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.
Nutrition Information close
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
42 Reviews for Hawaiian Meatballs and Rice
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
I needed a idea for dinner one night and I read this to my girls and they said lets make it so we did and they ask for it at least once a month
Jan 22, 2015
I thought these were terrible. My meatballs fell apart. There wasn't enough sauce to cook them in so my rice didn't get done inside the meatballs and it all just tasted like barbecue sauce. I will never make this recipe again. I will give it a rating of one because there is no zero.
Jan 02, 2015
I also improvised (which I always do with recipes) and added the following: 1. dried parsley & dried basil 2. teriyaki sauce 3. thai pepper chili sauce 4. chopped scallions 5. cayenne 6. mandarin oranges & juice I put all liquid ingredients (with the pineapple & bbq sauce) into a food processor and pureed. Halved the liquid, some in the meatballs (adding scallions, green herbs and breadcrumbs last, to give the meatballs shape). Cooked on stove top til brown, then finished in the oven, pouring the remainder of sauce over the meatballs. Delicious, juicy, flavorful...hot, spicy, sweet and tangy. Very tropical.
Oct 19, 2014
im no chef but i made this for my girlfriend and myself and she loved it and so did i but i did use white rice instead of brown and i added brown sugar the second time drained the pineapple and when i added the meatballs to the pan i let them cook for like 3 mins then very gently rolled them before i added the sauce it kept them together better i also noticed that you dont really need to stir them after that so long as you spread the sauce evenly just give the pan a little swirl and it turned out great gently is the key
Aug 28, 2014

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