjoy this one as he likes steak

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Jamie

That sounds amazing!! Pinning this to try soon. YUM!

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Fatima Torres

I love how juicy the meat turns out when you slow cook it. I bet it's nice and tender, too! Gotta try this for the hubby.

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Celebrate Woman Today

Easy peasy how you do it, Catalina! I love the veggies in the recipe, so delish!

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Heather

I've been making a ton of slow cooker recipes lately. I'm going to add this one to my list!

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Monica Simpson

I have been looking for another crock pot recipe to add to the rotation. This one looks perfect! My kids love steak so I know they will love this.

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Lisa Joy Thompson

This looks delicious! I've never made swiss steak at home before. I need to branch out and try cooking with different cuts of meat and using recipes like this for the tougher cuts.

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Toni

This looks like a great weeknight meal! Yummy!

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Lisa Favre

I think my husband would love this recipe! We hardly get a chance to use our slow cooker so this is definitely a recipe I have to try.

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Ranesha

Omg this sounds good on a cold gloomy day like today. Hearty and tasty I can't wait to try it

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Natalie

This looks absolutely delicious. Meat look so flavorful and tender. I must make this for my family.

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Jenn

This recipe is totally making my mouth water! I love slow cooker recipes. So easy to make.

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Krystel | Frugal Living

I've never cooked steak before but this might be the recipe to start for sure. Looks mouthwatering

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Rhonda

How do you book this on the stovetop, please?

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