Pepper Steak

Easy Beef Pepper Steak Recipe

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A great weeknight meal of beef pepper steak!

A while back, my husband mentioned his mother used to make pepper steak and mashed potatoes, it was one of his favorite meals growing up.

Personally, I have never had pepper steak I like. Anytime I tried it, usually at a buffet, it was tough.The pepper steak always looks and smells good but turns out uneaten. Therefore, I tended to avoid it.

After his father passed away, I decided it would be nice gesture for me to get his mother’s recipe and make it for him. She eagerly told me how she made it. Her exact words are in the recipe. I will admit, a pleasant surprise for me, I love it!

pepper steak weeknight meal
Pepper Steak and mashed potatoes…yum!

It is so tender and yummy you can cut it with a fork!

My sister, her husband and kids love it too! Now, I am going to share delicious beef pepper steak recipe with you. It is kid tested and approved! Leave a comment below, and let me know your family’s reaction.

Pepper Steak Ingredients

  • About 1 1/2 pounds of thin round steak, pounded to help tenderness
  • Bell pepper cut into 1 inch strips, here I use 1/2 red, 1/2 green, your choice
  • small onion, sliced and halved
  • season salt
  • beef broth
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • olive oil
  • cornstarch
  • water

You want to use a thin, I mean, thin cut of meat. I have used round steak and carne asada to make pepper steak. I buy what is on sale!

Cut your meat into one inch strips and sprinkle with season salt. Sear in a tablespoon of hot olive oil. Be sure to use a large skillet with a lid because all your veggies and meat will simmer together. This is the skillet I use.

Once the meat is no longer “bloody”, that’s what Georgiana said, remove it from the pan and set it aside.


Place the peppers and onion in the skillet and saute until they start to become tender.

pepper steak

The key is in the simmering!

Return the meat to the skillet with the peppers and onion. Add the beef broth and Worcestershire sauce, stir everything together and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer 30 minutes! You want everything to be tender enough to cut without a knife. If I can cut the meat with my spatula I know my pepper steak is ready.

pepper steak

Time to make your side dish, mashed potatoes, rice, noodles…

Use the simmering time to prepare the mashed potatoes ( our preference), rice, or pasta to serve along with it.

You could also use that time to help someone with their homework, empty the dishwasher, etc. My sister gets on her elliptical!

At this point, remove the meat, peppers, onions, and add a cornstarch slur to the liquid to thicken it. To make a cornstarch slur, add one heaping tablespoon of cornstarch to one cup of lukewarm water. I explain it in the video below.

Hint: My sister didn’t tell her kids what it was called so they couldn’t say they didn’t like it before they tried it! Do you do this?

I hope your family enjoys this pepper steak as much as we do! Leave a comment and let me know.

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Pepper Steak Shopping List

1 1/2 pounds thin cut steak (round, skirt, any choice)

Green and/or red bell pepper


Season Salt

Pepper steak weeknight meal:

Pepper Steak

Georgiana’s Homemade Pepper Steak

Tasty, family pleasing weeknight meal of pepper steak.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1.5 lbs thin cut round or skirt steak 1″ strips
  • 1 green bell pepper 1″ strips
  • 1/2 onion quartered, sliced
  • 1 tsp season salt
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 T corn starch


  • Heat olive oil in skillet over med-high heat. Sprinkle meat with season salt. Sear meat in oil, about 1 minute each side and remove from skillet.
    Saute pepper & onion in same until they just begin to soften. Reduce heat to medium and add steak.
    Add broth & Worcestershire. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to simmer and cover. Allow to simmer 30 minutes or until meat is fork tender.
    Mix cornstarch with 1/2 cup warm water. Remove meat and peppers from skillet. Add cornstarch mixture to liquid in skillet and bring to a boil stirring until thickened. Return meat and peppers to skillet.
    Serve with mashed potatoes, rice, or noodles.
Keyword beef, pepper steak, week-night meals
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