When it comes to fun, easy appetizers, nothing beats the versatility of a meatball, and these grape jelly meatballs are no exception.
Whether you’re serving them on toothpicks or part of another dish, these sweet chili cocktail meatballs are guaranteed to be a hit. The sauce itself only has three ingredients, but you’d never know it was so simple with the spot-on sweet and spicy flavor.
Plus, once you’ve served this, your guests will be able to boast that they’ve had this fabled southern-favorite-turned-Pinterest-popular recipe, giving them some culinary street cred.
And who doesn’t need more notches on their culinary street cred?
They’re like merit badges, but for food.
What do meatballs with grape jelly and chili sauce taste like?
This recipe has a combination of grape jelly (sweet) and chili sauce (spice), so the best comparison would probably be a sweet chili sauce.
I personally feel this recipe is more sweet than spicy, but if you’d like the sauce to have little more kick, just adjust the amount of cayenne pepper until you have enough heat.
Can you freeze grape jelly meatballs?
Yes, you totally can!
If you’re saving leftovers, allow the meatballs and sauce to cool and then store them in a sealable bag or container.
If you’re meal prepping just to have the meatballs on hand, you can place either cooled or frozen meatballs in a toothpicks, cover them with the prepared grape jelly sauce, seal the bag, and then store in the freezer.
Meatballs can be stored in the freezer for up to three months.
What to eat with grape jelly meatballs
These cocktail meatballs work great as a meal by themselves (either served right out of the crock pot or on a serving tray with toothpicks or skewers), but you can also have them as a meal if you’d like.
When serving, I’d recommend pairing grape jelly meatballs with:
- Any type of mild-flavored rice dish, such as cilantro rice, fried rice, etc.
- Cooked greens, such as asparagus, green beans, or carrots (but not sweet carrots).
Notes & tips for meatballs with grape jelly sauce
- I recently upgraded my crock pot to one that comes with bowls for 2.5 Quart, 4 Quart, and 6 Quart and I highly recommend it! It’s so nice to have one unit that can make fabulous dinners and heat up party dips. You can pick one up here: Choose-A-Crock Programmable Slow Cooker, 6 quart/4 quart/2 x 1.5 quart.
- If serving these as an appetizer, be sure you have toothpicks!
Other great appetizer recipes
Hot Pimento Cheese Dip
Easy French Onion Soup
The Best Deviled Eggs
How to make crock pot grape jelly meatballs
This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.
Step 1 – In a medium bowl, whisk together grape jelly, chili sauce, and cayenne pepper. Do your best to get the sauce smooth, but it’s okay if you’re having trouble breaking up the grape jelly; the heat from the crock pot will melt them.
Step 2 – Toss the frozen meatballs into a crock pot, then drizzle the grape jelly sauce on top. Use a spoon or spatula to quickly toss the meatballs to coat them.
Step 3 – Cover crock pot and cook.
Step 4 – Serve and enjoy!