Paleo Sweet and Sour Meatballs

These delicious Paleo friendly meatballs are so simple to whip up and are a flavour sensation- Sweet, salty, sour and spicy- Perfect for food prep and easy weeknight meals! 

Paleo Sweet and Spicy Meatballs- These paleo friendly meatballs are a flavour SENSATION! Sweet, salty, spicy and sour- Guaranteed winner for the whole family- Gluten free, low carb and high protein! @thebigmansworld

Operation ‘Paleo-fy Niki’s favourite recipes’ is going well. Thanks for asking.

Niki is picky when it comes to meat. Really picky. Her favourite forms of animal protein would probably be chicken McNuggets (and the actual meat content of that is all but questionable), cheeseburgers and the overly processed meatballs they serve at birthday parties. The ones where beef is the tenth ingredient. The TENTH ingredient.

Seeing as all the ingredients bar the beef would be paleo friendly, this was a slight challenge- but one which doable. Then the ever kind sister threw the spanner in the works- she wanted her favourite condiment- the sweet and sour sauce to compliment the meatballs. Sister of the year award right there.

Anyway- I decided to play around with some ingredients, adjust some sauces to get that happy balance- and dammit, I think I nailed it.

Paleo Sweet and Spicy Meatballs- These paleo friendly meatballs are a flavour SENSATION! Sweet, salty, spicy and sour- Guaranteed winner for the whole family- Gluten free, low carb and high protein! @thebigmansworld 

These meatballs are moist, flavourful and to be honest- I’m glad Niki demanded suggested the sweet and sour sauce- It takes it up a notch. This quick, easy and healthy meatball recipe will change the way you look at ground meat again- and leave you snubbing those birthday party treats.

Just kidding, you need to eat those to balance the vino.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs [Paleo, Gluten Free, Grain Free]

Paleo Sweet and Spicy Meatballs- These paleo friendly meatballs are a flavour SENSATION! Sweet, salty, spicy and sour- Guaranteed winner for the whole family- Gluten free, low carb and high protein! @thebigmansworld 

Paleo Sweet and Sour Meatballs

A delicious paleo friendly meatball recipe which gives the tastebuds a sweet and sour party!
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Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld



  • 1 kilogram ground beef Can sub for other ground meat
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 red bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 T red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour sifted
  • 1/2- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 eggs
  • Coconut oil for frying

Sweet and Sour Sauce

  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 T coconut aminos soy sauce substitute
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup tomato passata sauce
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 T orange juice
  • Coconut oil for frying


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground meat, minced garlic, diced bell pepper and diced onion. Add the salt, cumin and red pepper flakes and mix well.
  • In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and add to the mixture with the sifted coconut flour. Add the almond milk, 1/4 cup at a time until meat mixture is moist. Form mixture into golf sized meatballs and set aside.
  • Coat a large frying pan with coconut oil and once hot, add the meatballs to cover the pan in an even layer. Cook for 2-3 minutes, flip, and cook again for another 2-3 minutes. Continue the process until all the meatballs are cooked. Set aside.
  • In a large pot, add coconut oil and fry the garlic until fragrant. Add the coconut aminos, honey, tomato passata sauce, orange juice and red pepper flakes. Cook on low heat and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes. Once sauce has thickened, remove from heat.
  • In a large bowl, add the meatballs then pour the sauce evenly over until the meatballs are fully coated.
  • Serve immediately, or allow to cool


These meatballs can be refrigerated for up to a week or frozen for up to a month- however, it would be best to freeze the meatballs and the sauce separately.
Paleo Sweet and Spicy Meatballs- These paleo friendly meatballs are a flavour SENSATION! Sweet, salty, spicy and sour- Guaranteed winner for the whole family- Gluten free, low carb and high protein! @thebigmansworld

What is your favourite finger food at a party? 

How much chicken do you think are in McNuggets?

What McDonalds myths are infamous in your city? Here the famous one is that there is pig fat in the soft serve cones.

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63 thoughts on “Paleo Sweet and Sour Meatballs

  1. MC Donald myth: a customer once found a fried chicken head between her chicken nuggets. Yum!
    Do the meatballs taste a little spicy? Because you add a good amount of chili flakes. I hope so because I’m not the biggest fan of sweet (and sour) sauces but the spice would balance it out I guess.
    At parties here there is no finger good served. Only chips and pretzel sticks and snacks like this. BUT my dad made meat balls for one of my birthday parties, my 18th I think!! They were a hit!

    1. I’d still eat the chicken nugget…ooops 🙂

      YES…but- for my palates, it wasn’t spicy enough. I have an amazing salad dressing recipe you’d like- sriracha, peanut (or almond) butter, so sauce and red pepper flakes- thin out with milk/water.

      1. I don’t have sriracha but I will give this a go with a mix of tabasco and ketchup 😀 not sure if I’d like a spicy salad though. But I’ll try, hehe.

  2. Haha OMG don’t even talk to be about chicken nuggets from McDonalds- definitely a childhood favorite despite the amount of crap in it…BBQ sauce was a necessity! Did you ever hear the ‘rumour’ that McDonalds milkshakes contain chicken fat- it definitely put me off those otherwise cups of liquid deliciousness! Can’t wait to try recreating this at home- I’m going to try making it with chicken and oat flour instead of coconut flour…hopefully it turns out just as yum!

  3. No chicken in Chicken Nuggets maybe? That’s why I always eat my own chicken. 🙂

    Coconut Flour and ground beef. Now that is one #strangebutgood combo. Curious about Niki’s recap!

  4. I saw a Jamie Oliver show several years ago where he revealed how they process the meat in McDonald’s food- they basically take all the meat leftovers that aren’t really edible for humans, “wash” it in AMMONIA, and add fake flavor to make it taste like the real stuff. I haven’t eaten fast food since then.

  5. This recipe looks delish (I mean for my son since I don’t eat meat anymore lol). I just made him meatballs actually last night…We don’t have McDonald’s myths that I am aware of, however, there is very little chicken in those nuggets and the chicken they use we really don’t want to eat.But oh how I loved them as a kid. And the sweet and sour sauce, which we have discussed already lol.

  6. I try not to think about what’s actually in McNuggets, because I basically grew up on those things. They were probably one of my favourite things growing up, and I have a feeling a lot of it had to do with the sweet n sour sauce. I actually loved that damn sauce so much that I’d constantly be asking them for another handful… at which point they started charging 😆

  7. My friend once brought sweet and sour meatballs to a Super Bowl party, and I watched her make them and won’t tell you what was in them (certainly not frozen meatballs and grape jelly….) but they were delicious. I can only imagine what a healthier version would taste like!

  8. oh my goshhh i lovvvve meatballs. seriously this is something well known about me- ever since i was a kid. i have another friend who doesn’t like them and will feed them to her dog- unless I’m around, then i get first dibs. (ha-HA!) these look amazing, i want to make them right now.

  9. Hello delicious! Niki sure is lucky to have you as a brother. Tell her I said that! 😛

    There was a myth going around here about rat parts being found in the McDonald’s patties. Not sure how true it was, but it was still gross! I only go to McDonalds for McFlurries every once in a while these days. If I want a burger, I can think of about a million other places that can make a burger that is a million times better.

  10. I have a million and one things to say. I shall channel Meg and list. 1) Picky Niki is her new name 2) Who goes to McDs on their birthday? 3) McDs sells meatballs in Australia?! 4) I’m becoming paleo 5) Does that mean the chickpeas I just ate were illegal? 6) Expect a visit to McDs at 4:00 AM post Toronto rave. 7) I haven’t raved in at least 3 years so I should start building my stamina now 8) Can I bring a hard-boiled egg to a rave? 9) Is it Thursday yet? I want Picky Niki 10) I had to end on an even number.

    1. 1. Picky Niki is too complimentary. You ain’t seen Picky yet. 2. I do! 3. No! These are better than mcNuggets. 4. Good girl. Start with bread. 5. Chickpeas are considered a laxative and medication is paleo. 6. YES. But softserve cones please. 7. Me neither. Are we sucky if we leave at midnight? 8. no. But you may bring a larabar and shredded chicken. 9. Nearly. In Sydney. 10. Hi.

  11. I’m totally going to steal your sauce recipe for my TVP meatballs! I have been experimenting with different ways to eat this plant based ground meat alternative and that sweet and sour sauce looks delicious!

  12. My favorite party snack are these meatballs right here! Well, the ones I grew up on came from a package and the sauce was made with chili sauce and grape jelly..sooo these might be a slightly healthier substitute 🙂

  13. Well, if your friend googles up “pink slime” that’s going to cure her mc nugget cravings pretty quick….

  14. Hey Arman,
    I was wondering about how many would this make, and about how many would you suggest as a healthy serving size?

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