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Spicy pineapple meatballs are an easy and delicious way to spice up the big game!

Pineapple Meatball Recipe

With football play off games now in full swing, I'm having fun creating easy and delicious recipes that are great for game day.   Meatballs are always a party favorite, but I wanted to make something a little different this year. I decided to kick things up add some spice to what is usually a sweet dish.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

The three basic ingredients for these meatballs are El Yucateco Hot Sauce, crushed pineapple and meatballs.  I used frozen meatballs to make the recipe easier, but any meatballs will work.

Spicy Meatball Recipe

I really wanted to kick up the heat with this appetizer so I picked up three different varieties of El Yucateco Hot Sauce at Walmart.  El Yucateco has less vinegar in it so you can really taste the peppers. It will definitely add heat to any dish.  I wasn't sure when I bought them which one I wanted to use, but I went with the Red Habanero Sauce simply for the color.

El Yucateco at Walmart

I found the El Yucateco Hot Sauces in the Latin Food aisle at Walmart.  Make sure to check out the El Yucateco gear shop for cool gear to show off El Yucateco!

Meatball Sauce Recipe

The pineapple meatballs are ready to eat in about 5 minutes.  Just make the sauce in a pot on the stove, add the cooked meatballs and stir to coat.  To keep the meatballs warm for a party, I'd throw the entire pot in a slow cooker and set it on warm.  I made mine a day ahead of our football party and just warmed them up on game day.

Meatball Appetizer

The little toothpicks are entirely optional but they add a fun touch for a football game.


Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Meatballs Recipe


  • 2 lbs cooked meatballs
  • 1 20 oz can crushed pineapple, drained and juice reserved
  • 2 Tablespoons of your favorite El Yucateco Hot Sauce
  • 3/4 cup reserved pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch


  1. If your meatballs are frozen, cook according to package directions and set aside.
  2. Drain the pineapple and set aside 3/4 cup of the juice.
  3. Mix together the pineapple juice, hot sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, soy sauce and corn starch in a medium sized pot. Heat the sauce over medium heat until it thickens, about 2-5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the reserved crushed pineapple.
  5. Add the meatballs to the pot and stir to coat.
  6. Transfer the meatballs to a slow cooker to keep warm or serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 3312kcal Calories from fat 1645
% Daily Value
Total Fat 183g 282%
Saturated Fat 69g 345%
Transfat 11g
Cholesterol 644mg 215%
Sodium 2709mg 113%
Carbohydrate 252g 84%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 223g
Protein 161g

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

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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8 comments on “Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Meatballs Recipe

  1. I love their sauces, especially the chipotle one! I definitely want to try these!

  2. Perfect for game day! Yummy combo. Pinned & shared. Thanks for joining in to share at the Inspiration Spotlight party. See you again soon!

  3. Hi Camille, for a sec I thought you were using ALL of the hot sauces! What a fun and easy app and I love the little flags! Thanks for sharing this on our Throwback Thursday link party! I love it! I’ll be pinning, too, so be sure to follow us there, and see you next week! 🙂


  4. This looks like a great recipe for feeding a crowd! It’s going right on my game day foods Pinterest board!

  5. These will definitely be a hit at our next football gathering. We love to try new snack foods!

  6. These meatballs sound good and simple. Thank you Camille. Have a great week.

  7. Great game day recipe! Thank you for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinned and tweeted 🙂

  8. Nothing like a sweet and spicy treat for game day, lovely recipe thanks for participating in this shop. #client