Slow Cooker Hawaiian Beef
Slow Cooker Hawaiian Beef

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Beef

A slow cooker recipe that uses tender beef and crunchy green peppers, mingling in a sweet and sour pineapple sauce.

20 min
05 hrs 20 min


1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/3 cup cider vinegar

1 (8-ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained, reserve juice

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic

2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter

1 1/2 pounds round steak, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces, trimmed

1 cup baby-cut carrots, halved crosswise

1 large (1 cup) onion, cut into 1-inch pieces

3 tablespoons cornstarch

3 tablespoons cold water

1 large (2 cups) green bell pepper, cut into bite-sized pieces


Hot cooked rice, if desired

Sliced green onion, if desired

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine brown sugar, vinegar, reserved pineapple juice, soy sauce and garlic in bowl; stir until sugar is dissolved. Set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Melt 1 tablespoon butter in 12-inch skillet until sizzling; add half of steak pieces. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, 4-5 minutes or until browned. Place steak pieces in slow cooker. Repeat with remaining butter and steak pieces.

  3. STEP 3

    Add carrots and onion to slow cooker. Pour pineapple juice mixture over vegetables. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 5-7 hours, or on High heat setting 3-4 hours or until meat is tender.

  4. STEP 4

    Increase heat setting to High. Dissolve cornstarch in cold water in small bowl. Stir cornstarch mixture, pineapple chunks and green pepper into beef mixture. Cover; continue cooking 30 minutes or until green pepper is crisply tender and juices are thickened. Serve over hot cooked rice and garnish with green onions, if desired.

Tip #1

- Tougher, less expensive cuts of meat are perfect to use in the slow cooker. The slow cooking process breaks down tough connective tissue, making the meat tender. The tougher cuts are more flavorful than the more tender pieces, especially if browned first before adding to other ingredients. And the long cooking time brings out the full flavor of the less expensive cuts.


11Fat (mg)
105Cholesterol (mg)
750Sodium (mg)
29Carbohydrates (g)
2Dietary Fiber
38Protein (g)


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  August 22, 2016

What a great recipe this is! Just had it for dinner and we almost eat it all.Substituted butter with olive oil...Slow cooked for 5 hrs on low and then added last ingredients,stirred well and 30 min on high. Doubled the meat and still had plenty of sauce for flavoring...Sweetness of pineapple and sour of vinegar and soy sauce blend in perfectly.Served over yellow rice.Will do it again soon!

— says Annie
  April 14, 2014

Easy to make, even easier to eat. Accidentally added the corn starch right off the bat, and the recipe seemed to suffer no ill-effects. Served it with fried rice, and everybody ate it.

— says Klayter
  August 01, 2012

We love this recipe! The pineapple chunks are my husbands favorite part. This has become a staple at our house and we have it at least twice a month.

— says Michelle A.
  March 01, 2012

This recipie had the right balance of sweet and sour. The star of the Slow Cooker Hawaiian Beef is the pineapple. It is important to add the green pepper in the last half hour to get the firm tecture with the soft beef. We had this over rice. Awesome dish. I might try it with pork also.

— says Scott
  February 08, 2012

We did not like this recipe at all. I am super sensitive to vinegar and so it just seemed to overpower the recipe for me and my family.

— says Anonymous
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