These slow cooker sweet and sour meatballs are an absolutely amazing dish and well worth the time and effort involved with preparing them.
Sweet and sour is one of my favorite types of dish! There are just so many variations that you’re able to do. This recipe takes you through the steps to making a delicious meatball dish.
This dish looks quite complicated because we need to make the meatballs and the sweet and sour sauce from scratch. You can always prepare this dish a bit faster by buying pre-packed varieties such as frozen meatballs or packet sauce. The downside to packet food is that it doesn’t nearly taste as good and typically contains lots of additives.
If you have a bit of extra time towards the end of cooking then you should certainly try this dish with some rice, noodles or anything else you feel like having with it.
Make sure you don’t throw any leftovers out as they will reheat really well the next day. This makes it great if you need an easy lunch or dinner. It should keep fine for a few days in the fridge as long as it’s stored correctly.
If you want to see how to make this amazingly good slow cooker dinner recipe, then be sure to check out the video below. It will take you through everything there is to know for getting this dish prepared and into the slow cooker.
Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe
1 onion, finely diced
1 tsp. garlic, crushed
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 Tbsp. parsley, chopped (Fresh or Dried)
Salt & Pepper
Sweet & Sour Sauce
1 Large Red/green bell pepper, quartered
1 onion, quartered
1 carrot peeled & sliced
1 tsp. Ginger, crushed
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
4 Tbsp. Ketchup
2 Tbsp. Soy sauce
2 Tbsp. Cornstarch
2 Tbsp. Water
Roll the mix into balls. (2 Tbsp. each should give you nicely sized balls)
In a fry-pan over medium heat, brown the meatballs and then put to the side.
In the slow cooker, mix together the brown sugar, ketchup, ginger, apple cider vinegar, pineapple juice and lastly the soy sauce.
Add the meatballs, bell pepper, pineapple pieces, onion and the carrot.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for about 4 hours.
Just before you go to serve, mix together the water and cornstarch until it forms a paste.
Add the paste into the slow cooker and mix until well combined.
Allow to cook for about 15 minutes to help cook out the cornstarch.
Serve & Enjoy
You can add more vegetables to the sweet and sour sauce if you’re looking to add more to this dish. Button mushrooms, water chestnuts are just a couple of great vegetables that you’re able to add to this delicious recipe.
If you don’t mind a super runny sauce, then you don’t need to add the cornstarch. Unfortunately, one side effect of slow cookers is their tendency to be very soupy because the cooking method doesn’t allow moisture to evaporate.
You can swap out the beef mince for a different type of meat. For example pork or even chicken will go really well in this dish but it’s totally up to you.
If you’re curious about how much of an impact these delicious sweet and sour meatballs will have on your diet then you can find all the nutritional information below. Keep in mind this doesn’t include any extras that you might have with the meatballs such as rice.
As I mentioned above there are other variations that you’re able to do with this incredibly tasty slow cooker dinner recipe. If you’re a lover of pork, then you should certainly give the easy slow cooker sweet and sour pork a go too. Alternatively, you can swap the beef mince for pork mince and you will lovely pork meatballs in this recipe.
I hope that you enjoy this slow cooker sweet and sour meatballs recipe. If you have any feedback, tips or anything else that you would like to ask or say then please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.