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Hawaiian Meatballs

Talk about one easy dish that creates an amazing sweet and sour sauce! You can serve over rice for more of a dinner-like option, but I also like to offer them as an appetizer simply served with toothpicks. —Julie Schiefer, Nappanee, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened pineapple chunks, undrained
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 package (32 ounces) frozen fully cooked homestyle meatballs
  • 2 medium green peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries, drained
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Hot cooked rice, optional


  • Drain pineapple, reserving juice in a 2-cup measuring cup; add enough water to measure 2 cups. In a small saucepan, mix brown sugar, cornstarch, vinegar and juice mixture until blended. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened.
  • In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine meatballs, peppers, drained pineapple and sauce. Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours or until meatballs are heated through and peppers are tender.
  • Stir in cherries; cook, covered, on low 15-30 minutes longer or until heated through. Season with salt and pepper to taste. If desired, serve with rice.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup (calculated without rice): 520 calories, 30g fat (14g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 837mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 2g fiber), 16g protein.

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  • Kimosaabe
    Sep 20, 2020

    Hey Psalm ... don’t complain...just make your own meatballs. Just do it but don’t complain. Why so may whiners on Taste of Home?

  • shawnba
    Feb 1, 2018

    Super easy and very good. The sauce has the perfect amount of tanginess for the beef meatballs.

  • Psalm127-3
    Dec 16, 2017

    as with other meatball recipes I was hoping for home made meatballs. not a frozen meatball lover but guess I coukd give 'er a try

  • redhen1970
    Oct 13, 2017

    Mom used to make these and it was always a treat. I was wondering how to find the recipe!!! Thank you!!!

  • pastiepie
    Nov 9, 2013

    I have made this several times and the whole family loves it :)

  • sarahjo83
    Aug 3, 2013

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    Aug 1, 2013

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  • polly0087
    Jul 6, 2013

    This recipe was so good! Everyone loved it! It's almost identical to my mother-in-law's recipe that she's been making for decades. I only made a couple of adjustments... I added 1/4 c. soy sauce (in place of some of the water) and changed the brown sugar amount to 3/4 c. Also, I reduced the vinegar to 1/3 c. Everything else stayed the same. I'll definitely be making this again! Very good!

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    Jul 4, 2013

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  • kate1955
    Apr 10, 2013