Best Beef Pepper Steak Recipe

Pepper steak served over rice.
Pepper steak served over rice. | Source

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5 stars from 3 ratings of Pepper Steak

Easy Beef Recipes

Although I like to limit the amount of red meat that my family eats, choosing high quality cuts of beef helps to keep this a healthy recipe. This is an easy beef recipe that has been a family tradition since I was young. Pepper steak was one of my dad's favorite dishes to cook for us when we were kids. We always knew that we would be eating good that night! As my sister and I grew older, we carried on the tradition of making this delicious dish for our families and it is a favorite meal for our kids as well. This recipe takes about an hour to make but is a great meal to prepare ahead of time and heat up on those busy school nights!

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 40 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients for Pepper Steak

  • 1 1/2 pounds sirloin steak (or steak cut of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2/4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2-3 Peppers (any color you choose)
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 package Au Jus Mix
  • 2-3 Roma tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Pictures of Making the Pepper Steak

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Brown the meat in the pan and remove.Saute the onions.Add the peppers and saute.Make the au jus according to package directions.Add the meat back into the pan.Pour the au jus gravy, tomatoes, and sugar into the pan and simmer for an additional twenty minutes.
Brown the meat in the pan and remove.
Brown the meat in the pan and remove. | Source
Saute the onions.
Saute the onions. | Source
Add the peppers and saute.
Add the peppers and saute. | Source
Make the au jus according to package directions.
Make the au jus according to package directions. | Source
Add the meat back into the pan.
Add the meat back into the pan. | Source
Pour the au jus gravy, tomatoes, and sugar into the pan and simmer for an additional twenty minutes.
Pour the au jus gravy, tomatoes, and sugar into the pan and simmer for an additional twenty minutes. | Source

Instructions for Making Pepper Steak

  1. Slice the beef into long strips of meat that are about 1/4 in thickness and about 2 inches long.
  2. Heat a pan on medium heat with the olive oil. Dredge the pieces of meat in flour and brown the meat. This is not to completely cook the meat, just to seal the juices and get a nice crust on the meat.
  3. Remove the meat from the pan and saute the onions (sliced lengthwise like the meat). Be sure that you use your cooking spoon or spatula to lift the meat bits from the bottom of the pan.
  4. Once the onions have begun to brown, slice the peppers into long strips and add them to the pan to saute. Once the vegetables have softened, add the meat back to the pan.
  5. Prepare the au jus mix according the directions on the package. If you like to have your pepper steak sauce a little thicker like I do, add a tablespoon or two the mix before heating it.
  6. After the gravy is heated, pour it over the meat and vegetables in the pan. Add the teaspoon of sugar. (Don't skip this step, it really is the secret ingredient to making the sauce taste so good!) Then put the quartered tomatoes over the top and allow them to cook down as the dish cooks over medium low heat for about 20-30 minutes. I actually didn't have tomatoes when I made this recipe so I used about 1/4 cup of crushed tomatoes. It worked perfectly because it still gave that hint of tomato flavor.

Serving Pepper Steak

We have always served our pepper steak over rice. The gravy that it makes is so delicious and the rice just soaks it up! If you are not a fan of rice or are out at the moment, try serving it over egg noodles. This would be a great alternative for your meal. You could even serve it with a fresh loaf of bread to help you soak up that tasty gravy!

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teaches12345 4 years ago

This is one of my favorite recipes. I have not tried the au jus mix, so next time I make it I will try your version. Thanks for sharing -- very yummy looking!


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Teresa Coppens 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I have made a similar dish but this one looks very tasty and so easy to make. I will definitely be making this for the family!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Thanks for the walk down memory lane, Cara. It brought thoughts of dad back into my mind this evening, and that was a nice thing. :)

I loved when he would make this dish for us! Thanks for sharing. YUM!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Sounds like a plan teaches12345, let me know how it turns out!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

So glad it sounds like something your family would like Teresa. I hope that they enjoy it as much as we do!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Me too Mom. I'm glad that it brought back nice memories for you.


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theclevercat 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Ok, those peppers have me seriously salivating at the screen! (Meanwhile, I'm trying to say it, not spray it! Lol.)

Voted useful. HP has GOT to get a YUMMY button up there!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

I love pepper steak and I like the fact that this recipe uses lots of colorful peppers. Voted 5 stars because I also liked the layout and step by step directions of this hub.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I have never had pepper steak before, but it looks delicious! Thanks for the great recipe and photos. I may have to give this a try sometime.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

LOL your comments crack me up CC! Yes, a yummy button would be great!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Colorful peppers=kids eating! Actually the green ones don't like me much so we use other colors and they really do get the kids wanting to eat them. As always, I appreciate you visiting Gail.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Please stop back by and let me know how you like it if you give it a try randomcreative! It's really tasty and easy to make. :)


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

We haven't had pepper steak in quite a while. My version is slightly different, it's from an old Betty Crocker cook book I have that doesn't call for an au jus gravy. I also like the yellow and orange peppers as the green ones don't like me much either. Voted up with lots of stars!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

We don't have it often but really enjoy it when we do. It's a great dish to go to when you're looking for something a little different.


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missolive 4 years ago from Texas

Oh this sounds and looks so good! My husband likes pepper beef. I'll be sure to give your variation a try - thank you for sharing. Great pictures and easy instructions!


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

You're welcome missolive. Hope you guys enjoy it!


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STEVEW13 4 years ago from Norwich, England

This looks like a delicious recipe, I am going to have to give it a go as I cook steak once a week in my household and it is always good to mix it up a bit and try something new. Thank you for sharing :)


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

I hope you enjoy it Stevew13. I agree that it is good to mix it up a bit. My husband is a big beef eater so we try to be creative! Thanks for visiting.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

That looks really good. I'll bookmark this and come back... lately, I've been cooking my steak rolled in lawry's seasoning salt and then sauteed on top of chopped onions, bell peppers and jalapenos.


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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Sounds delicious PDXKaraokeGuy! Hope you have a chance to give this recipe a try. Stop back by and let me know how it turns out for you.

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