Waikiki Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Dee Stillwell


I have taken these to potlucks alot, and have heard "These are the best sweet and sour meatballs I have ever had" many many times. This recipe makes a 6 qt crock pot full of meatballs, which is alot for smaller families so this recipe can be cut in half if you like..but we love them as leftovers in our house. This is a family favorite.
I use this same sauce when I make sweet & sour chicken, pork, etc. Another version I make is porcupine meatballs by adding cooked rice to the meatball mixture...and serving over steamed white or brown rice. Enjoy!


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30 Min
1 Hr 10 Min
Stove Top



  • 3 lb
    lean ground beef
  • 1 1/2 c
    bread crumbs, dry or cracker crumbs
  • 1 c
    milk, add a lil' more if mixture seems too dry after mixing
  • 3 large
    eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 c
    soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp
  • 3/4 tsp
    white pepper
  • 1 medium
    onion, grated or finely chopped
  • 6 large
    cloved garlic, finely minced
  • 1 - 2 inch
    knob of fresh ginger, grated

  • 2 - 21 oz can(s)
    pineapple chunks or tidbits, drain & add juice to the sauce. add pineapple in last with veggies
  • 2 can(s)
    sliced water chestnuts
  • 2 c
    carrots, sliced diagonally
  • 4 fresh
    bell peppers, 2 red & 2 green, seeded & cut into 3/4 " pieces
  • 1 very large
    or 2 medium onions, peeled & cut in 3/4 " pieces
  • 2/3 c
    cider vinegar
  • 1/2 c
    soy sauce
  • 3/4 c
    brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 3/4 c
    granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp
    yellow mustard
  • 1/3 c
    cornstarch dissolved in cold water

How to Make Waikiki Sweet & Sour Meatballs


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large cookie sheet with foil. Mix all meatball ingredients together and form into 1 1/4 inch balls. Bake on cookie sheet for 30-35 minutes or until done and browned.
  2. While meatballs are baking, prepare the vegetables and mix all the sauce ingredients together. In a large dutch oven, add all sauce ingredients except vegetables & cornstarch. Bring to a boil and reduce heat.
  3. Add meatballs, cover and simmer for 20 minutes, adding a little water if needed. Add carrots, onion, peppers, water chestnuts and pineapple tidbits. simmer for 10-15 minutes or until veggies are crisp tender.
  4. Stir in cornstarch and cook for a few minutes until sauce is thickened. If too thick add a little water. If too thin add a little more dissolved cornstarch. Cook until thick enough. Serve over steamed rice. Enjoy!
  5. This recipe makes a large dutch oven full of meatballs. It can be cut in half or thirds for smaller families. You can also cook this in a slow cooker but it is harder to get the veggies to not get overdone. I usually cook this on the stove top and then put in the slow cooker on warn if serving it on a buffet or at a pot luck.

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About Waikiki Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Hashtags: #sweet #Meatballs #sour

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