Slow-Cooker Cranberry Chili Meatballs

"Found this recipe in Women's Day Special Holiday Magazine and love the thought of these meatballs for our holiday appy table. This is another similer recipes but this is enough differant I wanted to post it. The description says these play on the sweet-tart flavor of cranberry against vibrant chili sauce. And talk about easy, use frozne meatballs and let the slow-cooker do the work"
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Ready In:
3hrs 5mins




  • Put cranberry sauce, chili sauce and water in slow-cooker and stir to combine.
  • Add meatballs and stir to coat them with the sauce.
  • Cover and cook on low 3-4 hours, until bubbly and meatballs are heated through.
  • Stir; serve warm from the cooker.
  • Tip: Add 2 packed tablspoons brown sugar and t teaspoon of lemon juice to the sauce for a sweet-sour variatin.

Questions & Replies

  1. I used to have this similar recipe 30 years ago and have been thinking of It! Just like it except the one I followed used grape jelly! Was wonderful! Has anyone heard of this? Have recipe?
  2. Can these meatballs be cooked ahead of time and the rewarmed in the sauce ?


  1. I make this recipe often, but I add a well drained 15 oz can of sauerkraut. AMAZING :)
  2. These are awesome! I've made them in a dutch oven on the stove too, and used frozen meatballs. I like them as an appetizer and as a main dish.
  3. Try using a small Crock-Pot. About 3-4 qt. I do appetizers for company all the time in mine.
  4. We make these every year around Christmas. We usually use homemade meatballs and bake them in the oven, but this time I needed something easy that wouldn't take up oven space. I love that these just cook in the crock pot! It was a great alternative. Of course, frozen meatballs are never as good as homemade, but they were delicious nonetheless. Thanks for this easy variation on a classic recipe.
  5. Made these for our annual Thanksgiving meal family get-together. They went over VERY well & there was NO leftovers!!! I added the brown sugar & lemon juice. Will DEFFO make these again!!! THANKS for sharing!!!


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