Tangy Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
A fabulous sauce, green pepper and pineapple chunks transform premade meatballs into something special. Serving them over rice makes for a satisfying main dish. —Ruth Andrewson, Leavenworth, Washington
Tangy Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 30 frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs (about 15 ounces)
  • 1 large green pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Hot cooked rice


  1. Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Add water to juice if needed to measure 1 cup; pour liquid into a large skillet. Add 1/3 cup water, vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar and cornstarch; stir mixture until smooth.
  2. Cook over medium heat until thick, stirring constantly. Add the pineapple, meatballs and green pepper.
  3. Simmer, uncovered, until heated through, about 20 minutes. Serve with rice.

Nutrition Facts

5 meatballs: 389 calories, 19g fat (8g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 682mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 2g fiber), 11g protein.