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Italian Pepper Steak

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 IMG_3607Today I  was planning to make a quick pepper steak stir-fry but a school nurse phone call turned into one unexpected trip to the doctor.  My plans for today changed and so did my menu.  My quick pepper steak turned into a crock pot version of steak alla pizzaiola ( a pizzaiolo is a pizza maker).

Before I darted out to the doctor I quickly sautéed my meat, peppers, onions and other ingredients.  Normally, when cooking this dish I would either cook it slow on the stove top or pop into the oven with some potatoes.  I decided to brown the ingredients and throw them in my slow cooker since I didn’t know how long I would be out.

My mid afternoon twist just ended with a trip to the local pharmacy …

..and so I’m glad I cooked like the “pizzaiola”  instead of having to order from one (not that there is anything wrong with pizza – just would’ve hated to see the ingredients go to waste!)









Italian Pepper Steak

Steak, peppers, onions and tomatoes


  • 1 1/2 lbs steak stir fry or sliced sirloin
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • small can of diced or stewed tomatoes 8 oz
  • 1 large green Italian frying pepper sliced a.k.a. cubanelle
  • 1 large red bell pepper sliced
  • 1/2 large onion sliced
  • 3 cloves garliccrushed
  • 1 1/2 cups beef stock or water
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper for seasoning



  • Heat olive oil in a fry pan
  • add seasoned meat to pan with garlic
  • when browned add the worcestishire sauce
  • mix to combine
  • add peppers and onions and sauté until lightly browned
  • then add tomatoes with out juice
  • combine well and bring to a simmer then add remaining liquids
  • Add a handful of chopped parsley

Option A

  • Cover slightly and cook on low for an hour

Option B

  • transfer to a crockpot and cook on low for another 4 hours
  • Serve over orzo pasta or rice


Try to cut all the ingredients the same size so they cook more evenly (peppers,onions and steak if not already sliced).
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