Tangy Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Tangy Sweet and Sour Meatballs

¼ cup water

3 tbls apple cider vinegar

1 tbls soy sauce

½ cup brown sugar

3 tbls cornstarch

2 tbls 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.

3 servings, 560 calories per serving

Hack:  Freeze leftovers in serving sized portions for future use.


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6 Replies to “Tangy Sweet and Sour Meatballs”

  1. This is such a nice and different twist to the meatballs and I am loving it! I can see myself give this recipe a try with some rice or even noodles! Do you make the meatballs your self or you use the store bought? Also do you mix both beef and pork together? Cannot wait to give this recipe a try, gotta go to the store now 🙂 

    1. I make my own meatballs using this recipe.  I use just ground beef in them but I’m sure it would be equally good with a beef and pork mixture!  

  2. Hello Cynthia the great Chef, this is an awesome recipe you excited us all with. The appearance is really edible and most of the ingredients are really helpful for weight loss and diabetics. I know pepper has capsaicin very good for weight loss, bromelain for pineapples which are cool for diabetics. Have you thought about this? Moreover the Tangy Sweet and Sour Meatballs serve 560 calories per serving meaning it is also nice for women above 50 for weight maintenance since the threshold is 1800 calories per day. When I see soybean, olive oil, and vinegar, I feel safer. My curiosity lies with the sour nature of its name when I don’t find any citrus ingredients. Thanks for your meal. we shall enjoy munching.

    1. I don’t give a lot of thought to the individual health benefits of each food I put in my dish.  Instead, I try to keep my diet varied, using as many whole foods as possible, although I understand that many have specific health conditions that require them to keep a closer eye on specific foods.  In regard to the “sweet and sour” label, I find that the depth and variety of the soy sauce, vinegar and pineapple gives it a tangy sweet and sour flavor!   

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