3-Ingredient Crockpot Meatballs

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The first time I ever tasted these gems was at a neighborhood summer potluck! I thought they were delicious and asked my friend Joann what the recipe was. She got this “guilty” look on her face and said, “Would you believe a jar of chili sauce, a jar of grape jelly, and a bag of frozen meatballs?” I laughed and said “If you say so! Regardless, they are DELICIOUS!” And I think I ate about a dozen!

I have wanted to make this “recipe” ever since, and it wasn’t until I saw this recipe from Six Sisters’ Stuff that my memory was jogged about how good they are! These tasty meatballs are definitely on the menu for our New Year’s Eve noshing!

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3-Ingredient Crockpot Meatballs

Sweet & Tangy Crockpot Meatballs

  • 12 oz jar chili sauce
  • 16-18 oz jar grape jelly
2 lb. package frozen meatballs

3-Ingredient Crockpot Meatballs

Add all ingredients to a crockpot and mix. Cook for 2-5 hours on low. Serve with toothpicks as an appetizer or hors d’oeuvres, or serve over rice to make it a meal.

3-Ingredient Crockpot Meatballs

These meatballs couldn’t be easier to make, and they’re a real crowd-pleaser. If you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party or get-together this year, adding these meatballs to your menu is a no-brainer! (You may also want to print out copies of this post to hand out to everyone who’s going to be asking you for the recipe!) ;-)

Crockpot meatballs

A table with a bunch of Meatballs on it, cooked in a Crockpot using a 3-Ingredient recipe.

3-Ingredient Crockpot Meatballs

Jill Nystul
The first time I ever tasted these gems was at a neighborhood summer potluck! These tasty meatballs are definitely on the menu for our New Year’s Eve noshing!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 5 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 20
Calories 200 kcal


  • 12 oz jar chili sauce
  • 16-18 oz jar grape jelly
  • 2 lb. package frozen meatballs


  • Add ingredients to a crockpot and mix.
  • Cook for 2-5 hours on low.


Calories: 200kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 8gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 260mgPotassium: 210mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 120IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 0.6mg

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  • Is there actually any brand of commercial meatballs in which onion ISN’T the dominant flavor? If anyone else has an onion-averse family and knows of a brand that’s sold nationally, I’d appreciate knowing.

    • I have never used raw meatballs before! I would cook them first, just to be safe. I’d worry that the sauce would thicken too much by the time the meatballs were cooked through. Sorry for the bad news!

  • I have been making this recipe for 39 years and added beef gravy to give it a different taste. Everyone loves them and during the holidays it is hard to find the ingredients sometimes. My grandson told me to stop giving my recipies out.

  • I have made this recipe for years and years and have taken it to potlucks and made it for parties at my own home, and it is ALWAYS a huge hit. I use Trader Joe’s frozen cocktail meatballs.

  • Just a question have u ever tried making them with sweet and sour sauce and using can pineapple .That is good as well.My friend from Ottawa told me about it and we tried it so yummy as well.

  • Heinz makes the Chili Sauce (has a big white label) and they have for just years. I usually cannot make this although I know it is excellent because I’m Gluten Free and all factory produced meatballs have wheat (gluten) in them. Have made it with jellied cranberry sauce but I think I won’t anymore as jellied cranberry sauce has high fructose corn syrup in it (and lots of it since the stuff is so sweet) and I see that Welch’s Grape Jelly does as well. Be aware of what they put in food (HFCS is a industrial chemical modified sugar).

  • Hello – I have a suggestion. During the Christmas holidays, the meatballs are fabulous if you substitute the whole berry canned cranberrys! They taste awesome!!

    For the person who wrote in above chili sauce is called that chili sauce you can find it in most any grocery store!

    • You substitute whole berry cranberries in a CAN for what? For the grape jelly or the chili sauce?
      Cranberries and grape jelly would make it awfully sweet….would it not? So I am guessing you mean cranberries and chili and omit the grape jelly??
      Please clarify. I am anxious to try this.

  • Do you by chance have a recipe for chilli sauce? It’s not something I usually have on hand, so I’m not sure which would be that best :)

    Thanks for sharing! I’m hoping to try this very soon!

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