Crock Pot Waikiki Meatballs

Crock Pot Waikiki Meatballs from #crockpot #meatballsThese Crock Pot Waikiki Meatballs are such a GREAT weeknight meal when you don’t have a lot of time but you want to make a meal the family is going to love. This recipe came from the Williams Family wayyyyyy back when our blog began. Since then I have made it dozens of times! They are super easy!

This recipe includes an actual recipe for meatballs if you want to make your own.. but the last few times I have made these I have bought the turkey meatballs at Costco and used those! I have also used the Italian meatballs from Costco and those taste great too (I just feel less guilty eating the turkey meatballs and my kids don’t even know the difference)! I just dump in the meatballs with the sauce (and veggies and pineapple) and dinner is DONE. It is one of those great fix-it and forget-it crock pot meals. Sometimes I like to saute the peppers to soften them up before adding them in, but you don’t have to– it just depends on whatever your family likes! Also, I doubled the sauce recipe on this because my family loves to eat the sauce over rice.. if you aren’t a big sauce fan, feel free to half the sauce part.

Waikiki Meatballs

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    For the Meatballs:
  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 2/3 cup cracker crumbs
  • (1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped)
  • (1-2 tsp. red pepper flakes)
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. ginger
  • For the Rest...
  • 4 Tbs. Cornstarch
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 can pineapple tidbits, divided into juice and tidbits


  • Mix meatball ingredients together and roll into meatballs. Brown and cook over medium heat in large skillet until cooked through (Or you can roll them and bake them in the oven at 425 for 13-14 minutes).
  • In a small mixing bowl, mix cornstarch and brown sugar. Drain pineapple juice into brown sugar mixture with soy sauce, vinegar, and ketchup.
  • Add meatballs, peppers, and pineapple tidbits to crock pot and pour sauce over.
  • Cook on low for 2-4 hours or until sauce is thickened. Serve over rice.


  1. Kendra says:

    I LOVED these. I never eat leftovers, but there’s no way I was going to let these go to waste. This recipe is definitely going in my favorites! And it was easy too 🙂

  2. J.L Rockey says:

    I need to make Waikiki Meatballs for approximately 20 people. Any idea how many servings this recipe provides?

  3. Stacey Doll says:

    My mom has been making this since I was a child, and now I make them for my kids. Exact same recipe! So delicious. I make a huge pan, and we eat them all!

    • Rina says:

      I am retired but I still love ciokong in my CrockPot. recipes are endless and so good. I make a beef roast in mine and use three seasoning packets, Ranch, Peppercorn and Italian. Out of this world taste.

  4. wendy says:

    Tried these for dinner last night. This is a “do again” recipe! Very easy and very Yummy.

  5. Theresa says:

    I made these for lunch today. Oh my, are they amazing! Next time I am adding sliced carrots to up the veggies. But these meatballs are absolutely amazing!
    Thank you for sharing.

  6. Denise R. says:

    Looks great! What size of can of pineapple do you use? I’m planning on making these tonight!!

    • Erica says:

      Just the “typical” size can.. I think it is around 15-20 oz? I don’t have any in my pantry right now so I can’t tell you exactly lol. Sorry I’m not a huge help with this one!

  7. Michelle says:

    I buy the Italian meatballs at Costco also. Can they go in the crockpot frozen?

    • Erica says:

      Yes, they can.. we do it all the time!

  8. Samantha says:

    Hi – question about the cornstarch. It’s still an ingredient I’m not very familiar with … what does it do for this dish? I’d like to cut it out or substitute it for something less carb-y if possible. Thank you!

    • Erica says:

      Corn starch thickens liquids. It makes it so the sauce sticks to the chicken better. Hope this helps!

  9. Freida says:

    In the ingredients list, it states 1/4 white vinegar. Is that supposed to be 1/4 cup of white vinegar?

    • Erica says:

      Yes, white vinegar. 🙂 Sorry, will clarify on the recipe

  10. Lahrae says:

    It’s funny that I see this on here because I have been making the meatballs, doubling the sauce recipe, and then sticking in my crockpot for YEARS! Cheers to adding it to Pinterest!

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