These 3-ingredient grape jelly meatballs are easily made in your slow cooker for the perfect party recipe that will go quickly at any gathering!
If you're invited to a last minute potluck and you're not in the mood to cook, it's time to dust the ole Crockpot off and make these party meatballs.
The sweet and savory combination is irresistible, and this recipe is an American classic that's definitely worth trying if you've never tried it before.
How to make grape jelly meatballs (overview):
It's as easy as throwing frozen meatballs into your Crockpot and mixing them up with chili sauce and grape jelly. Cook on high for 2-3 hours or 4-6 on low. Keep them warm until it's time to dig in! (Full recipe is below)
What kind of meatballs to use?
Use pre-cooked frozen meatballs. Pick up your favorite kind... I'd use something fairly plain. I usually buy frozen angus beef meatballs. You can use homemade meatballs if you wish, however.
Recipe notes & tips:
- I buy one 24 oz. package of meatballs for this recipe, but the package size can vary depending where you live/what your grocery store carries. It's easy to adjust the sauce (use a little less or little more, keeping the same 1:1 ratio) if you buy a slightly smaller or slightly larger package of meatballs.
- Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or a few dashes of hot sauce for a little kick.
- Heinz chili sauce isn't spicy. It's quite similar to ketchup (but a bit more flavorful and slightly less sweet). Swap for ketchup if needed. It is different from Asian style sweet chili sauce.
- If you want more of a smoky flavor, use half BBQ sauce and half chili sauce.
- You could serve these as a main course with rice or mashed potatoes.
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Questions about these Crockpot grape jelly meatballs? Have you tried them? Let's chat in the comments below!
Grape Jelly Meatballs
- 24 ounces frozen cooked meatballs
- 1 cup Heinz chili sauce
- 1 cup grape jelly (I used Smuckers)
- Add the frozen meatballs to your slow cooker.
- Pour the sauce ingredients over the meatballs, then toss with 2 spoons until coated.
- Cook for 2-3 hours on high or 4-6 hours on low. The sauce will thicken more as it cools a bit. Use the "keep warm" setting if you're not going to be eating them right away.
- If you're serving this as an appetizer, it serves 8+, but it really depends what else it's served with and how much people eat. If you want to serve it as a main course (like with rice or mashed potatoes, it'll serve 4).
- Frozen meatball package sizes vary. If yours is larger, add a bit more of the chili sauce and grape jelly (like up to 1.5 or 2 cups each).
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. I used ketchup in the nutrition info since my database doesn't have Heinz chili sauce. It's similar in calories, so it gives you a ballpark figure.