An Instant Pot serves up this sweet and spicy round steak with peppers, tomatoes and pineapple in minutes.
Have you heard of the Instant Pot? Believe it or not, it cooked this top round steak to fork-tender in under 45 minutes from start to finish!
When it comes to kitchen gadgets there are very few that grace my cupboards. Amongst my favorites are my slow cooker, spiralizer, Vidalia Chop wizard, Magic Bullet, and now my Instant Pot. Not only has this handy appliance replaced my slow cooker, but it resides prominently on the kitchen counter because it’s used at least twice a week.
This magical contraption does everything I need. The Instant Pot slow cooks, pressure cooks, saute’s – you name it, it can do it!
When I picked up a package of top round steak I couldn’t wait to see if the Instant Pot could turn it into a mouthwatering meal without lots of time and effort on my part. I wasn’t disappointed.
After browning onions and chunks of steak in the pot on saute mode, I added canned tomatoes, bell peppers, pineapple and Greek seasoning, then turned on the Stew setting. In less than 30 minutes (the pot has to come to pressure to cook, so it takes a few minutes, cooking time was actually 15 minutes) my beef and vegetables were tender and ready to make a quick sauce.
The liquid in the pan was so hot that all it took was a little cornstarch and water to thicken it up into a sweet and spicy sauce – perfect with couscous or noodles on the side.
You can certainly make this on your stovetop by browning the onion and beef in a large non-stick pan, adding the remaining ingredients (except cornstarch and water), covering with a lid, and turning the heat to medium-low. You’ll want to simmer for at least an hour until the beef is tender. You may need to add beef broth if there isn’t enough liquid to make a sauce. When the round steak is tender, add the cornstarch and water to make a sauce.
I can’t rave enough about my Instant Pot and I’m not alone. A few weeks ago I was attending a church service and the woman behind me was chatting with her friend about her go-to kitchen appliance, and guess what it was? AN INSTANT POT!
PS – I’m not being compensated by the company to write this post. I truly enjoy using it and had to share my round steak cooking success. If you want to buy one, click on the link below today’s recipe.
Instant Pot Beef with peppers, tomatoes and pineapple in a sweet and spicy sauce.
15 minPrep Time
30 minCook Time
45 minTotal Time
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 pounds top round steak, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 2 large green peppers chopped
- 1 can pineapple chunks
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 can mild green chiles, small can
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Greek seasoning
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon water
- Turn Instapot to saute on normal mode. Allow to heat up then add olive oil and onion and saute until tender, about 4 - 5 minutes. Stir often to keep from burning.
- Season top round steak with salt and pepper, then add to the pot and brown for 4 - 5 minutes, stirring often.
- Add green pepper, pineapple, diced tomatoes, diced chilis and greek seasoning and stir together.
- Turn the Instapot off, then turn to Stew setting for 15 minutes.
- Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl.
- Use Quick Release to relieve pressure, then add cornstarch mixture to the pot while continuously stirring to thicken the liquids into a sauce.
- Serve with noodles, brown rice, zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash.
Food energy: 405kcal
Weight Watchers Smart Points 9
Saturated fatty acids: 3.91g
Monounsaturated fatty acids: 6.45g
Polyunsaturated fatty acids: 1.06g
Total fat: 11.42g
Calories from fat: 102
Carbohydrate, by difference: 20.81g
Total dietary fiber: 4.06g
Total lipid (fat): 12.42g
Total sugars: 11.90g
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FYI – you can buy the Instant Pot for under $130 and it’s worth every penny for the versatility and convenience.
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