Easy Cocktail Meatballs

This is one of my husband’s favorite appetizers.  I know the ingredients sound a bit weird, but trust me, they’re good! You could always make your own meatballs, if you have that kind of time on your hands.

I know many people who like to prepare this with jellied cranberry sauce in place of the grape jelly, especially at the holidays.  It’s a great recipe for parties and other gatherings since it feeds a crowd and can be kept warm in a slow cooker.

cocktail meatballs

Easy Cocktail Meatballs
Prep time
  • 60 frozen meatballs
  • 1 (12 oz.) bottle chili sauce
  • 1 (10 oz.) jar grape jelly
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  1. Place meatballs in large sauce pan or slow cooker.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over meatballs.
  3. Heat on low until warmed through and ready to serve.

Who Dished It Up First: I honestly can’t remember where I first came across this recipe.  I vaguely remember a friend once telling me about “the meatballs made with grape jelly and cocktail sauce.”  I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that this recipe was included in the very first Crock-Pot instruction manual back in 1971.



  1. I make these with strawberry jam and chili sauce for over 20 years. I also make the meatballs by hand, adding roasted garlic to the meat and savory spices. Wonderful.!!

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