This Swiss steak recipe is a delicious, and easy, 1-pot camp meal that you slo-cook in a cast iron Dutch oven. You get a true Dutch oven campfire meal without spending a lot of time prepping. And since it is a slo-cook recipe, you get to do other things while this masterpiece cooks itself.
The key is the simplicity of the recipe and the pre-prep you do at home before leaving for camp. The ‘Smart Camp Cooking’ tips below will show you how to save time and packing space when it comes to camp food and cooking.
The delicious aromas of this recipe will have the whole camp drooling with anticipation.
Serves: 4 – 6 campers *easily expanded for larger groups
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour (slo-cook recipe)
Camp cooking gear:
Here is all you need:
- Heavy-duty aluminum foil
- Camping Dutch oven or large skillet
- Sharp kitchen-type camp knife
- Lg. serving spoon/ladle
- Cutting board
Note: This camping recipe is intended for campfire cooking, but, it can also be cooked in a covered skillet on a camp stove.
Swiss steak recipe main ingredients:
- 2 lbs. Cubed Steak, *You can use round steak as long as you tenderize it very well
- 2 lg. Spanish Onion, wedge sliced
- 1 lg. Green Bell Pepper, strip cut
- 1 can (14oz) Diced Tomatoes, undrained
- 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
- 2 beef bouillon cubes/packets
- 1.5 tsp. Salt
- 1.5 tsp. Black Pepper
- 2 cloves Garlic, crushed or minced
- 1/3 cup Cooking oil
- 1/3 cup Butter
- Bulk Flour, enough to coat the meat portions & thicken sauce
- 1 can Water, *tomato-can full
- Slice onions into wedges approx. 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide, slice green pepper into 1/2″ strips.
- * experienced campfire cooks would do this at home and just put in ziplock bags for the camping trip.
- If Round steak is used – thoroughly tenderize steak slabs by pounding with a tenderizer hammer, or butt-end of large knife or utensil.
- *again, a prep easiest done at home and packed in ziplocks
- Pre-heat Dutch oven. Add cooking oil. Season steaks to taste with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Dredge steaks in flour to thoroughly coat, and brown in Dutch oven. Then remove steaks and set aside. **Steaks only need to be browned, not completely cooked through.
- Add butter, onions, bell pepper strips, and crushed garlic and saute’ in the steak juices approx. 5 minutes.
- Add diced tomatoes – undrained, and 1 tomato-can of water. Stir to mix and add-back steak, spooning veggie mix and liquid between steaks.
- Cover, move to low heat, and let simmer for 1.5 to 2 hrs. Maintain heat temperature. Rotate and stir approx. every 30 minutes. Check after 1 hour – add more water if needed. At 1-1/2 hours, start poking meat for tenderness – your call when done.
- **For thicker sauce – sprinkle in some flour and stir to mix with liquid – simmer 5 minutes. Done!
Camping Tip: Use a camping meal checklists to make sure you don’t leave any vital ingredients at home.You can find an assortment of outdoor camping checklists
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