Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe

Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs. Diana Rattray
  • 6 hrs 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 6 hrs
  • Yield: 4 Servings
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Sweet and sour meatballs are super easy to prepare and cook with a simple Asian-style sauce and pineapple.

These meatballs make an excellent appetizer or serve them as a main dish with hot boiled rice or Asian style noodles and a basic tossed salad.

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound ground beef (at least 85%)
  • 1 egg (slightly beaten)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce (low sodium) or low sodium tamari
  • 2 tablespoons fine plain bread crumbs or corn flake crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons onion (grated or finely minced)
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • For the Sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (low sodium)​ or low sodium tamari
  • 1 large sweet bell pepper (cut into 1-inch pieces)
  • 4 cups hot cooked rice

How to Make It

  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef with the beaten egg, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, the salt and pepper, 2 teaspoons of soy sauce, bread crumbs, and minced onion. Shape into 1 1/2 in meatballs.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, lightly brown meatballs in the vegetable oil. Drain well. If you prefer, you may also bake the meatballs in a foil-lined rimmed baking pan in a 350 F oven for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  1. Transfer the browned meatballs to slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl, combine vinegar, cornstarch, sugar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, and bell pepper; stir to blend. Pour over meatballs.
  3. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 7 hours.
  4. In the last 30 minutes of cooking, stir in pineapple with juice. If thicker juices are desired, combine more cornstarch with a little cold water and add, stirring, until thickened.
  5. Serve these sweet and sour meatballs with hot cooked rice or noodles.