Slow Cooker Pepper Steak

Vegetable rich pepper steak is a hearty Asian-inspired favorite that can easily be prepared in a slow cooker.  These “fix it and forget it” appliances are great for busy people or to leave on while you are at work so you can come home to a hot meal.  Cooking pepper steak in a slow cooker gives great results and is a breeze to prepare.

Ingredients

Pepper steak is a simple dish so you don’t need fancy ingredients for stellar results.  To make it all you need is about two pounds of beef, beef broth, onions, bell peppers, and depending on which seasonings you prefer ginger, red pepper, soy sauce, and brown sugar.  You can add sweet and/or spicy to you pepper steak but also elect to keep it more of a pepper-infused flavor by just going with the vegetables.

Pepper steak

Quantities

While the amount of ingredients that go into pepper steak can vary due to the amount of flavor you are looking for try these quantities to establish a basic guideline.  Start with 1 ½ to 2 pounds of boneless round top steak or two pounds of beef sirloin cut into 2-inch strips, two cups of beef broth, one teaspoon of minced garlic, 1 yellow onion sliced into rings, and two bell peppers (red, green, or both), cut into strips.  For additional seasonings base your measurements off of a quarter teaspoon of ground ginger, a quarter teaspoon of red pepper flakes, three tablespoons of soy sauce (reduced-sodium is a good choice), two tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce, and one teaspoon of light brown sugar.  Remember all of these seasonings can be altered to your preference

Preparation

If you are planning on letting your pepper steak cook on its own accord in a slow cooker you can easily do much of the preparation the day or night before it goes into the cooker.  The peppers and onions can be cut ahead of time and the beef can be marinating in your preference of seasonings.  It is also a good idea to quickly sear the beef to brown it before putting it in the cooker.  Once more this is a step that can be done in advance.  If you like you can even put the browned beef back into the marinade and seasonings to really soak up some flavor.

Cooking

When you are ready to start cooking your pepper steak transfer everything except the bell peppers into a slow cooker.  Cover and cook on low for five to six hours then add the bell peppers and cook an hour longer.  If you prefer your peppers more tender you can add them in earlier in order to cook then longer.  If the sauce is thinner than you would like simply mix together one tablespoon of cornstarch and one half cup of cold water and gradually stir this into the slow cooker then recover and cook on high for 20-30 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.  Serve the pepper steak over rice or chow mein noodles for a delicious Asian-style dinner.

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