We all have comforting foods growing up. You know, whether it be meatloaf, pot pie or a certain chicken dish that your mom made? Well my mom made Pepper Steak that I just always loved and looked forward to eating. It’s not the usual type of Pepper Steak that you will find in the Chinese restaurants that are stir fried. Nope, this type is totally different but totally delicious as well. This kind takes about 3 hours on top of the stove but it’s well worth the wait as the meat is so delicious and tender and the peppers are delicious too! I like to use Chuck steak as it’s a tender and very flavorful meat because it has a bit of fat on it. You can, however, use other types of stew meat, if you prefer. This will make enough for 4-6 people. To see how I made my Mom's Old Fashioned Pepper Steak, keep on reading!
- 2 lbs. Chuck steak cut into one inch cubes
- 2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce, plus 2 cans water
- 2 large onions, sliced into thin rings
- 4 large red and green bell peppers, cut into 1 inch pieces (or any color peppers you have on hand)
- ⅓ cup garlic powder
- 3-4 tbsp. onion powder
- 2 bay leaves
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Season the meat with about half of the garlic and onion powders, salt and pepper. Place in a large bowl and let sit in the refrigerator for about an hour so that the seasonings can get into the meat.
- Add the tomato sauce, cans of water, onions, rest of the garlic and onion powders, bay leaves, salt and pepper to a large Dutch oven. Add the meat and stir to combine. Cover and cook over very low heat for 2 hours and then partially uncover, stirring occasionally. Cook for another half hour and add the peppers. Stir to combine. Cook covered for another half hour or until the meat is tender and the peppers are soft. Serve over rice. Enjoy!
If you are looking for a great dessert to go along with the pepper steak, why not try out my friend Joanne’s Shorbread.