Hawaiian Meatballs and Rice Recipe

Hawaiian Meatballs and Rice

Tender meatballs simmered in barbecue sauce and crushed pineapple and served with rice for a taste of Hawaii

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  • 1 can (8 oz each) crushed pineapple in juice, divided
  • 1 cup Hunt's® Original Barbecue Sauce, divided
  • 1 pound ground round beef (85% lean)
  • 2-1/4 cups instant brown rice, uncooked, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 3/4 cup frozen chopped green bell pepper

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Serving Size: 4 servings (6 meatballs with sauce and 1 cup rice each)
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  1. Stir together half the pineapple and 3/4 cup barbecue sauce in small bowl; set aside.
  2. Mix remaining pineapple, remaining 1/4 cup barbecue sauce, beef, 1/4 cup rice, salt and pepper in large bowl until well blended. Shape mixture into 24 meatballs, about 1-1/4 inches each. Place in large skillet sprayed with cooking spray; spoon sauce mixture over meatballs.
  3. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir gently and cover. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 16 to 18 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through (160°F).
  4. Meanwhile, prepare remaining 2 cups rice according to package directions, omitting salt and butter and adding bell pepper. Serve meatballs and sauce over rice.
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Amount per Serving
Calories 575  
  % Daily Value*
Total fat 18 g 27%
Saturated fat 6 g 30%
Cholesterol 92 MG 31%
Sodium 734 MG 31%
Carbohydrate 74 g 25%
Dietary fiber 5 g 19%
Sugars 27 g
Protein 32 g
Vitamin A   2%
Vitamin C   29%
Calcium   7%
Iron   30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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Ratings & Reviews
46 Reviews for Hawaiian Meatballs and Rice
Mush over rice, no meatball. Will not make this again.
Sep 24, 2015
Being born and raised in the islands i can tell you all this is not Hawaiian style food...also i have never even seen meatballs made with Hunts BBQ sauce in the Islands...Hawaiians dont eat brown rice either, only sticky Japanese rice...Just because pineapple is in the dish, doesnt make it Hawaiian style food...all these good people tried to make this dish and it came out like something you find in the frozen section from walmart.
Sep 14, 2015
I guess you all don't read well..........It said INSTANT rice, not whole grain
Gene Murphy,
Sep 14, 2015
I would save time and aggravation with this by, 1) getting pre-made meatballs. (Yep, pre-made. Since the recipe calls for other store bought, processed items. Might as well continue on in that direction). 2) Precook the rice and add it in, if you prefer. I don't necessarily like rice in my meatballs, but some folks do. Add the barbeque sauce, and some of the pineapple and some of that juice. Not too much, it would overpower the taste and, as some folks have aluded to, cause the meatballs to fall apart.
Sep 08, 2015
This recipe needs an egg to bind the ingredients together.
Jun 10, 2015
Recipe is really unclear. It says to use the pineapple in juice but it doesn't specify not to use the juice, which I did use and completely regret it, as the meatballs did not bind at all. Also I don't understand the purpose of the uncooked rice inside the meatballs. It added a crunchy texture but had no purpose. This recipe turned into cooked ground beef and rice, leaving my picky husband to proclaim it's not good before we even sat down to dinner.
Mar 23, 2015

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