You’ll love Hawaiian Meatballs and Rice – ground beef meatballs, with pineapple, red and green bell peppers in sweet and sour sauce, served on a bed of rice.You'll love Hawaiian Meatballs and Rice - ground beef meatballs, with pineapple, red and green bell peppers in sweet and sour sauce, served on a bed of rice.

When my husband and I were newlyweds (over 36 years ago) he decided to cook dinner for us one evening. He made Hawaiian Meatballs and Rice, with pineapple chunks, red and green bell peppers in a sweet and sour sauce. It was love at first sight. This is the recipe he used. Needless to say I was impressed with his “culinary skills” and by the fact that he prepared a delicious meal for us. Ah…young love!

Well…fast forward to many, many years later, and we STILL have this meal for dinner occasionally. I still love him, but now I am the one who cooks our meals. Neither of us remember where he found the original recipe, so I dug through my recipe box , pull out my trusty handwritten 3×5 index card I wrote down the recipe on ages ago… and off I go into the kitchen to make this dish.

We had these meatballs and rice two nights ago… so delicious! The sweet and sour sauce that coats the meatballs, along with the green and red peppers and pineapple is fantastic! It really is a quick and easy recipe to make.

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How To Make Hawaiian Meatballs and Rice

Tip: It would be very easy to pre-cook the meatballs and pre-make the sauce (throw them both in the refrigerator); then pulling this recipe together at the end of a long day would be a snap.  Here’s how to make this dish: Drain the pineapple, making sure to reserve the juice. Set the pineapples (and the saved juice) aside.

Pineapple is drained, and sauce is reserved for Hawaiian meatballs.

Mix up the sweet and sour stir fry sauce in a medium sized bowl… easy!

Whisking the sweet and sour stir fry sauce for Hawaiian meatballs.

Chop up the red and green bell peppers, and set them aside with the pineapple chunks.

Red and green bell peppers are chopped for Hawaiian meatballs and rice.

Make The Meatballs

Mix up the meatball ingredients in a large bowl.  Once the ingredients are fully combined, form the meat into 2″ meatballs, by rolling them between your hands.

Meatball ingredients are combined in mixing bowl.

Heat oil or shortening in a large skillet. Brown the meatballs on all sides, and cook until fully cooked through.

Meatballs are cooked on all sides until browned.

Remove the cooked meatballs from skillet; transfer them to drain onto paper towels.

Browned meatballs are drained on paper towels.

Finishing The Hawaiian Meatballs

Add the reserved stir fry sauce to the skillet you cook the meatballs in, and cook until it thickens. Stir the sauce occasionally while it cooks.

Stir fry sauce is heated in skillet for Hawaiian meatballs.

Once the sauce has thickened, add the bell peppers and pineapple back into the skillet.

Bell peppers and pineapple are added to thickened Hawaiian meatballs stir fry sauce

Add the Hawaiian meatballs back into the skillet, and gently stir to combine all ingredients (and coat them with the sauce). Cook only until the dish is heated through.

Hawaiian meatballs are added to sauce, peppers and pineapple.

Time to Eat Some Hawaiian Meatballs And Rice

Serve the Hawaiian meatballs on top of a bed of rice. Spoon any leftover sauce over the top, and enjoy this delicious meal!

Hawaiian meatballs served on a bed of white rice.

Sure hope you will give these delicious Hawaiian meatballs a try in your own kitchen. They are absolutely delicious! Thanks for stopping by today, and please come back soon.

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Author's signatureOriginal Recipe Source: unknown (been making them for over 40 years)

Hawaiian Meatballs and Rice
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
You'll love Hawaiian Meatballs and Rice - ground beef meatballs, with pineapple, red and green bell peppers in sweet and sour sauce, served on a bed of rice.
Category: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Hawaiian meatballs
Servings: 5 servings (3 meatballs per)
Calories Per Serving: 524 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
For the meatballs:
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup onion , finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon shortening or oil (for browning meatballs)
For the sauce:
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 - 13 oz can pineapple chunks (drain the chunks over a bowl-save the pineapple juice!!)
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper (I usually mix red and green peppers - the colors are nice in the sauce!)
  • *OPTIONAL* Original recipe also calls for 1 small can mandarin oranges.
  1. Make the sauce: Drain the pineapple, reserving juice (set pineapple chunks aside). In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch and brown sugar together. Add the pineapple juice, vinegar, ground ginger, and soy sauce to the brown sugar mixture. Stir until smooth. Set bowl aside.
  2. Chop the red and green peppers and set aside (with the pineapple chunks).
  3. Make the meatballs: In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, bread crumbs, chopped onion, egg, salt, ginger and milk until thoroughly blended (I use a fork to mix). Using your hands, shape the mixture into meatballs (approx. 12-15 -2" meatballs). In a large skillet, heat the shortening (or oil) on medium heat. When skillet is very hot, carefully add the meatballs, one at a time. Cook the meatballs, making sure you keep them turned so that all sides brown. When fully cooked (5-6 minutes), remove the meatballs from pan and place on paper towel lined plate to absorb any grease. Keep the meatballs warm.
  4. Drain the oil from the skillet after removing meatballs. Wipe skillet with paper towel to remove any small leftover "crumbles". Over medium heat, add the sauce mixture to the skillet. Cook, stirring constantly until it thickens and boils for 1 minute. Add the peppers, then the meatballs back into the skillet; gently stir until meatballs are evenly coated with sauce.
  5. Cook only until heated through (just a minute or two). Remove from heat.
  6. Serve meatballs and sauce on top of rice. ENJOY!
Nutrition Facts
Hawaiian Meatballs and Rice
Amount Per Serving (3 (meatballs + sauce))
Calories 524 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 130mg43%
Sodium 973mg42%
Potassium 480mg14%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Vitamin C 12.8mg16%
Calcium 77mg8%
Iron 3.4mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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