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Sweet-and-Sour Beef with Broccoli

Our Test Kitchen recreated the classic Chinese beef and broccoli dish using a beautiful variety of colorful veggies and inexpensive ground beef. Serve over rice noodles--which you can find in the Asian section of your grocery store--for a change from regular rice.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened pineapple tidbits
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2-1/2 cups uncooked instant rice
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, julienned
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)


  • Drain pineapple, reserving juice; set pineapple aside. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch, broth, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and reserved juice until blended; set aside.
  • Cook rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, stir-fry the broccoli, mushrooms, red pepper and water chestnuts in oil for 3-5 minutes or until crisp-tender; remove and set aside. In the same pan, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
  • Stir cornstarch mixture and add to the skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in the reserved vegetable mixture and pineapple; heat through. Serve with rice.

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  • susanhicks1
    Aug 7, 2013

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  • meghabs
    Nov 8, 2010

    Not very flavorful, and did not taste at all like sweet and sour. I do not recomend this recipe.

  • Joleen018
    Apr 7, 2010

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  • ssminn23
    Mar 20, 2010

    Our family loved this dish! It's easy and healthy and the kids enjoyed it. I can't ask for more than that!

  • amys83
    Feb 23, 2010

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  • zadok
    Feb 13, 2010

    It was bland and will not try again.

  • RD2Cook
    Jan 28, 2010

    There are so many flavorful components of this recipe, so it was a surprise to find the taste was unbelievably bland. Not bad but not worth keeping.

  • alifoxx
    Jan 22, 2010

    This is a great recipe and easy to make. I used the pineapple juice but didn't add the tidbits and it still tasted great!

  • MargeAZ
    Jan 21, 2010

    Sweet-and-sour dishes are normally made with chicken or pork. I would substitute cut-up chicken breast for the ground beef.

  • Virginia Acors
    Jan 21, 2010

    The ground beef didn't work well. Tried it again with thinly sliced beef round steak. It was much better, but still not as "sweet" as it could be. Might try again, sometime, though.