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Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs

Tender Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs are a culinary win-win.  They are super delicious bathed in a sweet and tangy pineapple sauce with a hint of Asian Chili Sauce and made super easy to prep in advance in the slow cooker!

 Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs Recipe

Every birthday growing up, each sibling excitedly chose their favorite “birthday meal” that Mom would make for our special family birthday dinner.  I always looked forward to my birthday for this reason alone (I was always higly food motivated ) and always picked either Chicken Divan or Waikiki Meatballs.  I just couldn’t get enough of those melt in your mouth meatball morsels.  To this day, Waikiki meatballs (or Hawaiian), is one of my favorite meals.

To update this classic, I kept the meatballs very similar to the original, but I mixed up the sauce with the addition of ketchup and Asian Sweet Chili Sauce which add an extra depth of flavor, spice and “YUM” to the already delectable sauce.

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs Recipe

To make these Hawaiian meatballs in the slow cooker, I just wanted to dump and run, but adding a cornstarch slurry at the end of cooking and simmering did not produce the silky, thickened sauce we know and love.  So this meal is almost dump and run.  To remedy the thin sauce problem, simply simmer the sauce a few minutes on the stovetop then pour all over your meatballs, pineapple and bell peppers and then you can walk away while your house fills with the enticing aroma of the islands.

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs Recipe

And when you can’t stand the Hawaiian siren calls any longer, lift your slow cooker lid and tender, juicy mouthwatering Hawaiian meatballs, pineapple and peppers infused with the luscious paradisical sauce await.  Aloha!

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs Recipe - RecipeGirl.com

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs

Ingredients:

Meatballs
  • 1 large Eggland's Best egg
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 3/4 cup crushed saltine crackers
  • 1/3 cup dried minced onion
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Hawaiian Sauce
  • One 20-ounce can pineapple chunks in 100% pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Asian sweet chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons Sriracha/Asian hot chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Additional ingredients:

  • 1 red bell pepper (seeds and ribs removed), chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 green bell pepper (seeds and ribs removed), chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • pineapple chunks from 20 oz. can listed above

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add egg and gently whisk. Add all remaining meatball ingredients and mix until well combined. Roll meat mixture into approximate 1-inch balls. Place meatballs onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  3. Meanwhile, strain the pineapple juice from chunks and add water to equal 2 cups juice/water.  Set the pineapple chunks aside.
  4. Add the water/juice plus all remaining Hawaiian sauce ingredients to a medium saucepan and whisk until smooth. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer until thickened, stirring constantly.
  5. Add the meatballs to your slow cooker, followed by the pineapple and red and green bell peppers.  Pour the Hawaiian sauce over everything.
  6. Cover and cook on LOW heat for 2 hours or until meatballs are cooked through, gently stirring an hour after cooking.  Keep warm until serving.  Serve over rice (or serve as cocktail meatballs).
  • This recipe makes plenty of sauce, so be sure to serve with rice.
SOURCE:  RecipeGirl.com

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Disclosure:  I’m working with Eggland’s Best in 2016.  They are providing the eggs that I use in my recipes.

Jen

Cystic fibrosis survivor, lung and kidney transplant recipient, lover of life and FOOD! Jen is the recipe developer, photographer and writer at Carlsbad Cravings where she shares tried and true daringly delicious recipes with big, bold flavors for the everyday home cook.

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3 Responses to “Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs”

  1. postedJan 12, 2016 6:03 AM
    Liz

    Sounds nice. Thank you.

  2. postedMar 2, 2016 2:31 PM
    Virginia

    Wow! I’m soooo going to make these for dinner! But what do I serve with them?

    • March 8th, 2016 @ 9:14 AM

      I’d serve them over rice!

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