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Slow Cooker Hawaiian Beef

Makes 6 servings(1 1/3-cup)Slow Cooker Recipes from AlansKitchen.com

Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: LOW for 7 to 9 hours, or on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 - cup firmly packed brown sugar

  • 1/3 - cup cider vinegar

  • 1 - can (8-ounce) pineapple chunks, drained, reserve juice

  • 3 - Tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 - teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic

  • 2 - Tablespoons butter

  • 1 1/2 - pounds beef round steak, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces, trimmed

  • 1 - cup baby-cut carrots, halved crosswise

  • 1 - large (1 cup) onion, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 3 - Tablespoons cornstarch

  • 3 - Tablespoons cold water

  • 1 - large (2 cups) green bell pepper, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • Hot cooked rice, if desired

  • Green onion slices, if desired

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, vinegar, reserved pineapple juice, soy sauce and garlic. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Set aside.

  2. In a 12-inch skillet, melt 1 Tablespoon butter until sizzling.  Add half of steak pieces.  Cook over medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until browned.  Place steak pieces in slow cooker. Repeat with remaining butter and steak pieces.  Add carrots and onion to slow cooker.  Pour pineapple juice mixture over vegetables.

  3. Cover and cook on LOW heat setting for 7 to 9 hours, or on HIGH heat setting for 3 to 4 hours or until meat is tender.  Increase heat setting to HIGH.  Dissolve cornstarch in cold water in small bowl.  Stir cornstarch mixture, pineapple chunks and green pepper into beef mixture.  Cover and continue cooking 30 minutes or until green pepper is crisply tender and juices are thickened.  Serve over hot cooked rice and garnish with green onions, if desired.

Alanís Kitchen Tip
- Tougher, less expensive cuts of meat are perfect to use in the slow cooker.  The slow cooking process breaks down tough connective tissue, making the meat tender.  The tougher cuts are more flavorful than the more tender pieces, especially if browned first before adding to other ingredients.  And the long cooking time brings out the full flavor of the less expensive cuts.

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