Easy Pepper Steak

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 55 min.


4 servings

Updated: Oct. 21, 2023
We live on the eastern edge of the Sand Hills here in Nebraska, where most folks are ranchers. This popular pepper steak recipe is tasty as well as colorful. —Carolyn Butterfield, Atkinson, Nebraska


  • 1 pound beef top round steak, cut into 1/4x2-inch strips
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 medium green peppers, cut into strips
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 2 fresh tomatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
  • Cooked rice


  1. Sprinkle meat with paprika. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Brown beef. Add broth and garlic. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.
  2. Add green peppers and onion. Cover and continue to simmer for 5 minutes.
    Combine cornstarch, soy sauce and water; stir into meat mixture. Cook and stir until thickened. Gently stir in tomatoes and heat through. Serve over rice.

Pepper Steak Tips

Why is my pepper steak tough?

Beef top round steak is a leaner, less tender cut of meat. To get a more tender result is to use a meat mallet prior to cooking. Starting at 1 end of the steak and gradually working towards the other, use the spiked side of the mallet to hit and flatten the meat evenly without damaging it. Follow these other helpful tips on tenderizing meat.

Is pepper steak good for you?

This steak recipe uses a lean cut of meat which has little fat and lots of protein. The fresh vegetables and rice make this a well-balanced meal.

Can you freeze pepper steak?

Yes, you can freeze pepper steak! Cool and freeze the cooked beef mixture in air-tight freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Reheat the mixture in a large skillet, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Add a little broth to the mixture if necessary. Follow these other freezer tips to ensure your pepper steak comes out fresh.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 365 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 465mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 32g protein.