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Pepper Steak - Instant Pot or Slow Cooker

An easy, family favorite meal made in the Instant Pot for fast results, or in the slow cooker to cook all day while you are off to work.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Servings: 6
Calories: 294kcal
Author: Sula

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds beef sirloin cut into 2-inch strips
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons Garlic powder or to taste
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 large green bell peppers seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 14.5 ounce can stewed tomatoes, with liquid
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Sprinkle strips of sirloin with 2 to 3 teaspoons garlic powder, or to taste.

Slow Cooker:

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the vegetable oil and brown the seasoned beef strips. Transfer to slow cooker.
  • Mix beef broth with cornstarch until dissolved. Pour into slow cooker with meat. Stir in onion, green peppers, stewed tomatoes, soy sauce, sugar, and salt.
  • Cover and cook on High for 3 to 4 hours, or on Low for 6 to 8 hours.
  • Thicken as desired with additional cornstarch/water solution. Suggested: start with 1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons water. Repeat as needed until desired consistency is reached. Mixture must be hot for cornstarch to thicken the sauce.

Instant Pot:

  • Turn Instant Pot setting to sauté. Add oil and seasoned beef and cook until browned. Turn off the sauté function.
  • Mix beef broth with cornstarch until dissolved. Pour into the Instant Pot with meat. Stir in onion, green peppers, stewed tomatoes, soy sauce, sugar, and salt.
  • Cover, seal, and set to meat/stew cooking cycle (18 minutes). When cooking cycle is complete, allow IP to vent naturally for at least 20 minutes before removing the lid.
  • Thicken as desired with additional cornstarch/water solution. Suggested: start with 1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons water. Repeat as needed until desired consistency is reached. Mixture must be hot for cornstarch to thicken the sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 1142mg | Potassium: 822mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 289IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.