Ben's Swiss Steak

  • Yield: 8 servings

"'My son, Ben, loves Swiss Steak. He's always asking for it and enjoys it with a big helping of mashed potatoes. The jalapeno peppers add a little spice and heat."


2cups all-purpose flour
1teaspoon salt
Coarsely ground black pepper
2pounds cube steak, cut into 8 pieces
1/3cup vegetable oil
2large green bell peppers, chopped
1 (8-ounce) package sliced mushrooms
1large onion, chopped
2 jalapeno chiles, finely chopped
2large tomatoes, chopped


  1. Place flour, salt and pepper in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add some of the steak pieces and coat evenly with flour mixture; shake off excess. Remove to a platter. Repeat with remaining steak.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add 2 pieces of meat and brown 3 minutes on each side. When browned, transfer to a Dutch oven. Repeat with remaining pieces of meat. Add additional oil if needed.
  3. Add 1 cup water to pan drippings. Bring to a boil, scraping bottom and sides of skillet to loosen brown bits. Pour over meat. Top with peppers, mushrooms, onions, jalapenos and tomatoes.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover tightly, and simmer 1 hour and 45 minutes, until meat is very tender when pierced with a fork. Rearrange meat occasionally to keep pieces from sticking to the bottom of pan.

Recipe by Bernadette Swancer, Medina, Ohio.