Crock Pot Sweet and Spicy Meatballs


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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 2 hrs 15 mins
Total: 2 hrs 25 mins
Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
271 Calories
20g Fat
10g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 10
Amount per serving
Calories 271
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 1807mg 79%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Protein 13g
Calcium 77mg 6%
*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 recipe is a classic simply because it's so delicious. And when it's made in your crock pot, it's so easy. Using your crock pot means all you have to do is stir occasionally while it's sitting the buffet—if you have any left to stir!

We think the cocktail sauce is delicious with the jelly; it's basically just like chili sauce but a bit spicy, but use chili sauce if that is your preference. Any jelly or jam and any spicy tomato-based sauce will work well. Try using apricot or peach preserves with Italian tomato sauce, or use plum jam with cocktail sauce.


  • 2 pounds precooked frozen meatballs or your own homemade meatballs
  • 1 cup grape or apple jelly
  • 2 cups chili sauce or cocktail sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat meatballs in the oven as directed on package.

  3. Place in 3 to 4-quart crock pot.

  4. Mix jelly and chili sauce or cocktail sauce thoroughly in a small bowl, pour over meatballs and stir well.

  5. Cover crock pot and heat on high 1 to 2 hours until sauce is hot. Turn heat to low until ready to serve, stirring occasionally. Keep the slow cooker on "keep warm" setting, stirring occasionally, as your guests dive in.

  6. Enjoy!


  • You can use any type of cooked meatball in this recipe—but it has to be cooked. If you try to cook the meatballs in this sauce, the sauce will be much too greasy. Use frozen precooked meatballs, any meatball from my recipe box, or your own favorite. Cook them to 165 F, drain, then add to the slow cooker.