Hawaiian meatballs with pineapple chunks and chopped red peppers on a bed of lettuce on a round white plate with a white and brown towel behind all on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Hawaiian Meatballs in the Slow Cooker

Combine meatballs, pineapple, bell peppers, and a delicious sauce to create an easy slow cooker dinner or appetizer with a Hawaiian flare.

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One of my favorite fruits is pineapple. So any chance I get to make a meal using pineapple is a wonderful day for me! And, the boys love pineapple just as much as I do, so I can usually convince them to eat almost anything with that in it. Hawaiian Meatballs are a favorite because of the pineapple!

I always love a good slow cooker meal. It makes dinner so quick and easy. Plus, when you live somewhere like south Texas that’s usually hot most of the year, the slow cooker is a great way to have a warm meal without heating the entire house when using the oven.

The only thing the boys picked around in this meal was the peppers. But, I was proud that they both tried them. I’m also learning to like bell peppers as we use them in more and more recipes. So I also ate my veggies with this one.

Another bonus to this recipe is getting so many food groups in at once. You have fruit in it with the pineapple, veggies with the pepper, and meat with the meatballs. Oh, and grains if you serve the meal over rice as we prefer.

We often eat this for dinner, but it also makes a great appetizer. You can serve it at a party or bring to a potluck by keeping the slow cooker on warm.

Step by Step

Add the meatballs, diced pepper, and pineapple chunks into your slow cooker. We like to use red bell pepper for the recipe, but you can use whichever color you prefer.

Pineapple chunks, frozen meatballs, and chopped red bell pepper in a slow cooker over a white surface

In a small mixing bowl, whick the juice from the pineapple with the brown sugar, vinegar, and A.1. sauce. Pour the sauce over the meatballs and stir to coat.

Pineapple chunks, meatballs, and chopped red bell peppers covered with Hawaiian sauce in a slow cooker on a white surface

Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours. Serve on a bed of lettuce or over rice if desired.

Hawaiian meatballs with pineapple chunks and chopped red peppers on a bed of lettuce on a round white plate with a white and brown towel behind all on a wooden surface (vertical)
Hawaiian Meatballs in the Slow Cooker

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Originally Published On: March 21, 2019

Last Updated On: March 24, 2020

Hawaiian meatballs with pineapple chunks and chopped red peppers on a bed of lettuce on a round white plate with a white and brown towel behind all on a wooden surface

Hawaiian Meatballs in the Slow Cooker

Combine meatballs, pineapple, bell peppers, and a delicious sauce to create an easy slow cooker dinner or appetizer with a Hawaiian flare.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: meatballs, pineapple, slow cooker
Servings: 8 cups
5 from 6 votes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs meatballs (frozen, precooked)
  • 1 pineapple (chunked, juice reserved)
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp A.1. sauce

Instructions

  • Add meatballs, diced pepper, and pineapple chunks to the slow cooker
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk the juice from the pineapple, brown sugar, vinegar, and A.1. sauce
  • Pour the sauce into the slow cooker
  • Carefully stir to coat everything with the sauce
  • Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or until heated through
  • Serve over a bed of lettuce or rice if desired
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Nutrition Facts
Hawaiian Meatballs in the Slow Cooker
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 470 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 135mg6%
Potassium 528mg15%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 39g43%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 550IU11%
Vitamin C 74mg90%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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34 thoughts on “Hawaiian Meatballs in the Slow Cooker”

  1. Sounds delicious! I’m blessed that my kids love their veggies so the only thing I’ll add to this when I attempt to make it is more veggies. I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

  2. I have never had anything but spicy style meatballs. These look like they would be such an amazing addition to a meal. Yum!

  3. I’ve never had Hawaiian meatballs before. They look great. Also, your photos are looking so bright and clear. Live them!

    1. The slow cooker makes busy nights so much easier! I love having meals that I can prep in the morning and have ready when we need them in the evening. Especially on nights we have Cub Scouts after school, it makes dinner so easy.

    1. Oh man, you really should. The slow cooker is great for easy meals and I even like it in the summer for meals like this because you aren’t heating up the oven!

  4. Oooh, this looks and sounds so delicious! What kind of noodles and sauce do you recommend to eat with these meatballs (can you eat them in regular spaghetti)?

    1. I’ve never had them with noodles. They have so much flavor the way they are, I eat them just as a meal of meatballs with the pineapple and bell pepper. I don’t know if they would work in regular spaghetti because of the flavor.

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