Pineapple Appetizer Meatballs

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These pineapple meatballs are a great option that has tons of flavor. If you wish to serve as a main dish, you can use pasta, rice, or quinoa.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • ¼ cup freshly grated ginger

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained with juice reserved

  • 1 small onion, diced

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced

  • 1 (6 ounce) can pineapple juice, or more as needed

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  1. Mix grated ginger into ground beef and form into meatballs.

  2. Cook in a large skillet over medium-high heat until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Add pineapple chunks, onion, and bell pepper. Continue to cook until meatballs are no longer pink in the centers and vegetables are hot but not soft, 4 to 6 minutes more.

  3. Pour reserved pineapple juice into a large measuring cup. Add enough canned pineapple juice to measure 1 1/2 cups. Bring to a simmer in a small saucepan. Add cornstarch, 1 teaspoon at a time, to ensure it doesn't thicken too much. Cook until thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

  4. Pour pineapple sauce over the meatballs.

Cook's Notes:

You can use any protein of your choice.

You can use a fresh pineapple cut into bite-sized pieces, instead of canned. Save the juice; add enough canned pineapple juice to total 1 1/2 cups. If you need to add a little broth to reach 1 1/2 cups, choose either vegetable or beef broth.

If you are serving the next day, it is best to add the cornstarch the day of. Reheat the liquid and once it is hot enough to add the cornstarch, add it 1 teaspoon at a time to ensure it does not thicken too much.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

341 Calories
14g Fat
34g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 341
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 70mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 57mg 287%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 570mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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