Grape Jelly Meatballs

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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.

Easy 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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Why You’ll Love This Grape Jelly Meatballs Recipe

  • Easy. Just mix everything together in your crockpot, turn it on, then walk away. That’s it!
  • Simple ingredients. You’ll only need 3 ingredients to make this recipe. All of them are pre-made so it literally could not be any simpler.
  • So flavorful! Despite being ridiculously easy, this recipe is always a huge hit! The meatballs come out so tender and flavorful. Everyone is always coming back for seconds when I make this dish.
Heinz Chili Sauce and Welch's Grape Jelly with ready to cook meatballs

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:

chili sauce and grape jelly in a saucepan
  • 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.
hot Easy Grape Jelly Meatballs for a Crowd fresh from 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 – Add some hot sauce to their meatballs for a spicy kick
Easy Grape Jelly Meatballs for a Crowd ready to be served

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.

Easy Grape Jelly Meatballs for a Crowd on a white platter with toothpicks

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.
picking up a meatball with a toothpick
5 from 37 votes

Grape Jelly Meatballs

When you need a hearty snack, whip up a batch of these Easy Grape Jelly Meatballs for a Crowd. Tender meatballs slow cooked in a sweet and spicy sauce–you'll love how quickly you can have a great snack or appetizer made for your next gathering or just for a simple dinner.
Servings: 30
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 3 hours


  • 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.

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  • 6 quart (or larger) slow cooker


Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.02g | Saturated Fat: 0.003g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.1mg


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17 comments on “Grape Jelly Meatballs”

  1. Linda Cloghessy

    This also works with Little Smokies. I’m making them for tonight’s Super Bowl Party at my grandson’s request. Delicious for both.

  2. Going to try this for next church gathering. Looks great and easy to make. No fuss; no mess; good quantity.

    1. Can’t find chili sauce only have sweet red chili sauce & marinade. Would this work?