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
58 Reviews for Hawaiian Meatballs and Rice
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
Turned out great for us. Making it again tonight per the kids request! Only modification was i used Panko and an egg instead of instant rice to bind the meatballs.
Jan 17, 2016

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