I needed a recipe for beef tips and when I found this recipe I was prepared not to like this, mostly because of the way the beef is prepared ...simmered until tender, even if it was with other delicious flavors. However, I needed something quick and easy, something a little different than I normally serve, with items I had on hand. Gosh, this was good. Ole Sweetie-Pi, the beef lover, gave it two hearty thumbs up.
This is a good recipe if you're trying to cut back on meat. With one pound of beef, you can serve four people. You're going to have to like the flavor of green peppers, though. It's a predominate flavor along with the stewed tomatoes. The recipe calls for cutting the peppers into rings, which makes for a nice presentation, but not so easy to eat. I'd be inclined to save a couple of rings for decorative purposes and cut the peppers into large chunks. Same with the stewed tomatoes. I threw the can in whole, but next time will cut the tomatoes into at least halves if not fourths.
Leftovers were very good. The noddles had a chance to absorb some of the broth and I think I liked this even more the second day.
Pepper Steak with Stewed Tomatoes
1 pound sirloin tips cut in serving-sized pieces
2 tablespoons oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, diced finely
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup beef broth
1 14.5 ounce can stewed tomatoes, tomatoes broken up
1 large green bell pepper, cut into chunks
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Heat the oil in a skillet over medium low heat. Add the beef and brown, about 15 minutes. Add the onion and garlic and season with the salt and pepper. Add beef broth to the meat and cover and simmer over low heat, about 25 minutes, or until meat is tender. Add the tomatoes and green pepper; cook 10 minutes longer.
In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the cornstarch, water, and soy sauce. Stir well to make a slurry. Add to the meat mixture, stirring constantly, about five minutes to thicken the sauce. Add a pinch of sugar if desired. Adjust seasoning.
If sauce is too thick for your liking, add a small splash of water and stir. If it's not thick enough, make another batch of slurry (just water and cornstarch) and add in small amounts, allowing it to cook in between before adding more to determine how thick the sauce is going to be.