Sweet and Spicy Beef is perfect for making in the morning and letting it cook until it’s time for dinner. It is yummy served over rice, baked potatoes (add a dollop of sour cream and cheddar cheese), and pasta.
I need to make a quick note about round steak before I go on with the instructions. My brother was asking me about a what kind of steak to use in a particular recipe. I suggested using round steak since it is a less expensive cut of meat and would have worked perfectly. I could tell he was confused and so I asked him what kind of steak he was using. He told me that he couldn’t remember what cut of steak it was. But he was sure it wasn’t round steak because his was more of a square, rectangle shaped steak. Ha Ha!! For those of you who don’t know round steak is a steak cut from the round primal cut of beef. It is the eye of round, bottom round and top round still connected and usually is without a bone. It is perfect for slow cooking and braising. There. Now you are all educated for the day, on to the recipe.
Slice the steak as thin as possible. It is easier to slice the steak if it is still a little bit frozen. If it is already thawed out, put it in the freezer for about fifteen minutes before you slice it. Generously season with salt and pepper.
Heat a skillet over medium/high heat. Add some olive oil and half of the steak. Cook until browned. Repeat with remaining steak. (Don’t be like me and try to cut corners by browning all of the meat at once.)
Spray a slow cooker with cooking spray. Stir together all of the seasonings, tomato sauce and paste, brown sugar and crushed tomatoes.
Stir in sliced or diced onions. Some of my boys like them sliced so they are easier to pick out. And diced is better for some because they don’t notice it and start devouring. Add the browned round steak and stir until it is all mixed together. Slow cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low 8-9 hours.
Sweet and Spicy Beef
- 2 pounds sliced round steak
- 1 T. olive oil
- 1 medium onion sliced
- 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
- 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
- 2 qt. jar of home canned tomatoes drained (Or a large can of crushed tomatoes, if you are buying them)
- 1 teaspoon season salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 3 Tablespoons chili powder
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon vinegar
- 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- Baked Potatoes Rice or Pasta
- Parmesan cheese and parsley for garnish
- Slice steak as thin as possible. See tip below.
- In a skillet over medium high heat, add olive oil. Add steak slices and sear until brown. I browned mine in two batches.
- If you have whole stewed tomatoes, blend them until they are crushed.
- Spray a slow cooker with cooking spray. To the slow cooker add tomato sauce and paste, crushed tomatoes, salt and pepper, sugar, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Add hot sauce to your taste!
- Add sliced onions and seared steak to slow cooker. Stir to combine.
- Cook in slow cooker for 4-5 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low.
- Serve over rice, baked potatoes or pasta.
- Garnish with grated cheese and parsley.
- It is easier to slice if steak really thin if it is still a little bit frozen. If steak is already all thawed out put it in the freezer for about 15 minutes before cutting. Be sure the steak is completely thawed before searing!