Sweet and Sour Ground Beef is a quick and easy dinner recipe that is ready in under 30 minutes. It’s hearty and delicious!
I always love an easy recipe for a main dish that can be thrown together in one pot. This sweet and sour beef recipe fits the bill. I got it years ago from a co-worker, and it kind of got lost in my recipe book. Thankfully, I discovered it a few months ago and whipped it up. It was a bit hit with my family!
If you like sweet and sour meatballs, you should give this recipe a try. It has similar flavor, but is much quicker to make. 🙂
How to Make Sweet and Sour Ground Beef
- ground beef (I like to use lean)
- medium sized onion
- green pepper
- can of pineapple tidbits or chunks (I like tidbits if they are available)
- brown sugar
- tomato sauce
- condensed tomato soup
The rice actually takes longer to cook than the sauce, so I start it first.
You’ll be happy to know that rest of the dish is made all in one skillet. Brown the beef and onion, then drain off any grease. Pour in the rest of the ingredients and simmer for a few minutes. That’s it!
-If you like your green peppers soft, add them before simmering. If you like them crunchy (like I do), stir them in right before serving.
-Feel free to use yellow or red peppers if that’s what you have. I like the color contrast of the green peppers, but all of them taste great. You can even use a combination if you prefer.
-We usually serve this over white or brown rice, but you could also serve it over hot cooked pasta or quinoa if you prefer.
How to store Sweet and Sour:
-Leftovers will keep well in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. I like to store the rice and meat mixture in separate containers, then add them to plates and heat up in the microwave.
-You can freeze the sauce, but I think it’s best to freeze it before adding the green peppers. They tend to turn a bit mushy in the freezer. Still edible, but not quite as fresh tasting. You can store it in an airtight container or freezer ziplock bag for up to 4 months.
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Ground Beef Sweet and Sour Recipe
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 1 15 oz can pineapple chunks, reserve juice
- 1/3 cup reserved pineapple juice
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 10 oz can condensed tomato soup
- 3 cups hot cooked white rice
- Brown ground beef in a large skillet with onion over medium high heat. Drain off any grease.
- Add remaining ingredients except rice. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
- Serve over hot cooked rice.
-If you like your green peppers crunchy, add them after the mixture has simmered. I prefer it that way.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 476 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 67mg Sodium: 553mg Carbohydrates: 72g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 41g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 26g
(originally published 9/23/13, updated December 2019)
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