Crockpot Meatballs and Gravy Recipe

Crockpot meatballs recipe

​The Spruce Eats / Katarina Zunic

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 8 hrs
Total: 8 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
516 Calories
38g Fat
21g Carbs
25g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 516
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 38g 48%
Saturated Fat 13g 64%
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 1583mg 69%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 201mg 15%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 568mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This simple six-ingredient recipe for crockpot meatballs and gravy tastes fabulous served over mashed potatoes, hot rice, or buttered egg noodles. It also works as a hot appetizer for a winter party. This is one of the easiest recipes ever, perfect for beginning cooks or anyone looking for simple recipes to use with the slow cooker.

Frozen cooked meatballs are one of the best convenience foods. They can be found at most major grocery stores. Another option is the next time you make meatballs, double your recipe and freeze half of the meatballs. For this recipe, you can use plain meatballs, wild rice meatballs, Italian style meatballs, or any homemade meatballs. Choose whichever protein you prefer, including turkey, beef, chicken or a combination of meats for the meatballs.

You can certainly add more ingredients to this recipe if you'd like. Vegetables like baby carrots and green beans or extra seasonings such as chopped onion and minced garlic would all be a delicious and healthy addition. 

For a complete dinner, serve this dish with a green salad tossed with mushrooms and grape tomatoes and drizzled with a tangy dressing. If you are hosting a party, these meatballs are also great for a warm appetizer. Serve them with small toothpicks and mini plates so your guests can eat a few as they mix and mingle. If you are serving these as an appetizer, stick with smaller sized store-bought meatballs or prepare smaller homemade meatballs.

If you have any leftover meatballs, they are great as is the next day. You'll just need to warm them up on the stovetop or in the microwave. Another option is to put the leftover meatballs on a roll for meatball subs. For an extra kick, add cranberry sauce and a little bit of horseradish to the bread.


  • 2 pounds frozen cooked meatballs

  • 1 (10-ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup with roasted garlic

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 (1.2-ounce) package dry turkey gravy mix

  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram

  • 2 medium bay leaves

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for meatballs
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  2. Place the frozen meatballs in a 4 to 5-quart crockpot.

    Meatballs in crockpot
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  3. Add the condensed soup, water, dry gravy mix, thyme, and bay leaves and stir gently. If you are adding other vegetables, cut them all the same size and add them to the slow cooker now.

    Add condensed soup
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  4. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours or until the meatballs are hot and tender and the sauce is bubbling.

    Cover slow cooker
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  5. Remove and discard the bay leaves before serving.

    Crockpot meatballs and gravy
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  6. Serve this mixture over mashed potatoes or buttered egg noodles for a tasty and filling dinner.

    Meatballs and gravy
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