Dutch Oven Swiss Steak Recipe


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The following recipe, comments, and photos are by Eileen Troemel of Janesville, Wisconsin (near Madison).  Check out Eileen’s very interesting and informative article on Dutch Oven Camp Cooking.


In a Dutch Oven cookbook, I found a recipe for Swiss Steak.  In looking over the recipe, I decided to modify it even though everything I’ve read said not to. Fortunately, my sister, Alicia, has done a lot of Dutch Oven cooking and she helped me with this process.  The Swiss Steak was very tender and moist.  It was the best Dutch Oven dish that I had cooked all day.


Dutch Oven Swiss Steak in serving dish


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Dutch Oven Swiss Steak Recipe

Dutch Oven Swiss Steak Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: Serves Many


Vegetable oil
2 pounds beef top-round steak, trimmed of excess fat
1 (15-ounce) can stewed tomatoes
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
Garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste





(1) Prepare your fire using either charcoal coals or wood.  Eileen is using the charcoal coal method for her Dutch Oven Camp Cooking.  Check out Eileen’s article on Dutch Oven Camp Cooking for information and instructions on Dutch Oven cooking.


Hot Coals
Fire pit with coal – using backyard fire

pit to cook on.

Selecting Coals
Coals being shifted around so more of

them will get hot enough to cook with.

Placing Dutch Oven on coals
Placing cast iron Dutch oven on hot coals.  Shift coals around the oven.  Heat the Dutch oven over the hot coals or wood.

Pouring oii in dutch oven
Pouring vegetable oil in the Dutch Oven.

Spreading Oil in dutch oven
Spread the vegetable oil around the bottom and sides of the Dutch Oven.

Dutch oven hot and ready to cook
When the pan is hot (hold hand over the oven to see if it is hot).  You are now ready to cook.

Swiss Steak Ingredients

Ingredients for Swiss Steak.

NOTE: I sometimes also add bell peppers and mushrooms to the recipe.  Be creative!

Chopping up swiss steak and onions
(8) Cut up meat into chunks. Depending on what you are serving with the meat, you may want to cube it into bite-size pieces.  Season meat with garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste.  Note: You can also add cayenne pepper, steak seasonings, and any other spices that you want.  Chop onion into large chunks.

Add meat and onions to dutch oven
Add meat and onions to the hot Dutch Oven, placing onions on top of the meat.

lid and hot coals on dutch oven
Place lid on the Dutch Oven for a few minutes.  Place some hot coals on the lid to help heat up and cook the meat.

Brown meat in dutch oven

Remove lid and stir occasionally to evenly brown the meat.

Swiss Steak evenly browned in dutch oven
Swiss Steak evenly browned on both sides and ready for the next step.

Add stewed tomatoes to dutch oven
Once the meat has browned, add the stewed tomatoes and tomato sauce.  NOTE: Worcestershire Sauce is a good addition to this dish, if you so desire.

lid and hot coals on dutch oven
Place the lid back on the Dutch Oven and let the mixture simmer for approximately 15 to 20 minutes.  After 20 minutes, remove lid and check for tenderness.  If the meat is not tender and falling off the fork when poked, place the lid back on the Dutch Oven and continue to cook for approximately another 10 to 15 minutes.

Dutch Oven Swiss Steak in serving dish

Variation:  To add to this meal, you might add cubed or sliced potatoes to the Swiss Steak while cooking or served with already cooked noodles or rice.

Your Swiss Steak is now done.  Serve to your family and enjoy!


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