Sweet-Sour Beef Recipe
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Sweet-Sour Beef Recipe

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Pasta lovers will savor this sweet and sour specialty over noodles. Chock-full of tender beef, sliced carrots, green pepper and onion, this stew-like sauce from Beth Husband of Billings, Montana is also a hit over rice.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 7 hours
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 7 hours
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 2 pounds beef top round steak or boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 2 cups sliced carrots
  • 2 cups pearl onions or 2 small onions, cut into wedges
  • 1 large green pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Hot cooked pasta

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 207 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 328mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 18g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, brown steak in oil; transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the next 10 ingredients; stir well.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until meat is tender. Thicken cooking liquid if desired. Serve with pasta. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Sweet-Sour Beef in Quick Cooking July/August 2000, p53

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4angels9798 User ID: 6476419 78582
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2014

"I have been looking for this ! I found this recipe in the quick Cooking Magazine back in 2000, I have been a long time subscriber. My daughter always loved this. I have also been trying to use my molasses and thought of this recipe. SOOO lucky to find this after 14 some odd years. Love this website."

gregandlory User ID: 6527082 74185
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2013

"Smelled too strong of molasses so I didn't think we were going to like it. But...we did like it, LOL. Didn't have the strong smell when warmed up."

ab94chiefs User ID: 1027495 80272
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2011

"Served over white rice with sweet corn on the side. Perfect transition from summer into fall dish. Used up some molasses too!"

Jencooks4family User ID: 5853922 27283
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2011

"Made this in the crockpot last night. Turned out better than expected. I'm feeding 2 men and myself and had barely any for leftovers. Double the recipe and servce on top of brown rice with steamed broccoli. I may add a little less of the molasses next go around, just because it was a hint too sweet. But overall, this is a very tasty and gluten free dish!"

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