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Slow Cooker Deviled Swiss Steak (+Video)

Have you ever eaten “Deviled Swiss Steak”? Sounds like something Beaver’s mom (from the old TV show “Leave it to Beaver”) would cook up in her fit-and-flare dress, apron, and heels. 

My mom used to make this Deviled Swiss Steak recipe for Sunday dinner–sans heels–all my growing-up years. Too bad she didn’t have a slow cooker. That’s the easiest way to do it.

Slow Cooker Deviled Swiss Steak--in white serving dish; ready-to-serve

I always thought this steak was some kind of food from Switzerland.  The “deviled” part bothered me, too.  What did the title mean?  Turns out “deviled” in food terms means spiced.

People with gallstones would probably agree that spicy foods are of the devil.  But compared to a lot of food eaten by this Texas girl, this recipe isn’t all that spicy.

What does “Swiss” mean in a recipe?

Back to the “Swiss” issue.  According to Wikipedia, “Swiss” refers to a process whereby meat is pounded to make it tender –which does apply to this recipe, especially when using round steak.  

Does anybody pound their meat anymore?  Do you even own a meat mallet? Just curious. To be honest, I rarely pound even though my mother always did. When you cook it long enough, it falls apart anyway.

So I make this recipe with a chuck steak or even a small roast, whatever is on sale.  No matter what you call it, this is comfort food for me. My family sees it the same way.

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • BEEF STEAK: Use round steak or chuck steak. We also use chuck roast because it serves a lot of people.
  • DRY MUSTARD: Powdered mustard adds the spice. We make this recipe often enough that it’s worth buying a jar. We also use it in our deviled eggs.
    If you don’t want to invest in a whole bottle, buy a little from the bulk bins at the grocery store. Prepared mustard or Dijon mustard can also substitute for the dry mustard.
    Erin Huffstetler lists three other ideas for substitutes for powdered mustard: turmeric, wasabi powder, or horseradish powder. Sorry, I can’t vouch for any of them. Yet.
  • ONIONS: I use yellow onions for almost every recipe that calls for cooked onions. White onions would be good, too.
  • CARROTS: Baby carrots or regular carrots are chopped to add color and flavor. The amount is not extremely important. It’s a good time to clean out the fridge.
  • TOMATOES: Canned diced tomatoes give the gravy some textural interest and color. If tomato-haters sit at your dinner table, use crushed tomatoes.

Deviled Swiss Roast older photo often seen on Pinterest
Old picture from 2009.

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes. It will be good for 2-3 days. Reheat in the microwave for the best flavor.

Can I make Swiss Steak in the oven?

Depending on the thickness of your steak or roast, it will take about 2-3 hours to roast in the oven. This is a tender beef recipe. Don’t stop baking until the meat is falling apart and fork-tender.

One cautionary note when using the oven. Watch the water level and don’t let all the liquid cook out. Be particularly observant if your pan is not very heavy and the lid doesn’t seal tightly.

What should I serve it with?

Mashed potatoes or rice are traditional. Mashed cauliflower or cauli-rice is a low-carb option.

How To Make Deviled Swiss Steak

covering steak with flour + mustard
#1 Rub the flour, mustard, salt, and pepper into the steak or use a meat mallet to pound it in.
browning steak
#2 Brown the steak on both sides in vegetable oil.
moving steak into a slow cooker
#3 Move the meat to a slow cooker pot.
browning diced onions and carrots
#4 Fry the onions and carrot in the empty skillet for 2-3 minutes to soften and put some color on them.
adding brown sugar, tomatoes, and worcestershire sauce to veggies in skillet
#5 Add brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and tomatoes to vegetables and stir.
getting steak ready to cook
#6 Pour tomato mixture over the steak in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on SLOW for 8-10 hours.
pan drippings from Deviled Swiss Steak
#7 Remove meat from the slow cooker and make gravy with the pan juices.
Slow Cooker Swiss Steak Ready to Serve

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Slow Cooker Deviled Swiss Steak

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes

A traditional Sunday dinner--beef steak cooked with carrots, onions and tomatoes results in a fork-tender beef with savory, rich gravy.


  • 2 to 3-pound chuck roast
  • 1/3 cup unbleached flour
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (I use Kosher)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (+ more if needed)
  • 1/2 finely chopped onion
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup canned diced or crushed tomatoes


  • Pan drippings + water to equal 2 1/4 cups
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  1. Combine flour, mustard, salt, and pepper. Coat meat on both sides with flour mixture.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a heavy skillet. When oil is hot, brown meat on both sides.
  3. Place browned roast in a slow cooker or large roaster.
  4. Add another tablespoon of oil into the now-empty skillet. Add chopped onions to the skillet and cook until softened--about 3 minutes
  5. Add 1 cup of finely chopped carrots to the onions and brown for a couple more minutes. Combine brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and tomatoes with the carrots and onions. Stir together and pour over meat.
  6. If using a slow cooker, set to low for 6-9 hours. Or bake in an oven at 325˚F for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
  7. When your roast is fork-tender, remove it from the pot and set aside on a serving platter to rest. Cover with foil.

Gravy in the microwave:

  1. Skim as much fat as possible off the top of remaining pot juices.
  2. In a large glass bowl or Pyrex 2-qt pitcher, combine cold water and cornstarch. Add pan juices to the cornstarch mixture. Add water if necessary for a total of 2 1/4 c. liquid.
  3. Mix well with a whisk. Microwave on high for 3 minutes and stir well. Microwave for 3 more minutes or until mixture thickens and boils for 1 minute. Whisk again. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Alternate instructions for
gravy on the stove:

1. Skim as much fat as possible off the top of remaining pot juices.

2. Combine cornstarch and 1/4 cup of cold water. Add to the pot juices and whisk until smooth.

3. Cook the gravy over medium-low heat until it thickens. Add salt and pepper as desired.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 servings Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 458Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 141mgSodium: 276mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 43g

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Judith Humphrys

Sunday 13th of September 2020

How would I adapt this to an electric pressure cooker?


Sunday 13th of September 2020

Hi Judith,

I haven't specifically made this in my Instant Pot, but thinking it would work really well. Brown everything on the Sautè setting instead of on the stove. When you have loaded everything back into the pot, I would cook on high pressure for 30 minutes, then natural release for 15 min. Follow directions in the recipe for making gravy. If you are cooking a roast (which I often do with this recipe), it will most likely require more time under pressure--up to 1 hour. As soon as I try it myself, I'll add the instructions to the notes in the recipe.


Tuesday 6th of November 2018

Yes, a comfort food indeed! I like the carrots on top.

Rachael Warrington

Friday 2nd of March 2012

Love your site. Found it through a pinterest....can't wait to do the lettuce thing!

This roast sounds homey and wonderful. As soon as I buy my next set of chuck roast this is the way I will prepare it for a Sunday Dinner.


Saturday 3rd of March 2012

Hi Racheael, This roast is "homey and wonderful." Just writing about it makes me want to go take a roast out of the freezer for dinner tomorrow. :-)