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Sweet-and-Sour Beef

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.

Makes

4 servings

This healthful stir-fry recipe is a family favorite. I've used a variety of meats and apples and sometimes replace the green onion with yellow onion. No matter what tweaks I make, it always tastes great. —Brittany McCloud, Kenyon, MN
Sweet-and-Sour Beef Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 pound beef top sirloin steak, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 large green pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 medium tart apples, chopped
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions, divided
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • Hot cooked rice, optional

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water until smooth. Sprinkle beef with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet or wok coated with cooking spray, heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium-high heat. Add beef; stir-fry 2-3 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove from pan.
  2. In same skillet, stir-fry peppers and apples in remaining oil for 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup green onions; stir-fry 1-3 minutes longer or until peppers are crisp-tender. Remove from pan.
  3. Add brown sugar and vinegar to skillet; bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Stir cornstarch mixture and add to pan. Return to a boil; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Return beef and pepper mixture to pan; heat through. If desired, serve with rice. Sprinkle with remaining green onion.

Nutrition Facts

1-1/2 cups (calculated without rice): 389 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 663mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (46g sugars, 4g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • Maria
    Feb 19, 2021

    Very tasty!

  • buffcoat
    Oct 29, 2017

    This recipe was terrible. I am very annoyed that I wasted all the money on these ingredients and not one of my family of five enjoyed it. Taste of Home used to be my favorite website for recipes, but no longer. I've tried too many bad or just ok recipes lately. I don't know how anyone could give this recipe 5 stars. Don't waste your time and money on this recipe!!!

  • buffcoat
    Oct 29, 2017

    This recipe was terrible. I am very annoyed that I wasted all the money on these ingredients and not one of my family of five enjoyed it. Taste of Home used to be my favorite website for recipes, but no longer. I've tried too many bad or just ok recipes lately. I don't know how anyone could give this recipe 5 stars. Don't waste your time and money on this recipe!!!

  • NoodleNel
    Oct 28, 2015

    This was delicious. A big hit with family.

  • ktype
    Sep 29, 2015

    Very good.

  • mjbeagles
    Jan 31, 2014

    Loved this recipe. I also added one can of water chestnuts and 1 can of mini corn cobs for more variety. The apples provide a pleasant sweetness as well.

  • supermomof5girls
    Mar 11, 2010

    No comment left

  • trineer
    Jan 12, 2010

    I have 3 very picky boys, who all absolutely love this dish! It's become one of our family staples!

  • liz-z
    Jan 2, 2010

    I have made this recipe with steak, with chicken, with shrimp and with a combination of shrimp and chicken all came out tasting delicious. This one is a staple at my house!

  • cheychey41795
    Nov 18, 2009

    Perfect combination! I added pineapple and not apples, also added water chestnuts! Very tasty. Totally going to cook again:)