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Gluten Free Dairy Free Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Holiday parties are sometimes a source of stress when you are on a restricted diet.  I know that I always have one eye on my daughter to make sure she is not going to eat something and pay for it later!  These meatballs are a wonderful dinner but can also be taken in a crock pot to a holiday party.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Sweet & Sour Meatballs


by mindy @ onceamonthmeals.com, adapted


  • 28 ounce package frozen meatballs (gluten free dairy free) or make your own
  • 15 ounce can pineapple tidbits, drained
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, cut into chunks
  • 0.5 cup ketchup
  • 0.5 cup vinegar (cider or white)
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons gluten free soy sauce
  • 0.5 cup brown sugar
  • 8 ounces water chestnuts, chopped


Place meatballs in crockpot.  Combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl and pour over meatballs.  Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Freezing Directions:

Can be frozen before placing in crockpot.  Place all ingredients in freezer bag.  Remove as much air as possible, label, and seal.  To serve:  Thaw.  Place contents of bag in crockpot.  Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Servings:  4

**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann

10 Responses to “Gluten Free Dairy Free Sweet and Sour Meatballs”

  1. Lori B. says:

    Excellent! Tip: If you kids are still struggling with “real” food, when you make meatballs, pulverize the veggies in the food processor or a blender with water/strain after to hide the texture. THEN pulse the ground meat a few times too to make the texture more processed feeling. Kinda weird, but if you are trying to make the transition from processed food to real food, so kids… mine included made the switch easier when they only had to deal with a tast difference not both taste and texture. LOVE these recipes for freezing! :)

  2. MIssy says:

    Just an FYI regarding making GF meatballs. I have used oats that I have pulverized in the food processer in place of GF Breadcrumbs (which are SO expensive). IT give a nice texture and moisture to the meatballs.

    • Tricia says:

      GREAT idea Missy, thanks for sharing.

    • Mikayla says:

      Pretty sure that oats contain gluten?? Coming from a gluten and dairy free person :-)
      This site is amazing by the way…:-D

      • mindy says:

        Cross contamination is a problem with oats. So, yes, when we prepare a recipe with oats we always do recommend using certified gluten free oats. It is always my policy to check all labels, as manufacturers often make changes. Glad to hear you are enjoying the site!

  3. Holly U says:

    I made a gluten-full version of this last night. Used a bag of frozen stir fry veggies instead of an onion and green pepper, so I could include more veggies without actually making a side dish. This was pretty sweet for my family, but is a total winner. I’ll make it again with more ‘sour’.

  4. Melissa says:

    If I’m using your recipe to make my own meatballs, should I cook them first and then freeze them so they are already cooked when they go in the crockpot?

    • mindy says:

      Yes, I would cook and freeze them first. If you don’t want to freeze them first, I would just lessen your cooking time so they don’t get overcooked. Enjoy!

  5. Steph X says:

    Can you put chicken with it? X

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