Hawaiian Sloppy Joes – Crushed pineapple and ground pork set this recipe apart from traditional Sloppy Joe sandwiches.
Looking for some family friendly food to serve on Super Bowl Sunday? Try these Hawaiian Sloppy Joes!
Crushed pineapple and ground pork set this recipe apart from the traditional Sloppy Joe recipe. To stick with the Hawaiian theme, serve the Sloppy Joe filling on sweet Kings Hawaiian rolls.
This recipe is quick and easy. To make Hawaiian Sloppy Joes, sauté chopped onion, chopped green pepper, and ground pork in a skillet until browned. Drain the excess fat. Then, add crushed pineapple, tomato sauce, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, and brown sugar.
Stir this mixture well to combine the sauce ingredients. Simmer for about 10 minutes. This will allow the sauce to reduce and thicken, concentrating the sweet flavors.
Serve warm on hamburger or slider buns. I used sweet Hawaiian rolls. But, the Sloppy Joe mixture is sweet enough that regular buns would work just fine.
Since I was excited about sticking with the Hawaiian theme, I used ground pork for this recipe. As you can see by the nutrition information below, ground pork is pretty fattening. I think that the next time I make these Sloppy Joes, I will lighten them up by using extra lean ground beef, ground turkey breast, or ground chicken breast. The sauce is so flavorful that I don’t think that you would be able to tell much of a difference between the types of ground meat that you use in this recipe.
Hawaiian Sloppy Joes Recipe
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- ½ medium onion, chopped
- ½ medium green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 lb. ground pork
- 1 tbsp. tomato paste
- 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
- ½ cup crushed pineapple
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
- hamburger or slider buns for serving I used Hawaiian rolls
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the onion and bell pepper and cook to soften for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the ground pork and break it apart with a wooden spoon. Cook through (about 8 minutes), stirring occasionally. Drain the excess fat from the pork.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the tomato paste, tomato sauce, crushed pineapple, brown sugar, Worcestershire, vinegar, salt, and pepper to the skillet with the meat. Stir well to combine. Let meat and sauce simmer together until the sauce begins to reduce and become thick, about 10 minutes.
- Serve on hamburger or slider buns.