Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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Sweet and Sour Meatballs are a family favorite served over rice! Seasoned ground beef meatballs, tender crisp veggies and pineapple chunks are cooked in a sweet and tangy sauce.

This easy dish is one my whole family loves! We spoon these sweet & sour meatballs over rice and serve this dish with a fresh Cucumber Salad for a complete meal!

a large pot full of sweet and sour meatballs

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Looking for a quick and easy meal this week? Then this Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe is the perfect fit!

Everything can be prepped ahead of time so that when you get home you can simply assemble and cook! While the meatballs are cooking you can whip up the perfect pot of rice, a side salad and dinner is complete in less than an hour! To make things even better the meatballs are baked, not fried, for easy prep and fast clean up.

I make sweet and sour Grape Jelly Meatballs  and of course Sweet and Sour Chicken, this recipe is a combination of the two!

Sweet and Sour Meatballs cooked in a pot

How to Make Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Making these sweet and sour meatballs couldn’t be easier! While the meatballs are baking, I prep all of the veggies making this dish pretty quick!

  1. Combine meatball ingredients and roll into balls on a cookie sheet and bake.
  2. Saute the veggies till tender crisp, add the sauce and the meatballs.
  3. Simmer for about 5 minutes to combine all those scrumptious flavors.
  4. Thicken by creating a slurry and serve over rice!

I use peppers because they add great flavor (and they look gorgeous). You can add in your favorite veggies based on what’s in your fridge; mushrooms, baby corn, zucchini and water chestnuts are great choices too!

If you’d like to make this even faster, you can use frozen meatballs in place of homemade.

Bell peppers, onions and pineapple all prepped and ready to make Sweet and Sour Meatballs

How to Thicken Sweet and Sour Sauce: A slurry is a mixture of a thickening agent such as flour or cornstarch combined with cold water or broth. This mixture is used at the end of cooking time to thicken dishes like Beef StewChicken Stew or Easy Swiss Steak.

In this dish I mix equal parts cornstarch and water and stir into the bubbling sauce to thicken.

Can you Freeze Sweet and Sour Meatballs?

Yes, however a sauce thickened with cornstarch doesn’t always have the same consistency once defrosted (although it still tastes great). You can thicken the sauce on the stove while reheating using the same slurry mixture.

Sweet and sour meatballs served over a bed of white rice

You don’t need a lot to serve with dish since they’re already a complete meal on their own! My favorite thing to serve with sweet and sour meatballs is (obviously) rice but Chinese style egg noodles would be great too! I do love roasted broccoli or Sesame Ginger Snap Peas to round out the meal!

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Print Recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
 
Author: Holly
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Asian
Keyword: sweet and sour meatballs, sweet and sour sauce

Juicy homemade meatballs and tender crisp veggies in a sweet tangy sweet & sour sauce!  

Ingredients
Meatballs
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup bread crumb
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • cup minced onion
Veggies
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 orange pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons water
Sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ginger fresh, minced
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1.5 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 14 ounce can pineapple tidbits, juice reserved
Instructions
Meatballs
  1. Combine all meatball ingredients and mix together well. Form into 3/4 inch meatballs and place on a baking sheet.

  2. Bake meatballs at 350˚F for 20 minutes.

Assembly
  1. Whisk sauce ingredients (except cornstarch and water) and set aside.

  2. Cut veggies into 1 inch chunks, set aside.

  3. Cook onion until slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Add peppers and cook an additional 2-3 minutes.
  4. Stir in the undrained pineapple, meatballs and sauce mixture along with ¼ cup water. Simmer 5 minutes to allow flavors to combine.
  5. Create a slurry with the cornstarch and water and add just enough to thicken as desired. You may not need all of the slurry. Serve over rice.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 372, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 118mg, Sodium: 373mg, Potassium: 519mg, Carbohydrates: 24g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 12g, Protein: 24g, Vitamin A: 20.9%, Vitamin C: 62.9%, Calcium: 5.8%, Iron: 19.4%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Sweet and sour meatballs served over a bed of rice

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Holly

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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