Pepper Steak

Recipe makes 4 servings.
Approximate Cook Time: 30 minutes
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Rating: 4.35
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1 pound(s) beef - flank, sirloin, or NY strip steak(s), about 1/2 inch thick
2 tablespoon(s) coconut oil, bacon drippings, lard or tallow
1 medium onion(s), yellow, sliced
2 medium bell pepper(s), green, sliced
1/4 cup(s) water
1/4 teaspoon(s) garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon(s) black pepper, freshly ground
4 large carrot(s), shredded


  1. Cut steak into 1/4-1/2 inch slices.
  2. Wash and prepare vegetables.
  3. Add oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add onions and cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until slightly translucent. Move to edges of pan.
  4. Place steak slices in hot pan and sear on each side, about 30 seconds.
  5. Stir in green peppers, water, and garlic salt. Cook another 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until vegetables are tender and meat is cooked to desired temperature.
  6. Season with black pepper and serve on a bed of raw, shredded carrots.

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  1. shaun

    Pretty tasty.

  2. Mamato4kids


  3. lildeb

    I must have missed something with this one. The steak came out chewy, pretty bland, and watery. I ended up draining out the water and adding more garlic salt, cumin, chili powder and paprika. Now I can say yummy!! However the steak was still kinda chewy, not sure if was because of the cut or just being over cooked, but at least it tasted good. Next time I think I will sear the steak whole with the spices, in a seperate pan. then let it rest, slice it and add it to the veggies or just serve it on top of the veggies, and add it last minute. This dish has great potential!!

  4. shane.oa


    I believe it was the water that did that. I’d say less water and to make sure you are using a thick enough round steak. I use thin cut sirloin because I had leftover meat and it also turned out chewy…But I still like a different texture every so often.

  5. Julia

    I thought olive oil was only okay to use as a dressing?
    Can you grill the stake vs. cooking on the stove?

    • Neely

      @Julia – Thanks for pointing that out. I thought we’d amended all the olive oil recipes, but I guess this one escaped us. I fixed it. And yes, you can always grill the steak vs. cooking on the stove.

  6. Mdosornia

    So are the carrots raw ?

    • Neely

      @Mdosornia – Yes, but you’re welcome to steam them if you’d like.

  7. Susiebell

    Needs more spices. Also, I even went and bought grass fed beef, and I also think was too chewy. Maybe a different cut of meat.

  8. Sandra

    I agree. If I make this again, I’ll use a different cut of meat. Every single time I’ve made anything with top round, ever ever, it comes out uninteresting. I think it’s the cut. (And for this recipe, I made the meat separately so I didn’t overcook it.) Could I use a pork butt steak or lamb shoulder steak?

  9. Eric

    Mine turned out perfectly I used a whole round steak. I added more sea salt and the steak was not chewy at all. It was a good cut from a local butcher. I enjoyed the crunch of the carrots.

  10. Zaquel

    Just made it aswell. Very chewy, the meat contained so much water it ‘semi-boiled’, making it very chewy. First of 20 of your recepies my girlfriend and i had to agree on wasnt in out taste – however i like the idea of serving a dish like This on a bed of carrots.

  11. MamaKai

    I used stirfry beef and marinated it with the garlic powder, salt and pepper for a couple of hours. Stirfried it with the onions in bacon drippings then added the peppers last. The beef was flavorful and tender and the veggies crisp and refreshing. Even my anti-paleo teen enjoyed it.

  12. wasatchCF

    Was kind of bland. Needs some more seasoning or a little coconut amino marinade. I would steam the carrots also- raw carrots under tender meat and onions didnt work well for me.

  13. JulieNowland

    We cooked the round steak in a crock pot until we could pull it apart easily with a fork (depending on size 2-4 hrs) then sautéed the veggie in fresh herbs (cilantro, white pepper and fresh lime juice) then ate it rolled up in butter lettuce leaves for a Mexican twist on Thai lettuce wraps

  14. Risrn25

    Following the recipe exactly creates a bland meal with chewy meat. Next time I will add other seasoning & choose a different cut of beef.


    Warm the carrots and coconut aminos.
    Gives it a nice Asian-style flavor we really enjoyed!

  16. deshazo19

    Definitely our least favorite recipe so far. Cooked per the directions, the meat is almost impossible to eat. Bland flavor, and just an odd mix of ingredients. Beef steak on a bed of raw carrots? There are a lot of good comments with alterations, and we’ll certainly try some of them if we ever attempt this recipe again. BTW, great site and recipes!… Just not this one.


    Agreed very chewy and bland. I added some coconut aminos and that made it somewhat tolerable. Ill definitely be taking this one off my list of things to make in the future.

  18. Sam

    Yeah! some of these are hit or miss. This one missed. But almost every other one has been amazing.

  19. Louise

    Not bad. Used garlic and put pepper and salt and some chilli powder over meat before cooking. Tasty but next time will steam the carrots.

  20. Tam

    I just made this tonight and it turned out perfectly! Just enough spices for me and oh, so tender! It did have a little too much liquid left though.

  21. Crystal

    We are new to paleo eating. The entire family loved it. Can’t wait to try more recipes.

  22. Karen M

    I made this for lunch and it was so really yummy. I served it with kale chips. Very impressed.

  23. Gaurav V

    I thought all the recipes were supposed to be delicious??? This one was pretty awful.

  24. Dan M

    This recipe sounds great, but as a lot of the comments above state the meat will come out chewy. The round steak is a tougher less tender cut with more connective tissue. I would suggest using Top Lion Steak or Tenderlion steak in place of the round steak. The round steak is better for a long slow cook.

    • Molly

      Dan M – You are absolutely right! We’ve updated the recipe.

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