Sweet and Sour Meatballs With Pineapple

Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Diana Rattray
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 50 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
488 Calories
22g Fat
34g Carbs
37g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 488
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 153mg 51%
Sodium 671mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Protein 37g
Calcium 88mg 7%
*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.)

The tangy sauce for these sweet and sour meatballs is flavored with pineapple, bell pepper strips, and celery.

Serve the meatballs with rice and steamed broccoli, green beans, or carrots.


  • 1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • dash pepper
  • 2 cups water, divided
  • 1 pound lean ground beef, at least 85%
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut in strips
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut in strips
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks

Steps to Make It

  1. In large mixing bowl, combine bread crumbs with minced onion, salt, pepper, and 1/2 cup water. Add ground beef and egg. Shape beef mixture into 16 meatballs.

  2. Brown the meatballs slowly in a large skillet over medium-low heat.

  3. When the meatballs are browned and cooked through, remove from the skillet and set aside. Cook celery and pepper strips in skillet for about 5 minutes. Add remaining water, vinegar, brown sugar, and soy sauce. Mix cornstarch with a little cold water then add to skillet; stir well and cook for about 4 minutes. Add meatballs and pineapple. Cook until heated through.

  4. Serve with hot cooked rice or noodles, along with steamed broccoli or green beans.

Recipe Variation

  • Meatballs may also be baked. Heat oven to 350 F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet or roasting pan with foil and place cake cooling rack in the pan. Arrange the meatballs on the rack and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until cooked through and nicely browned.