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

Nutrition Information

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Serving Size: 4 servings (6 meatballs with sauce and 1 cup rice each)
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  1. Mix together 1/4 cup barbecue sauce, beef, onion, 1/4 cup rice, seasoned salt and pepper in large bowl until blended. Divide mixture into 24 portions; roll firmly into 1-1/4-inch balls.
  2. Spray large skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Place remaining 3/4 cup barbecue sauce, pineapple and water in skillet; stir to combine. Place meatballs in skillet on top of sauce mixture.
  3. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 10 to 12 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through (160°F), stirring carefully. Uncover, simmer 2 to 3 minutes more or until sauce is thickened slightly.
  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.
Nutrition Information close
Amount per Serving
Calories 567  
  % Daily Value*
Total fat 18 g 27%
Saturated fat 6 g 30%
Cholesterol 92 MG 31%
Sodium 779 MG 32%
Carbohydrate 72 g 24%
Dietary fiber 5 g 18%
Sugars 25 g
Protein 32 g
Vitamin A   2%
Vitamin C   27%
Calcium   7%
Iron   30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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Ratings & Reviews
59 Reviews for Hawaiian Meatballs and Rice
I really enjoyed all of the flavor in this dish. when I made it, the meatballs didn't stay together well so next time I will use bread crumbs and eggs instead of the rice. but other than that- yum.
Aug 11, 2016
Asked for a recipe for chicken and one for meatballs comes up. Big difference between and cow and a chicken last time looked.
Jun 10, 2016
I used a different bbq sauce that I had in my pantry. It had a bit of spiciness and that made the recipe even better. I also added some sweet Italian sausage to my ground beef. I thought I would have enough to freeze half but almost all of it got eaten. It was excellent!
May 23, 2016
This recipe looks so yummy! I am making it today! Can not wait to eat real Hawaiian food! Super excited!!!
May 16, 2016
Great recipe! Thanks. ^_^ I don't care if it's "Hawaiian" or not, it turned out great. You have nothing to be ashamed of. ^_^
Apr 15, 2016
Never tried it, but don't you folks know that anything that has pineapple as an ingredient is authentically Hawaiian. Especially to mainlanders.
Mar 06, 2016

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