Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Cranberry Meatballs

Just 3 ingredients to make a delicious appetizer that’s holiday perfect! These Slow Cooker Cranberry meatballs take no time to prep and heat up perfectly in a couple of hours on a high setting. So tasty, it would be an instant hit for your Christmas or New Year’s Eve Parties!

The holiday season is a busy time indeed! This year has been quite a challenging one for me personally. Not only because I had to battle a nasty cold (or was it the flu?) which I got right after Thanksgiving.

I knew I had to prepare for back-to-back Christmas parties plus other hospitalities which involved preparing meals for sweet ladies of our church who were both due to give birth this month!

I am happy to note that as of this writing, they’ve both delivered the cutest babies! Thankfully, amid all the holiday chaos, I managed to make some meals for them too.

Because of all this busyness, I needed to find party food that didn’t require much preparation at all. After all, I’m not just cooking one dish but usually 2-3 at a time. One has to be crazy easy to be included in the menu.

Thankfully, I remembered this easy recipe for cranberry meatballs which involved only 3 ingredients! Now that’s my kind of dish for the holiday season indeed. No fuss, hardly any prep, and yet so absolutely yummy!

You only need cranberry sauce (jellied or whole), chili sauce, and frozen but cooked meatballs! Easy, right? Simply combine and dump in the crockpot for the easiest and tastiest appetizers!

Because I’m Asian, I opted to use the Asian sweet chili sauce which worked quite well too. I adjusted the amount because it’s spicier than American chili sauce. Whichever sauce you use, it’s guaranteed to be delicious! It’s the combination of all these ingredients that results in a very flavorful dish!

Can you cook frozen meatballs In a Slow Cooker?

Yes! I’ve done these many times already so they’re guaranteed to work. The best part, there’s no need to thaw the frozen meatballs. Into the crockpot, they go frozen!

For this particular recipe, simply place your frozen meatballs right into your slow cooker.  Then cover it all over with your sauce made from cranberry and chili sauces.

What can I serve with these Slow Cooker Cranberry Meatballs?

These meatballs are the perfect party appetizers and are great on their own. However, they can certainly be served as a main dish too. Serve it with mashed potatoes, over pasta, and certainly with rice (for my family!). You can also use these to make a festive holiday meatball sandwich!

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Just 3 ingredients to make a delicious appetizer that’s holiday perfect! These Slow Cooker Cranberry meatballs take no time to prep and heat up perfectly in a couple of hours on a high setting. So tasty, it would be an instant hit for your Christmas or New Year’s Eve parties!


WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS FOR SLOW COOKER 3-INGREDIENT CRANBERRY MEATBALLS MELTED?

  • 28 oz (approximately) fully cooked homemade or storebought frozen meatballs
  • 14 oz canned Jellied Cranberry Sauce, can also use whole-berry canned cranberry sauce.
  • 12 oz bottle Heinz Chili Sauce

HOW DO YOU MAKE THESE SLOW COOKER 3-INGREDIENT CRANBERRY MEATBALLS MELTED?

  • Mix the cranberry jelly and chili sauce in a bowl. Stir until well combined. Heating the mixture to make sure it’s fully mixed is an option.
  • Place the cooked frozen meatballs into the slow cooker or crockpot. Pour the sauce mixture on top. Stir and try to coat all the meatballs with the sauce.
  • Heat on HIGH for 2 hours or LOW for 4 hours, stirring occasionally. Once fully heated through, let simmer on LOW or WARM setting. These meatballs may be served straight from the slow cooker.

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SLOW COOKER 3-INGREDIENT CRANBERRY MEATBALLS

Manila Spoon
Just 3 ingredients to make a delicious appetizer that's holiday perfect! These Slow Cooker Cranberry meatballs take no time to prep and heats up perfectly in a couple of hours on high setting. So tasty, it would be a instant hit for your Christmas or New Year's Ever Parties!
4.85 from 13 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 303 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 28 oz fully cooked homemade or storebought frozen meatballs, (weight may vary between 26-28 oz depending on the brand)
  • 14 oz canned Jellied Cranberry Sauce, can also use whole berry canned cranberry sauce
  • 12 oz bottle Heinz Chili Sauce

Instructions
 

  • Mix together the cranberry jelly and chili sauce in a bowl. Stir until well combined. Heating the mixture to make sure it's fully mixed is an option.
  • Stir until well combined.
  • Heating the mixture to make sure it's fully mixed is an option.
  • Place the cooked frozen meatballs into the slow cooker or crockpot.
  • Pour the sauce mixture on top.
  • Stir and try to coat all the meatballs with the sauce.
  • Heat on HIGH for 2 hours or LOW for 4 hours, stirring occasionally. Once fully heated through, let simmer on LOW or WARM setting. These meatballs may be served straight from the slow cooker.

Notes

TIPS & TRICKS
You can also use Asian sweet chili sauce for this recipe. Since it’s spicier than the American chili sauce, use between 1/2-3/4 cup diluted with 1/4 cup water. You can adjust the heat level to your liking. Proceed with the  rest of the instructions above.

Nutrition

Calories: 303kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 15gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 57mgSodium: 502mgPotassium: 365mgFiber: 1gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 254IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg
Keyword crockpot 3 ingredient cranberry meatballs, slow cooker 3 ingredient cranberry meatballs, slow cooker cranberry meatballs
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Last updated on December 5th, 2023 at 09:10 pm

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6 Comments

  1. Kathleen
    January 5, 2023 / 7:15 pm

    5 stars
    Oh wow, only 3 ingredients? These quick, easy and flavorful meatballs are perfect for a party or game day.

  2. Shashi
    January 5, 2023 / 10:26 pm

    5 stars
    Simply cannot beat a 3 ingredient recipe like this – so tasty too! And perfect for game day snacking!

  3. Amanda Wren-Grimwood
    January 6, 2023 / 3:46 am

    5 stars
    Absolutely perfect for feeding a crowd at a party and so easy too. What a delicious idea.

  4. Ieva
    January 6, 2023 / 4:05 am

    5 stars
    Well, weren’t these delicious! So good! And such an easy way to make your ordinary meatballs extraordinary! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  5. Leader DeborahDJ
    January 7, 2023 / 12:37 am

    5 stars
    Never in my life did I think cranberries went with meatballs. Boy was I wrong!

  6. Donna
    June 12, 2023 / 11:19 am

    5 stars
    Can’t wait to make these.

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