Onion and Pepper Smothered Round Steak

Round steak is cooked until tender and smothered in a comforting mix of peppers and onions and gravy!

Onion and Pepper Smothered Round Steak

Once, a long time ago, my parents gave me a round steak from the different cuts of beef that they bought. I, having no idea what a round steak was, stuck it in the freezer for months and months. Then, last week, after being inspired by the Williams Sonoma class on searing and simmering, I decided to thaw the steak and ended up cooking a really great dinner.

In my opinion, a round steak is a very strange cut of meat. It’s pretty thin and…well, round. I actually just googled round steak recipes until I found one that looked good, and here we are! ๐Ÿ™‚ This round steak recipe ended up being just what I was looking for. It’s comfort food at its finest. The meat is cooked gently until tender, and then smothered in peppers and onions and the most delicious gravy. 

The first time I made this recipe I served with mashed potatoes, which was delicious! My kids don’t actually like mashed potatoes (strange, right??), so ever since then I’ve served this recipe over noodles.  I actually prefer the noodles, but I think this meal would be good with almost anything (cous cous, rice, or even stuffed into a tortilla!) The beef took awhile to cook, but most of the time was spent simmering with an occasional stir, so it isn’t very hands on. Plus we got a few days of meals out of this one recipe, so I think it was time well spent. ๐Ÿ™‚

Onion and Pepper Smothered Round Steak

Mike rated this “a solid 4”, then switched it to 4.125, just to give it a slight edge over all those other “4” recipes out there. He looked so pleased when he saw what was for dinner and exclaimed “now this is good hearty food.” That’s a welcome change from a few other recipes (ahem…tortellini vegetable soup), where he looked at it tentatively and said “is this even going to fill me up?”. So make this meal…it’s very husband friendly.

Onion and Pepper Smothered Round Steak

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Onion and Pepper Smothered Round Steak

Yield: Serves 6

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Round steak is cooked until tender and smothered in a comforting mix of peppers and onions and gravy!


Onion and Pepper Smothered Round Steak:

  • 2 1/4 pounds thin top round steak, sliced into strips about 1/4-inch thick
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Essence (recipe below)
  • 2-3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups beef broth, divided
  • 6 cups sliced onions
  • 2 cups sliced red and green bell peppers
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley leaves

Emeril's Essence:

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme


  1. Combine the meat with the Essence and flour in a mixing bowl and toss to combine.
  2. Heat the oil in a large cast iron Dutch oven or high-sided skillet over medium-high heat and brown the meat, in batches, until browned on all sides, 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the meat to a plate. Add 2 cups of the broth and stir to deglaze the pan.
  4. Return the meat to the skillet. Add the onions, and bell peppers. Add salt and black pepper to taste (I didn't need to add much). If you like things spicy, add in a little extra cayenne.
  5. Cook, stirring frequently, for 6 to 8 minutes, or until the vegetables are wilted. Keep the liquid simmering, but don't let it come to a boil.
  6. Reduce the heat to medium. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.
  7. Add the remaining cup of broth and continue to simmer, uncovered, for about 1 hour longer, or until the meat is very tender and the gravy is thickened and flavorful.
  8. Add the parsley and serve immediately. This is great over potatoes, rice or egg noodles.

For the Essence:ย Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
Yield: 2/3 cup

adapted from Emeril

Onion and Pepper Smothered Round Steak
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  1. Oh yum – my hubby will be over for dinner! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. This looks delicious! I'm always looking for new ways to make steak!

  3. wow this is so fancy and looks wonderful!

  4. wow-that looks fantastic!

  5. This looks so good right now. Perfect for a snowy day! =)

  6. Your blog is very good.

  7. What a hearty, tasty dish! No wonder hubby liked it!
    (I always wondered what was in Emeril's essence!)

  8. I love that you served it with potatoes – it looks great!

  9. Looks delicious! Love it over mashed potatoes!

  10. 4.125–ha! this looks great, definitely worthy of that extra 1/8 of a point. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I had to stop looking at your desserts for a while. LOL! ๐Ÿ™‚ This looks wonderful! We're not steak eaters…we maybe eat steak once every couple years. Weird, I know, but we just don't like it all that much.

    Anyway, this looks really good. I might give it a try sometime. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. This is an amazing meal, I am cooking for 4 people and we alternate every sunday (Residence in University). Made this over rice, and added 1habanero to give it a little kick, and it was awesome.

    Thank you for this

  13. Great dish. Try making the Essence with smoked paprika, oh man! Also, I didn’t add the last cup of broth and it still turned out very tasty and full of sauce (because my cut of meat was smaller, just under 2 lbs).

  14. Wow! This is a good attempt to take Emeril’s recipe and call it your own! I see you eliminated the cayenne, altered the black pepper, altered the oil, threw in (optional) rice, used chicken broth instead of beef broth, throw in a little parsley to create “your” recipe. Honestly, almost word for word. Please spare yourself the humility…

  15. Can leftovers be frozen. ย Thank you for the ย Emerilโ€™s Essence.ย 

  16. It’s four degrees in Colorado and we’re snowed in with everything closed. Happen to have these ingredients. Seems very familiar to a recipe my mother used to make when I was a child. Can’t wait. Thank you

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