Sweet-Sour Beef

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 7 hours


8 servings

Updated: Feb. 10, 2022
I like to serve this sweet and sour dish over pasta shells and then garnish each serving with fresh chives. Chock-full of tender beef, sliced carrots, green pepper and onion, it is so hearty and delicious. —Beth Husband, Billings, Montana
Sweet-Sour Beef Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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 or egg noodles
  • Thinly sliced green onion, optional


  1. 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.
  2. Cover and cook on low until meat is tender, 7-8 hours. If desired, thicken cooking liquid. Serve with pasta. If desired, top with green onions.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 302 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 641mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 3g fiber), 27g protein.

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