Crockpot Swiss Steak Recipe

This crockpot Swiss steak recipe is a tender beef main dish with a uniquely delicious taste and wonderful oomph thanks to the choice in seasonings.

Crockpot Swiss Steak

My Mama’s sister, Aunt Kathy told her about this tender crockpot Swiss steak recipe that just melts in your mouth. It’s a recipe that’s actually been around for decades. Hers is cooked in a Dutch oven, which I love to use. But I tend to use my slow cooker as often as possible as opposed to firing up the big oven. 

It’s a wonderful supper idea if you’re looking for something new to try. We will be having this again. In fact, I think this will be our Sunday dinner this week along with sweet and sour green beans. I mean, what’s not to love when all you have to do is throw the ingredients in the slow cooker, and in a few hours you have a family-friendly meal. The tender and juicy beef and onions are cooked in the most delicious tomato sauce and seasoned with garlic powder, paprika, and oregano. 

I’ve included serving suggestions below, but I love to serve my slow cooker Swiss steak with rice and roasted vegetables.

Ingredients for Crockpot Swiss Steak.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Cubed steak
  • Can of tomatoes (sliced, diced tomatoes, stewed, crushed tomatoes, whatever you want)
  • Tomato sauce
  • Onion
  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika (I am using smoked paprika but just use whatever paprika you grab first)
  • Oregano
  • Salt and pepper

How To Make Swiss Steak in a Crockpot

Place tomatoes, tomato sauce, and seasonings in a bowl.

Place the tomatoes, tomato sauce, and all of the seasonings in a bowl.

Give the sauce a good stir.

Give that a good stir.

Slice up your onions.

Slice those onions up however you feel like slicing them up.

Place steaks in the slow cooker.

Place the meat in the slow cooker (there’s no need to pound steaks beforehand).

Top steak in slow cooker with onions.

Toss your onions on top.

Add sauce to steak in crockpot and cook.

And pour the remaining ingredients (the tomato mixture) over it all.

Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours (9-10 hours is fine, too, if you have a newer slow cooker) or on high for 4-5 hours.

If you end up cooking it for an extra hour or so it will be just fine, even more tender, provided you have a newer slow cooker. The older ones (7-10 years old), at this point in the game, generally don’t cook evenly anymore and you can end up with scorched food. I use a Hamilton Beach Set N Forget Programmable Slow Cooker most of the time. I have a few slow cookers, all of them are Hamilton Beach and they cook really well (and are affordable).

Serve crockpot Swiss Steak with vegetables and rice.

When it is ready, the crock pot Swiss steak will be so tender you can cut it with a fork.

I like to serve mine over rice. Since I buy rice in bulk, I like to incorporate it into a few meals each week to help give a little boost to our grocery budget. Or you can make this slow cooker Swiss steak meal low carb (ketogenic) by substituting cauliflower rice for regular rice.  

However you have it, I sure do hope you ENJOY this recipe! 


  • Store Swiss steak leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days and reheat either in a saucepan or in the microwave.
  • You can also freeze leftovers for up to 4 weeks. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating as above.

Recipe Notes

  • You can add 1 cup each of chopped bell pepper, carrots, celery, or mushroom to the slow cooker alongside the yellow onion.
  • While I like to use cube steak in this Swiss steak recipe because I don’t need to brown it beforehand, you can also use round steak, chuck steak, and cubed stew meat.
  • Substitute the garlic powder for minced garlic for added flavor. Speaking of, you can also add a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce too.

Recipe FAQs

What do you serve with crockpot Swiss Steak?

While I mentioned I enjoy serving my slow cooker beef with rice, they also taste great on a bed of homemade mashed potatoes, cheesy garlic mashed potatoes, noodles, or with some fresh dinner rolls to soak up the sauce. As for vegetables, you might like roasted vegetables, Brussel sprouts, a simple green salad, candied carrots, or fresh green beans.

Here are some more sensational steak recipes:

Delicious Hamburger Steak Recipe with Fried Onions (Oh Yum!)

Steak Kabobs in the Oven

Chicken Fried Steak Recipe

Southern Cubed Steak and Milk Gravy

Steak Sandwiches

Crockpot Swiss Steak

This crockpot Swiss Steak recipe is a tender beef main dish with a unique taste and wonderful oomph thanks to the choice in seasonings.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: slowcooker, steak
Servings: 4
Calories: 247.6kcal


  • 1-2 pounds cubed steak*
  • 14-16 ounces canned tomatoes stewed, diced, crushed, etc
  • 14-16 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika smoked paprika or regular


  • Place the cubed steaks in the bottom of a 5 or 6-quart slow cooker. Top with onions.
    1-2 pounds cubed steak*, 1 onion
  • In a large bowl, stir together the tomatoes, tomato sauce, and all of the seasonings. Pour over the cubed steaks and onion.
    14-16 ounces canned tomatoes, 14-16 ounces tomato sauce, 2 teaspoons oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
  • Serve over rice, mashed potatoes, or noodles.


*The sauce amount remains the same whether you are using 1 or 2 pounds of cubed steak.
Can sizes are changing so I included a range in the size description of this recipe. An ounce here or there won't make a difference.


Calories: 247.6kcal
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  1. Hi Christy. I finally tried this recipe tonight and it was excellent! I did add a sliced yellow and red bell pepper on top of the onions, but it would have been great without that addition. I just wanted to use them up, lol.

    I love knowing all your recipes are tried and true and always turn out to be winners for us. Thanks again! You’re the best!!

  2. I made this today following the recipe. To me it needs a little sweetness. It was just missing something. A little sugar usually rounds out the flavor of tomato dishes.

    1. I am giggling now because I always tell my husband the same thing about tomatoes!!! I’m not sure why I didn’t think to add a little sugar in this recipe, maybe its because there is always one or two people who fuss at me in the comments when I do, lol. But you’re right!

  3. Hello Christy, Swiss Steak was one of my mother-in-law’s favorite dishes. She has passed on now, but ,this dish reminds me of her. Keep Cooking up Those Good Dishes Christy! Thanks So Much.

  4. This looks sooo good, I just have to try it. Hope you and your family had a lovely Easter. Thankyou for all the “YUM” recipes…lol

  5. If you changed out your sauce from tomato based to a beef gravy with mushrooms; that would be the version of Salisbury steak that I grew up with instead of the meatloaf style that is now served. In the mom and pop diners that used to be up here in Mich (east side) it would be a popular dish on Sat.

  6. I am going to try it in a pressure cooker tonight. I don’t have time after work to use my dutch oven.

    It’s the perfect recipe for two working people.

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