These Grape Jelly Meatballs are so easy! Tender meatballs are cooked in the slow cooker with a sweet and spicy sauce. With only 3 ingredients, you’ll love how quickly this simple recipe comes together.
The Best Meatballs with Grape Jelly
These meatballs rock! It would be hard to think of an easier appetizer for a party, but we also love to make these meatballs for a super easy grab-and-go meal. Just add slider buns and your family can scoop meatballs out of the slow cooker onto the buns to make their own little BBQ meatballs sandwiches. So good!
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Ingredients for Grape Jelly Meatballs
Here’s what you’ll need to make this meatball appetizer recipe (the exact measurements and full recipe instructions are below in the printable recipe card):
- Grape jelly – we like Welch’s grape jelly for the delicious concord grape flavor, but you can use any grape jelly for this recipe.
- Heinz Chili Sauce – be sure you’re using Heinz Chili Sauce and not a hot pepper sauce. Chili sauce is a spiced ketchup.
- Frozen meatballs – be sure to use a homestyle flavor and not Italian flavor.
How to Make Grape Jelly Meatballs
Are you ready to make the best grape jelly meatballs ever? Here’s how to do it:
- Make the sauce. To start, just dump all of the Heinz Chili Sauce and the grape jelly into a medium sauce pan. Heat this over medium heat, stirring often, until it begins to simmer.
- Add the meatballs. Place all of the frozen meatballs into a large slow cooker, then pour the sauce over top.
- Cook. Place the lid on the slow cooker and heat on low for 3 hours until the meatballs are hot.
- Stir. You may need to stir the meatballs a couple of times while they cook to be sure the sauce completely coats them.
- Serve the meatballs hot. You can serve them in a serving dish, or right out of the slow cooker.
How to Serve the Meatballs
Here are some ideas for serving your meatballs:
- Toothpicks – provide toothpicks for people to serve themselves meatballs.
- Buns – meatballs on slider buns are a great way to eat this appetizer and turn it into a casual meal.
- Hot sauce – some will love to add some hot sauce to their meatballs for a spicy kick
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use fresh meatballs?
Yes, you could use homemade meatballs instead if you prefer. Make sure you have fully cooked the meatballs first.
Can I use a different kind of jelly?
Of course! But then it won’t be grape jelly meatballs. 🙂 You could also use apple, apricot or even strawberry jelly.
Can I leave the chili out?
Yes, if you are not a fan of spicy foods then you can use regular ketchup instead of spicy ketchup.
How to Store and Reheat Extras
- Storage: Transfer leftover meatballs to a food storage container with a lid or a zip top bag. Refrigerate the meatballs for up to three days.
- To reheat: Pour the meatballs into a large saucepan and heat over medium heat, or microwave individual portions in 20-second increments until hot.
Easy Grape Jelly Meatballs for a Crowd
- 32 ounces grape jelly
- 2 12 ounce bottles Heinz Chili Sauce (24 ounces total)
- 5 pounds frozen fully cooked meatballs (homestyle, not Italian flavor)
- In a medium saucepan, combine the grape jelly and Heinz Chili Sauce. Heat over medium heat until the mixture begins to simmer, stirring often.
- Place the meatballs into a large slow cooker and pour the sauce over top of the meatballs.
- Slow cook the meatballs on high for 3 hours, or until hot.
- Serve the meatballs hot.
- 6 quart (or larger) slow cooker