Slow-Cooker Pepper Steak

Slow-Cooker Pepper Steak

Background and History

Pepper steak is a popular Chinese-American dish that originated in the United States, influenced by traditional Chinese stir-fry cooking techniques. The dish typically features thinly sliced beef cooked with bell peppers and onions in a savory sauce, often flavored with soy sauce and black pepper. Slow-cooker pepper steak offers a convenient twist on this classic, allowing the flavors to meld together while creating tender, melt-in-your-mouth beef.

Ingredients

1 ½ pounds beef sirloin steak, thinly sliced

2 bell peppers (any color), thinly sliced

1 onion, thinly sliced

3 cloves garlic, minced

½ cup low-sodium soy sauce

¼ cup beef broth

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon black pepper

Optional: cooked rice or noodles, for serving

Serves

4

Preparation Time

15 minutes

Cooking Time

4-6 hours on low heat

Instructions

In a mixing bowl, whisk together soy sauce, beef broth, brown sugar, cornstarch, ground ginger, and black pepper to create the sauce.

Place the thinly sliced beef, bell peppers, onion, and minced garlic in the slow cooker.

Pour the sauce over the beef and vegetables in the slow cooker, ensuring everything is well coated.

Cover and cook on low heat for 4-6 hours, or until the beef is tender.

Once cooked, stir the pepper steak mixture in the slow cooker to combine the flavors.

Serve the pepper steak hot over cooked rice or noodles, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

(Per Serving)

Calories: 300 kcal

Total Fat: 10g

Cholesterol: 70mg

Sodium: 800mg

Total Carbohydrates: 20g

Protein: 30g

Notes

For extra flavor, you can marinate the beef slices in the sauce for 30 minutes to 1 hour before adding them to the slow cooker.

Feel free to customize the vegetables by adding mushrooms, snap peas, or broccoli florets.

Leftover pepper steak can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days and reheated for additional meals.

Allergy Warning

Check the ingredients of the soy sauce and beef broth for allergens such as gluten or soy, depending on your dietary restrictions.

Be mindful of any allergies to ingredients such as garlic or onions.