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This easy crock pot Pepper Steak is a delicious combination of tender steak strips, fire-roasted tomatoes, and peppers cooked in an Asian-inspired sauce.
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Pepper Steak (Crockpot)

This easy crock pot Pepper Steak is a delicious combination of tender steak strips, fire-roasted tomatoes, and peppers cooked in an Asian-inspired sauce.
Author: Lisa Kerhin

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs beef sirloin cut into 2 inch strips
  • garlic powder to taste
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cube beef bouillon or 1/4 cup beef broth if using broth, omit water
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 14.5 ounce can fire-roasted tomatoes, do not drain
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 1 large green bell pepper sliced into strips (I tend to use whatever color peppers I have on hand)
  • 1 large red bell pepper sliced into strips

Instructions

  • Sprinkle strips of sirloin with garlic powder. Preheat a large skillet over high heat, heat the vegetable oil and brown the seasoned beef strips. Do not cook the beef, you just want to brown it fast, about a minute is all it takes if your oil is hot enough (it will sizzle when you place the meat in the pan). Do not crowd the beef in the pan, brown it in batches. Transfer to a crockpot.
  • Mix bouillon cube with hot water until dissolved. You can use beef broth in place of the bouillon cube and water. Mix the cornstarch in the broth until dissolved. Pour into the crockpot with meat.
  • In a small bowl, combine the tomatoes, red pepper flakes, soy sauce, and white sugar. Pour into the crockpot and stir to combine with the meat and bouillon mixture.
  • Cover, and cook on High for 3 to 4 hours or on Low for 6 to 8 hours. About an hour and a half before serving, add the peppers and onion to the crockpot. Adding them at this point will cook them and retain their crispness. I find that adding them at the beginning will overcook them and be mushy.
  • If you prefer a thicker sauce, add a mixture of 1 tablespoon water and 1 tablespoon cornstarch to the crockpot when adding the vegetables.
  • Serve over rice.

Notes

For convenience you can use the already cut stir-fry strips of sirloin beef. Flank steak or London broil can be used as well.