Gluten Free Dairy Free Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs - Dump and Go Dinner

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Gluten Free Dairy Free Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs - Dump and Go Dinner

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6 Servings
15 Ingredients
6 Servings
15 Ingredients


  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 individual Egg
  • 1 cup dice Onion
  • 1 cup Bread Crumbs, Gluten Free
  • ½ cups Rice Vinegar
  • ½ cups Ketchup
  • ½ cups Brown Sugar
  • 2 cups Chunks Pineapple, Canned
  • 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce, Gluten Free
  • 1 cup dice Bell Pepper, Red
  • 1 cup dice Bell Pepper, Green
  • ⅛ teaspoons Salt
  • ⅛ teaspoons Black Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Cornstarch
  • ¼ cups Water



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    1. The recipe posted here is enough for one dinner. You can double this recipe to make two dinners. Or you can check out the printable serving cards out tomorrow and we can do the math for you!

  1. What if I want to skip the pineapple and sugar? How much will it affect the cooking part? Would I need to add additional water? Any suggestion is helpful :). Thanks!

  2. Thank you Heather for responding. I did add a combination of water and rice vinegar (extra) to skip the pinapple & juice. The recipe came out great. In fact, I realized too late that I didn’t even have cornstarch. So, I had no choice to skip that as well. The sauce thickened by itself…I’m thinking a meatball or two probably crumbled while cooking. Anyway, thank you for a wonderful recipe. It tasted great and the meatballs were SO tender. My 15 mo old twins enjoyed it too.

  3. This looks delicious! Do you think it work to cook the meatballs & pineapple mixture for 7-8 hours on low and then add the remaining ingredients when I get home? I work 9-5 Mon-Fri and would love to come home to this after a long day at work!

  4. Is it possible to add all the ingredients at once? I’m out of the house by 7:15-5pm & the kids want to eat ASAP when we get home.

    1. Cara, If I were you, I’d add the peppers in and wait to add the cornstarch mixture a couple of minutes before eating, turn the crockpot to high and leave the top off until you are ready to eat it. I think that will work fine!

  5. Yes Heather that worked just fine. Wow yummy supper. Even the kids loved it! Thank you so much. This is the 1st recipe I’ve tried since signing up on the weekend. Looking forward to more now!

  6. Just wanted to get back on here and let you know that one bag of liquid worked great. It was in there for exactly 4 hours. The peppers were probably not as crunchy as if they had been put in an hour before it was done, but they weren’t complete mush either. Honestly, I think when I do it again, I wouldn’t change a thing from before!!
    This recipe is a great one, thanks for sharing.

    1. Donna – IT is swap ready – however you have to type in the recipe title as “GFDF Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour” to locate. The system is sometimes tricky with “and” “&” and even commas! Thanks for checking!

  7. I really wanted to try this Recipe. Not only does it look delicious, it stated it was dairy free. Maybe you weren’t aware that egg is in the dairy category. My son is highly allergic. Is there something I could use in place of the egg? I would love to use this recipe. Thank you for your time.

    1. I’m sorry to hear your son has an egg allergy as well, K. You can replace the eggs using 1 tablespoon ground flax seed mixed with 3 tablespoons hot water or feel free to check out other suggestions for substitutes we’ve listed here: http://onceamonthmeals.com/goi… . And just to help clear up any confusion as you look through other gluten and dairy free recipes, eggs are not considered to be dairy. Dairy refers to the milk of animals such as cows, goats and sheep and the byproducts made from that milk. Here’s an article from The Huffington Post I found to be helpful and rather interesting if you would like to read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/… .

    2. Dairy refers to items that contain cow’s milk. Or in vegan circles, it can be used to items containing any animal milks. Eggs are often confused for dairy items because most grocery stores stock them in the “Dairy section.” But eggs do not come from cows or any mammal lactation product, and thus are not dairy. I only mention this so that you can effectively search recipes as anything labeled “Dairy free” may still contain eggs in any cookbook or website.

  8. Am I missing something? How can this be gluten free when it calls for bread crumbs? If it means “gluten free breadcrumbs” then it needs to say that. Some people that aren’t familiar with gluten free cooking might think it’s ok to use regular breadcrumbs.

    1. Cindi, we appreciate you pointing this out to us! The recipe accidentally got altered in our system, but is now back to itโ€™s original state, and truly gluten free.

    1. I’m sure you could, but not sure if it would lose some of the liquid/juice. If you try it, please let us know how it turns out!

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