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Sweet-Sour Beef

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


  • 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


  • In a large skillet, brown steak in oil over medium-high heat; transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the next 10 ingredients; stir well.
  • Cover and cook on low until meat is tender, 7-8 hours. If desired, thicken cooking liquid. Serve with pasta.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 207 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 328mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 18g protein.

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  • Anita
    Oct 14, 2017

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  • 4angels9798
    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
    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.

  • Preparing 4 Rain
    Nov 28, 2011

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  • ab94chiefs
    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
    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!