Tangy Sweet and Sour Meatballs

There are plenty of people who have strong opinions on pineapple in hot dishes (my children included) but I love it in these tangy sweet and sour meatballs!

Tangy Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Tangy Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Course Main Course
Servings 3
Calories 560 kcal


  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 9 meatballs (thawed)
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 each red, orange and green pepper, cut in 1” pieces
  • 1 can crushed pineapple, drained (8 oz)


  • Mix water, vinegar, soy sauce brown sugar and cornstarch in a bowl.  Set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a heavy pan.  Add meatballs and brown on all sides.
  • Pour in pineapple sauce and simmer meatballs, uncovered, for 10 minutes. 
  • Add peppers and pineapple. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until the meatballs have an internal temperature of 165℉.  Stir occasionally but gently so meatballs don’t break up. 
  • Add cornstarch mixture and heat until sauce thickens.
  • Hack:  Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze leftovers in serving-sized portions for up to 3 months.
Keyword easy, fast and easy, ground beef, meatballs, one pan meal, one pan recipe, one skillet meal, pineapple, quick and easy, sweet and sour

Did you know?  Beef has gotten a bad rap due to its high fat and cholesterol content but the health benefits make it a healthy addition to a balanced diet!

Suggestion:  Serve this over easy herbed Jasmine rice!

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