Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: 4 dozen (8 to 12 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
291 Calories
10g Fat
31g Carbs
19g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 dozen (8 to 12 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 291
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 663mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Protein 19g
Calcium 65mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Pineapple flavors the sauce for this dish and chopped water chestnuts give the meatballs a little crunch. This dish is perfect for weeknight dinners when you want to have something that's a little on the tasty side. While this does take close to an hour to make, most of it is just waiting for the sauce to form. It's really easy and low maintenance and perfect for those nights where you don't want to go all-out in the kitchen but you do have time on your hands.


  • For the Meatballs:
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons water chestnuts (chopped)
  • 3/4 cup oats (quick)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce (reduced sodium)
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup beef bouillon
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce (reduced sodium)
  • 8 or 9 ounces pineapple (1 can tidbits, drained)
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper (green, chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine meatball ingredients.

  2. Shape into 1-inch balls and brown on all sides in oil.

  3. Drain and set aside.

To Cook the Sauce

  1. Combine sugar, beef bouillon, vinegar, cornstarch, and 2 teaspoons soy sauce in a large deep skillet or Dutch oven; bring to a boil.

  2. Boil sauce mixture until thickened; stir in pineapple, green pepper, and meatballs.

  3. Simmer for 30 minutes.