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Sweet-and-Sour Beef Stew Recipe

Sweet-and-Sour Beef Stew Recipe

This chunky meal in a bowl makes terrific use of nutrient-packed vegetables. It has a deliciously sweet and tangy taste. —Frances Conklin, Grangeville, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 8 hours YIELD:8 servings


  • 2 pounds beef top round steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 4 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 large green pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup canned pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Hot cooked rice, optional


  • 1. In a large skillet, brown beef in oil in batches; drain. Transfer to a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the tomato sauce, onions, carrots, green pepper, pineapple, vinegar, brown sugar, corn syrup, chili powder, paprika and salt; pour over beef.
  • 3. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until beef is tender. Serve with rice if desired.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled stew in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little broth or water if necessary. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup (calculated without rice): 290 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 465mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 3g fiber), 28g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 starch, 1/2 fat.

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heart4asia User ID: 4883587 219555
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2015

"Loved this! Didn't have corn syrup so used honey and date syrup. Also didn't have paprika so just left that out. So good. Will make again with pork or maybe chicken. This is a keeper."

Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 218320
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2015

"Made this today & it's delicious! I used 2 lbs. of beef stew meat in order to save time. Also, since I got it started late, I cooked it on high for 3 hrs., then reduced it to low for 3 hrs. Worked great! Cut the chunks large as I thought the veggies got a little too soft. But, that was my fault. Will make often!"

lenfinger User ID: 1357210 217233
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2015

"Just got this into the crockpot for tonight's dinner, so haven't tasted it yet, but I'm sure it's wonderful! My corn syrup was disgusting--must have gotten old, I don't use it often--so I substituted maple syrup (the real stuff, not Aunt Jemima). I also added some celery for extra texture and crunch."

raysue User ID: 3126582 191531
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2014

"I loved the flavor with the sweet and sour blend. Yummy!"

jchockley User ID: 6742397 178956
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2012

"My husband and I really enjoyed this meal. Our kids liked it, but not as much as the adults."

pixie9999 User ID: 2561170 178016
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

"this was very tasty, but a bit too sweet, will leave out the corn syrup next time. I served it over egg noodles and added cabbage. It is similar to swiss steak, but tangier."

bitzee User ID: 6238972 178955
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2011

"I'm sorry I rated this before,which is accurate, but this just got better the next day!!! It really deserves 2 rating's! My thought's keep coming back to this recipe...I can't wait to make it again!"

bitzee User ID: 6238972 194943
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2011

"i made it out of venison stew meat and marinated in some wine,worchester sauce and a rub 4 two hrs. prior. then when browning added a little kitchen bouquet. i added snow pea's and a half a can of bean sprout's and 1/2 can more of tomato sauce . my husband,daughter and son-in-law thought it was out of this world!!!she want's the recipe now. This has gone into our recipe box to be made many more times!!!! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!!! I definitely will be looking for your recipes in the future!!!!Keep up the good work!!"

smstillinger User ID: 3094333 123640
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"This stew was just OK. The kids didn't like it. I don't think I will make it again."

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