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Sweet and sour Hawaiian beef in black crockpot.

Crockpot Sweet and Sour Hawaiian Beef

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 4 hrs 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Slow cooked Sweet and Sour Hawaiian Beef {Paleo friendly}


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Sweet and Sour Pineapple Sauce

  • 16 ounces (two 8 ounce cans) of crushed pineapple (in juice not syrup) – drained and reserve juice in a small bowl
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup gluten free tamari or coconut aminos for soy free option.
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon of fresh grated ginger or pinch of ground ginger (optional )

For the Slow Cooker/Crockpot:

  • 2 lbs boneless beef loin cut into 1-2 inch pieces, or you can purchase stew meat precut. Best to trim excess fat for before cooking. See notes for other meat options.
  • 23 Tablespoons oil for browning meat
  • black pepper to taste
  • coarse kosher salt to taste
  • 12 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 bell pepper – diced, seeds removed (see notes for substitutes)
  • For plating – chopped green onion and/or cilantro to garnish. To serve with rice or cauliflower rice.

Optional Slurry to thicken:

  • 1 Tablespoon arrowroot starch
  • 2 Tablespoon cold water


  1. Drain the canned pineapple and reserve the juice. Place pineapple aside and juice in a small mixing bowl.
  2. Next, whisk together the pineapple juice, cider, gluten free soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and honey. Whisk until honey is combined (dissolved) with other ingredients. Set aside.
  3. Heat a medium size skillet with 2 tablespoons oil. Lightly sprinkle the diced beef cubes with coarse kosher salt and pepper. Place meat in the pan and then brown meat on medium high, turning beef cubes to brown all sides. About 3-4 minutes.
  4. Place the browned meat in the slow cooker and sprinkle crushed red pepper flakes on top.
  5. Add the chopped onion and sweet and sour pineapple sauce to the crockpot/slow cooker. Mix together.
  6. Cover and cook on LOW setting for 5-6 hours or on HIGH heat for about 3 hours, or until the meat is cooked through and tender.
  7. After the meat has been cooked, mix in the crushed pineapple and bell pepper. *Note – if you would like to thicken the stew/meat mix, add the arrowroot starch slurry here.  First dissolve the arrowroot starch and cold water in a small bowl to create a slurry then mix into slow cooker.*
  8. Cook on high for additional 20-30 minutes or until peppers have softened and juice has thickened.
  9. Spoon meat and juice over rice or cauliflower rice. Garnish with chopped green onion and/or cilantro.


Feel free to use pork or turkey stew meat or pork loin as a beef substitute. Cooking times may vary.

1 cup diced celery may be used in place of pepper if desired.

  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 4 hr
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: slow cooker
  • Cuisine: american


  • Serving Size: 5 ounces
  • Calories: 240
  • Sugar: 12
  • Sodium: 587 mg
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 26 g

Keywords: beef, slow cooker, crock pot, meat, gluten free, dinner