Make your slow cooker do all the work with this easy Crock Pot Round Steak! Throw all the ingredients together in your crock pot, walk away, and come back to tender round steak, mushrooms, and onions in a rich beef gravy.
This post was developed in partnership with the Ohio Beef Council. As always, all opinions are my own.
I’m pretty certain round steaks don’t make many people’s “Favorite Steak” list. It wouldn’t be my first pick for throwing on the grill or sizzling in a cast iron skillet for date night.
However, after receiving several packages of round steaks in our annual purchase of a side of beef, I’ve learned how to treat a round steak right and have developed quite an appreciation for this affordable cut of beef.
Round Steak: An Underrated cut of beef
Round steak is a lean cut of beef that comes from the hind leg of the cow. It’s generally a tougher cut of meat, because it has a lot of connective tissue and not much fat. Round steaks can be found as top round, bottom round, or eye of round steaks with or without the bone.
What are round steaks good for?
Round steak’s tougher texture makes them a great candidate for slow cooking in lots of moisture. Cooking them slowly at a low temperature allows the fat to break down, resulting in tender, flavorful beef.
They can also be sliced very thin and stir fried (like in this Steak Stir Fry), or look for cubed round steak to make battered Chicken Fried Steak.
The top round is typically more tender than the other cuts, making it better for pan frying. However, any cut will work just fine for round steak in the crock pot!
How to Make Crock Pot Round Steak
This is about as easy as it gets, folks. This recipe only requires 6 ingredients, and makes a nice rich gravy without using any canned soups!
- Before doing anything else, turn your slow cooker onto high! Preheating the slow cooker before you add any ingredients to it cuts down on cooking time and allows all your flavorful ingredients to heat up faster.
- Next, slice up a yellow onion and 8 ounces white mushrooms.
- Spread half the onions and mushrooms on the bottom of a slow cooker, followed by 1.5 pounds of round steak. Sprinkle the steaks with a package of onion soup mix, flipping them over to coat both sides with the seasoning.
- Spread the remaining onions and mushrooms on top, then pour in beef broth.
- Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for 8 hours, or until the meat reaches 160 degrees. Try not to peek, as it extends the cooking time! Remove about 1/4 cup of the juices from the crock pot. Whisk in 3 Tablespoons cornstarch to form a slurry. Stir the slurry back into the slow cooker, turn the heat up to high, and continue to cook another 15-20 minutes, or until juices are thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
What to Serve with Slow Cooker Round Steak
I grew up eating this kind of hearty, simple fare, so this really feels like home to me. This is the perfect meal to throw together on a busy day. During a hectic school night, it’s wonderful to know a comforting dinner is ready and waiting for us to enjoy.
I like to keep things simple and serve this round steak with my easy Creamy Mashed Potatoes, which are the perfect vehicle for sopping up all the delicious juices and gravy. You can also serve this with pasta, rice, or fluffy dinner rolls.
On especially busy nights, I throw a bag of frozen steamable veggies in the microwave for another side, but if I have more time, I love making these Garlic Green Beans.
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Round Steak in the Crock Pot
This Slow Cooker Round Steak uses the power of the crock pot to deliver tender steaks in a rich mushroom and onion gravy.
- 1.5-2 pounds round steak
- 1 package onion soup mix
- 1 large yellow onion, sliced
- 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
- 2 cups low sodium beef broth
- 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat the slow cooker while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
- Spread half the onions and mushrooms on the bottom of a slow cooker, followed by the steaks. Sprinkle the steaks with the onion soup mix, flipping them over to coat both sides with the seasoning.
- Spread the remaining onions and mushrooms on top, then pour in the beef broth.
- Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. Remove about 1/4 cup of the juices from the crock pot. Whisk in the cornstarch to form a slurry. Stir the slurry back into the slow cooker, turn the heat up to high, and continue to cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, another 15-20 minutes, or until juices are thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 528Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 204mgSodium: 566mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 73g
Please note nutritional information for my recipes is calculated by a third party service and provided as a courtesy to my readers. For the most accurate calculation, I always recommend running the numbers yourself with the specific products you use.
I’m also wondering about using an instapot and frozen round steak, any suggestions?
I couldn’t find round steak so am trying with sirloin instead. Has anyone used that cut of meat before?
Hi forgot to put this in when I woke up, will it still be good if I cook it in high?
I just made this, and it was delicious. I added some beef Better Than Bouillon and really amped up the beef flavor. I try to cook smaller portion, so I use s 2 qt crockpot. Everything fit well and came out perfect. This is now on my favorites list
Hello Courtney! I’m looking forward to trying this recipe. If I double the recipe can it cook in the crockpot for the same amount of time? Or does it need to cook for longer?
Hey Abbey! I think you should be able to double it and cook for the same amount of time. The only thing I’m unsure about is how it will thicken when doubled. I’m *pretty sure* doubling the cornstarch will work, but I haven’t tested it myself, so I’m not 100%.
I found this recipe thru my SuperCook app and made it yesterday. I put chunks of sweet potatoes and green beans in the bottom of the crockpot and then everything else as per the recipe on top. Scooped out the veggies and meat when finished, made the gravy in a saucepan because I’m too impatient and all was soooo delicious! Thanks for an easy, great recipe.
Cut my steak into strips against the grain and cooked on low for 5.5hrs. Turned out perfect
Could I use sirloin steak in this recipe?
I think the texture would be quite different, but it might work. I’ve never tried sirloin in the slow cooker before. If you experiment, let me know how it goes!
Looks great! Only have tenderize round steak, can I use that?
Do you mean cubed steak? I probably wouldn’t use that in this recipe, as I think it will fall apart during the long cooking time.
I made this for dinner last night. It was delicious. Meat was very tender. I added extra mushrooms and broth for extra gravy. Will definitely make this again. Thanks for sharing a easy recipe that tastes great!
As we don‘t use slow cooker, what temperature is recommended?
You should be able to do 300 degrees for the same amount of time as the “high” recommendation in the crock pot.
Have you ever added small round yellow potatoes? I’m using those but not sure when to put them in. Any suggestions?
I would probably add them in the beginning since they usually take awhile to cook through!
Just put everything in the crockpot for tomorrow! I got all the items ( minus the onion soup mix) on the Flashfood app today for $12! I just googled what I could do with eye of round steaks in a crockpot and came across this recipe! Thank you and looking forward to having this meal with some mashed potatoes tomorrow.
I wish I knew how much broth yo add.
Hi Vicki! You can find that in the recipe at the bottom of the post- 2 cups! 🙂
Made this yesterday, and it was wonderful. I put it all together the night before except for the mushrooms. Wasn’t sure how they would be in the liquid over night. Served it with mash potatoes and veggies. Husband said to make sure I keep this recipe. Thanks for sharing!!
So glad you enjoyed the round steak recipe!
Do I need to cut the meat into chunks? The picture looks as if the round steak has been cut, but nothing about that in the instructions. Thank you!
My round steaks were already portioned into single serving steaks. I didn’t cut them up any further, but you can cut into smaller chunks if you prefer!
My go to recipe! Love this comfort food!
Could you do this with a roast?
I think you could, but the texture would be quite different. Roasts tend to fall apart after a long day in the slow cooker, so it wouldn’t keep its shape like a steak.
How long wouod it take for frozen steak?
This was a hit with my picky husband! Thanks so much!
Anyone know how you would adjust the cooking time for an Instant Pot?
Read all the great comments and can’t wait to try. If you’re counting carbs can you substitute a packet of gravy for the cornstarch? We’ll be putting ours over steamed cauliflower. Thanks for the recipe because I just inherited 6 lbs. of round steak. 🙂
I’ve never tried this with a packet of gravy so I’m really not sure! Sorry I can’t be more helpful on this one.
Making this today for tomorrow. Can’t wait to try it! I’ll update tomorrow…
I loved this recipe! I came home from work to a delicious smelling house. Served with mashed potatoes . I will definitely fix it again. Thank you
Wonderful! I’m so glad you enjoyed the crock pot round steak! Thanks so much for coming back to let me know!
Yes, I add the onion soup mix at the beginning.
Did you add the gravy packet at the beginning?
Can I add a gravy packet instead of cornstarch?
Made it. Was yummy and tender. Served with noodles and green veggie.
I’m so glad you enjoyed the Crock Pot Round Steak! Thanks for coming back to let me know!
How long would I have to cook it on high?
4-5 hours should work!
No beef broth so can I use water
The meat would cook in water, but the sauce and meat probably won’t be very flavorful. Chicken broth or vegetable broth could be substituted if you have either of those! You could also try half beef/half water if you have beer on hand.