Smothered Swiss Steak Recipe

This old school comfort food is a great dinner idea! The sauce is packed full of flavor from the onion, bell pepper and tomatoes, but also a secret ingredient! Sure to be a family favorite!

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steak on a plate.

One of my favorite things about fall and winter is comfort food! Soups, casseroles, meat and potatoes meals and so much more.

Today's recipe is definitely one of those meals!

When the whole stay at home stuff started earlier this year, meat was kinda scarce for a few weeks then prices skyrocketed. 

My boyfriend and I ended up buying some cheaper cuts of steak because they were available and I ended up creating this recipe with other stuff we had on hand.

The end result was amazing! The tough cut of steak ended up so tender and full of flavor!

How did it end up so tender?

Low heat, long cooking time and the secret ingredient.... a can of Pepsi!

Any can of cola would work, but Pepsi is my cola of choice. The cola along with the acidity of the tomatoes, breaks down the meat to an amazing tenderness! 

Don't worry, the cola doesn't make it sweet at all. The other savory ingredients balance out all the flavors nicely.

The meal was great and the leftovers were even fantastic too! I'm not a huge fan of leftovers so that says a lot about this meal.

We served this swiss steak over rice, but it would also be great over pasta or mashed potatoes. It's such a great recipe! I hope you give it a try!

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steak served on a plate.

What is in Smothered Swiss Steak?

  • All purpose flour: It's a combination of hard and soft wheats. Bleached flour provides a softer texture. It's versatile and you can bake most anything with it!
  • Extra virgin olive oil: This is a liquid fat obtained from pressing whole mediterranean olives. It's used for cooking, bread dips and making salad dressings. It has a lower smoke point than other oils, so you'll want to use it when cooking at a lower temperature. 
  • Onion: The onion is a vegetable that is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Allium. It's relatives include the garlic, shallot, leek, and chive. Onions contain antioxidants, red onions have the highest antioxidant amount.  Onions produce the chemical irritant known as syn-propanethial-S-oxide. This irritant floats up from the chopped onion and causes tears. Chill the onion prior to chopping to reduce irritation. 
  • Bell pepper: The bell pepper comes in different colors including red, yellow, orange, green, white, and purple. Red peppers have the most nutrition, because they've been on the vine longest. Green peppers are harvested earlier, before they have a chance to turn yellow, orange, and then red. Red bell peppers have almost 11 times more beta-carotene and 1.5 times more vitamin C than green.
  • sirloin tip or cube steak
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • petite diced tomatoes
  • Pepsi
  • beef bouillon paste or granules
  • tomato juice

steak and rice on a fork.

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Smothered Swiss Steak

Yield: 4-6 servings
Author: Hot Eats and Cool Reads



  1. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper evenly on both sides of the steak.
  2. Pour flour in a shallow dish and dredge steaks in flour until coated.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Brown three steaks at a time for 3 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and set aside. Repeat with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and three steaks.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and add the onion and bell pepper to the skillet. Saute for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the diced tomatoes, pepsi, beef bouillon, tomato juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to the skillet. 
  6. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Return steaks to skillet, reduce heat to medium low, cover and cook for 1 hour 30 minutes or until steak is tender, turning steaks during cooking.
  8. Serve over rice or mashed potatoes. 


You can pound the steaks with a mallet before coating with flour. This should reduce cooking time to one hour.
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This old school comfort food is a great dinner idea! The sauce is packed full of flavor from the onion, bell pepper and tomatoes, but also a secret ingredient! Sure to be a family favorite!

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  1. Haven't made Swiss Steak in so long so made this today. Oh so good. I substituted a little. . .didn't have tomato juice so mixed 3 tbsp. tomato paste with about 1 cup hot water and the beef granules, also added one small can sliced mushrooms with that juice. Instead of green peppers I thinly sliced 8 sweet peppers. Oh, also omitted the Pepsi and added 1/2 cup hot water and had plenty of juice with the substitutions.


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