Slow Cooker Sweet and Tangy Meatballs Recipe

These Slow Cooker Sweet and Tangy Meatballs only have 3 simple ingredients. Throw them in your crock pot and serve them over a rice as a main dish or eat them with toothpicks as a quick appetizer.
Slow Cooker Sweet and Tangy Meatballs Recipe

Slow Cooker Sweet and Tangy Meatballs are one of our go-to meals because they only require 3 easy ingredients!

Make these meatballs in the Instant Pot! CLICK HERE to get the instructions.

You can serve these meatballs as a main dish over rice – we love them this way!

But they are also an incredible appetizer – we keep them warm in the slow cooker and put a cup of toothpicks next to it so that your family and friends and serve themselves and enjoy a meatball appetizer on a toothpick.

Ingredients needed for Sweet and Tangy Meatballs:

  • chili sauce (found near the ketchup at the grocery store)
  • grape jelly
  • frozen meatballs

How to make Sweet and Tangy Meatballs in the slow cooker:

  1. Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Combine jelly and chili sauce in a crock pot and stir until smooth. Heat the mixture if needed to combine.
  3. Add meatballs or cocktail sausages and set temperature to low. Cook for 2-5 hours on low.
  4. Serve over rice or with toothpicks.

Related recipe: if you love these slow cooker meatballs, try our Instant Pot Italian Meatballs (we know you’ll love them, too!).

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Can I turn these meatballs into a freezer meal?

Freezer meals are one of our favorite dinners, because you can prep ahead of time and eat them at a later time (like a busy weeknight!).

Here’s how to make this into a freezer meal:

In a bowl, combine chili sauce and grape jelly until smooth.

Place meatballs in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag.

Pour in the chili sauce mixture and mix together in the bag until thoroughly combined. Zip bag closed.

When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours.

Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray and place contents of bag inside slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 1-2 hours or LOW for 3-4 hours.

I usually double this recipe and freeze half of it for another day. It’s also a recipe I know everyone in my family will love and eat.

More meatball recipes you will love:

  • Brown Sugar Turkey Meatballs
  • Salisbury Steak Meatballs
  • Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs
  • Mango Coconut Meatballs
  • Honey Sriracha Ground Turkey Meatballs
  • Instant Pot Hawaiian Meatballs
  • Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs
  • Homemade Turkey Meatball Subs
  • Slow Cooker Honey Buffalo Meatballs
  • Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Meatballs
meatballs in sweet sauce over rice on a white plate

Serves:
8

Slow Cooker Sweet and Tangy Meatballs Recipe

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These Slow Cooker Sweet and Tangy Meatballs only have 3 simple ingredients. Throw them in your crock pot and serve them over a rice as a main dish or eat them with toothpicks as a quick appetizer.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
5 hours
Total Time
5 hours 5 minutes

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Ingredients

  • 12 ounces chili sauce
  • 16 ounces grape jelly
  • 2 pounds frozen meatballs

Instructions

  • Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Combine jelly and chili sauce in a crock pot and stir until smooth. Heat the mixture if needed to combine.
  • Add meatballs and set temperature to low. Cook for 2-5 hours on low.
  • Serve over rice for a main dish or with toothpicks for an appetizer.

Notes

  • To Make Into A FREEZER MEAL: In a bowl, combine chili sauce and grape jelly until smooth. Place meatballs in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Pour in the chili sauce mixture and mix together in the bag until thoroughly combined. Zip bag closed. When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray and place contents of bag inside slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 1-2 hours or LOW for 3-4 hours. 
  • You could also substitute the frozen meatballs for cocktail sausages.
  • You can use turkey meatballs, chicken meatballs, or beef meatballs.

Nutrition

Calories: 500 kcal
·
Carbohydrates: 47 g
·
Protein: 20 g
·
Fat: 24 g
·
Saturated Fat: 9 g
·
Cholesterol: 82 mg
·
Sodium: 651 mg
·
Potassium: 526 mg
·
Fiber: 3 g
·
Sugar: 32 g
·
Vitamin A: 297 IU
·
Vitamin C: 13 mg
·
Calcium: 36 mg
·
Iron: 2 mg

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker

Recipe Details

Course:
Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine:
American

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