Ground Hawaiian Beef

Ground Hawaiian Beef made with lean ground beef, bell peppers, onion, and pineapple in a sweet and savory sauce, made in under 30 minutes!

Healthy dinners are an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and this week we’re serving Turkey Shepherd’s Pie, Skinny Moo Shu Pork, and Honey Chili Salmon Bake!


Ground Hawaiian Beef is one of my go-to weekday recipes, made with lean ground beef, peppers, onions, and big chunks of pineapple with a sweet and sour Hawaiian-style sauce.

You get a savory, salty taste from soy sauce and rice vinegar, while the ketchup and brown sugar add a sweet molasses-type flavor that goes perfectly with the beef.

You can serve this over steamed rice or spaghetti squash, and top with chopped green onions or chives.


You can make this recipe ahead of time to meal prep for the week. Cook the ground beef according to the recipe, then allow to cool completely. Separate among 4 freezer-safe containers, add over 1 cup of rice per container, seal, and freeze.


Ground Hawaiian beef will last in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3-4 days.



  • In a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil with garlic, onions, and ground beef. Cook until beef is browned but not totally cooked through.
  • Add all ingredients to the slow cooker and stir together.
  • Cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 8 hours. If you’re serving over rice, prep it when there’s about 30 minutes left on the slow cooker timer.
  • Garnish with chopped green onions if desired.


  • Make this dish spicy with a teaspoon of red pepper flakes, or ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
  • You can make this recipe with lean ground pork, ground turkey, or ground chicken as an alternative to beef.
  • You can make this ground Hawaiian beef vegetarian by replacing the beef with extra firm tofu. Drain the water from the tofu, then press between paper towels until most of the water is out. Then crumble into the skillet after the vegetables are softened and add sauce.
  • You can also make this recipe using leftover steak or rotisserie chicken cut into pieces.
  • Use this same mixture in cooked corn tortillas to make ground Hawaiian beef tacos.
  • Instead of the sweet and sour sauce, make this same recipe using teriyaki or garlic sauce.

Hawaiian Beef with Pineapple and Bell Peppers

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Ground Hawaiian Beef

Ground Hawaiian Beef made with lean ground beef, bell peppers, onion, and pineapple in a sweet and savory sauce, made in under 30 minutes!
Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • 1 pound beef 90/10
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper chopped finely
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup pineapple cut into 1" chunks
  • 1/2 red bell pepper cut into 1" chunks
  • 1/2 green bell pepper cut into 1" chunks


  • Add the beef, yellow onions, green bell pepper (the rest of this bell pepper will be chopped bigger) and garlic to a dutch oven and cook until the beef is cooked through and the onions are softened.
  • Add the ketchup, brown sugar, rice vinegar, soy sauce and pineapple juice and cook for 3-4 minutes then add in the pineapple chunks and bell peppers mix well and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes to soften the bell peppers.


Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.


Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 416mg | Potassium: 551mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 640IU | Vitamin C: 68.4mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2.8mg
Keyword: hawaiian ground beef

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a trained professional chef who has cooked for private clients for over a dozen years. Experienced in handling dietary restrictions, allergies and picky kid eaters, she's well versed in coming up with healthy, yet flavorful recipes.


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  1. Happy New Year! Glad u are back with your delicious recipes, but I notice no WW points. So you are not following WW with your blog anymore?

    Haven’t made the recipe yet, but plan to!!!!!

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  2. While I was making this, I noticed there is no temperature suggestion for the oven. What did you cook this dish at? I guessed

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious! I used turkey instead of ground beef (in a bid to be healthier) and let it simmer on the stove for about 30 minutes.
    Served “lettuce wrap” style with white rice. This is going to be added to my family’s meal rotation.

  4. 5 stars
    This was great! My wife doesn’t care for chunks of pineapple in dinner recipes, so I substituted with about half of a large can of crushed pineapple. That also provided the necessary pineapple juice.

  5. 5 stars
    This was AMAZING!!!! Keto-Ed it a bit by using brown sugar swerve over cauliflower rice. A keeper!!

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  7. 5 stars
    This couldn’t have been any easier to put together and it was delicious over brown rice! Looking forward to the leftovers for dinner tomorrow!

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    I’ve been lookin for this receipt for 50 yrs. I love it & my children did too. Thanks for sharing.