Cranberry Meatballs – like the classic grape jelly meatballs but made with cranberry sauce for the perfect holiday appetizer! Made in the crockpot, only 3 ingredients!
Originally published December 21, 2011, updated on December 18, 2019.
Hi guys, today I am updating an old post (from 2011! How have I been on the internet that long?!) for Cranberry Meatballs that had terrible pictures because I thought about this recipe the other day and remembered how much I love it.
You know that grape jelly meatballs that you see at every party and potluck? The ones that you can’t explain why you love them but you can’t stop eating them? These cranberry meatballs are pretty much those meatballs but made with jellied cranberry sauce instead of the grape jelly. They aren’t quite as sweet as the grape jelly ones so if you find those a little too sweet, these will be perfect for you.
Slow Cooker Cranberry Meatballs are the perfect holiday appetier and so easy. Only 3 ingredients and cooked in the slow cooker!
How To Make Cranberry Meatballs
This is the easiest holiday appetizer ever! Only 3 ingredients and really no prep work involved.
You take a bag of frozen meatballs (of course, you can make your own if you really want to) and put it in the slow cooker. And then top it with a can of jellied cranberry sauce and a bottle of Heinz chili sauce. Give it a good stir and let it cook on high in the slow cooker for about 4 hours.
The cranberry sauce loosens up as it cooks so I like to give the cranberry meatballs a good stir once an hour or so.
Once they are cooked, you can just leave your slow cooker on warm and put some toothpicks next to it and let your guests serve themselves. The Cranberry Meatballs also make a great easy dinner option, served over some rice or mashed potatoes with a veggie on the side. My kids are obsessed with them and happily ate them for dinner the night I took these photos.
Where to Find Heinz Chili Sauce?
Heinz Chili Sauce is a lot like ketchup – the bottle even says it’s great on hot dogs! – so you’ll find it near the ketchup and marinades in the grocery store. It looks like one of the old fashioned glass ketchup bottles.
If you can’t find it in your grocery store, you can always order it online.
What Size Slow Cooker Should I Use?
I used my 6-quart Crockpot Multi-Cooker (that I love and highly recommend) and I don’t advise using anything smaller. You need a little extra space to stir the cranberry meatballs around to make sure the sauce coats all the meatballs.
How Long Are Cranberry Meatballs Good For?
These cranberry meatballs should be fine to consume up to 4 days after you cook them if stored properly. Keep them in the fridge in an airtight container.
More Meatball Recipes
- Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs
- Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy BBQ Meatballs
- Honey Chipotle Turkey Meatballs
- Slow Cooker Jalapeno Jelly Meatballs
- 1 2 pound bag frozen meatballs (can use turkey or beef)
- 1 15-ounce can jellied cranberry sauce
- 1 12-ounce bottle Heinz chili sauce
- Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook on high for 3 - 4 hours until the meatballs are hot and the sauce has thickened slightly.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 72Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 401mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g