These delicious slow cooker grape jelly meatballs are made with just 3 ingredients and slow cooked until perfectly tender and full of flavor. Serve these crockpot grape jelly meatballs at your next party!
I love making appetizers in my crockpot. Especially easy recipes like these grape jelly meatballs. They are made with just 3 ingredients: frozen meatballs, a jar of grape jelly, and a bottle of chili sauce. That’s it. It’s an easy-peasy recipe that you can just throw together in your slow cooker and walk away.
Slow cooker grape jelly meatballs are the perfect appetizer for a party at your house or for a pot luck. Just keep the meatballs in the crockpot and bring the whole thing with you. When you get to the party, plug in your crock pot and set it to keep warm so they stay perfectly warm and ready during the entire party.
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How to make Crockpot Grape Jelly Meatballs?
As mentioned, this recipe is only three ingredients!
- Simply add a bag of frozen meatballs and top with grape jelly and chili sauce.
- Cook it on high for 3 hours.
- Then serve directly from the crockpot or on toothpicks.
Should I thaw meatballs before putting in crockpot?
No, you don’t need to thaw the meatballs. Just throw them in your crockpot from the freezer. They will thaw and warm directly in the slow cooker. That’s the beauty of this recipe. It is very easy and low fuss.
Should I Brown meatballs before putting in slow cooker?
No. You don’t need to brown your meatballs. They absorb the flavor and color of the grape jelly and chili sauce, so there is really no need to brown them first.
What can I use instead of grape jelly?
If you want to change up the flavor of these grape jelly meatballs, you could use apple jelly or orange marmalade. Both would be great flavors for these easy crockpot cocktail meatballs!
How long does it take to warm up frozen meatballs in a crockpot?
It takes about 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low to warm up frozen meatballs. Frozen meatballs are already cooked, so you are really looking to just defrost and warm the meatballs while cooking the sauce.
What if I don’t have chili sauce?
If you don’t have chili sauce you can make your own. The Spruce Eats has a great recipe for homemade chili sauce!
What to serve with grape jelly meatballs?
We love serving these meatballs with a variety of appetizers. Here are some ideas:
- Instant Pot Artichoke Dip
- Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks
- Triple Berry Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
- Pulled Pork Nachos
- 1 (12-ounce) bag frozen meatballs
- 1 (12-ounce) bottle chili sauce
- 1 (19-ounce) jar grape jelly
- Place meatballs in the crockpot.
- Pour the grape jelly and chili sauce on top of the meatballs.
- Cook on high for 3 hours.
- Remove the lid and give it a stir.
- Serve on toothpicks and enjoy!
Meatballs may be cooked on low for 6 hours.
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Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 5 meatballs
Amount Per Serving Calories 28Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 5mgSodium 57mgCarbohydrates 3gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 2gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 1g
Nutrition information is an estimate.
More meatball recipes:
- Instant Pot Cocktail Meatballs (Dr. Pepper Meatballs)
- Instant Pot Meatballs with BBQ Sauce
- Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs (Freezer Friendly)
- Crockpot Italian Meatballs
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