Last Updated on October 7, 2022 by Allison Lancaster
If you are searching for an easy appetizer recipe, look no further than this 3 ingredient slow cooker meatball recipe. The delicious flavors simmer in your slow cooker while you prepare for your guests’ arrival. This is the perfect appetizer recipe you will want to make over and over again!
Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs
I can almost guarantee that anyone on your guest list will love these slow-cooker meatballs! They are a delicious addition to any party. If you are looking for a quick and easy weeknight dinner, this crockpot meatball recipe is also delicious and served over rice!
How to make Crockpot Meatballs with Grape Jelly
This recipe is so simple it will leave you wondering “did I miss a step?”. Don’t worry, you didn’t!
First, add your package of frozen meatballs to your slow cooker.
After you’ve added the frozen meatballs to your slow cooker, cover them with chili sauce. You can find this in the ketchup aisle of your grocery store (I know because I have searched many a store for it, only to find it hiding in plain sight).
Once you’ve added the chili sauce, add your grape jelly, cover, and cook on low for 4 hours or until the meatballs are cooked. I also stir mine a few times as they get closer to being cooked so that all of the flavors mesh, but there’s no need to stir at first-it gives the jelly time to warm and melt over the meatballs.
While this isn’t the fanciest recipe, it is a delicious and hearty meal for parties, or just for a light dinner one night! Enjoy!
What is meatball sauce made of?
This meatball sauce is made of chili sauce and grape jelly. The flavors combine for a sweet yet savory appetizer.
How long does it take to cook meatballs in the slow cooker?
I recommend cooking your meatballs for at least 4 hours in your slow cooker on the low setting. This allows them to simmer in the delicious sauce without overcooking. If you are in a hurry, you can cook this recipe on high for 1-2 hours, stirring frequently.
How do I serve slow cooker meatballs?
These are great to serve alone as a delicious party appetizer. You can add them to a platter, stick toothpicks in and you have an easy and quick appetizer for your party or game day. If you are looking for a quick weeknight meal, this is a delicious crockpot dinner recipe. You can serve them over rice or by themselves.
How do I store the leftover meatballs?
Allow any leftover meatballs to fully cool. After allowing them to fully cool, place them in a plastic or glass container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Can I use another type of jelly for 3 ingredient slow cooker meatballs?
I only recommend using grape jelly. I have tried a few other types and the flavor is just better when you use the combination of grape jelly and chili sauce!
Can I use BBQ sauce in this recipe?
Some people like to add in BBQ sauce to their slow cooker meatballs, I personally prefer chili sauce and grape jelly. If you do add BBQ sauce, I would recommend adding 1/2-1 cup only to the recipe.
Will my meatballs fall apart in the slow cooker?
Nope! The only reason they may fall apart is if you cook them too high for too long.
Can I serve meatballs on game day?
Absolutely! This is a very popular game day appetizer recipe. If you are heading out to a tailgate party, you can pack up your slow cooker and bring these with you!
How do I cook meatballs on the stove top?
You don’t have to use your slow cooker for this recipe! You can also cook them on the stove top by adding them to a pan and simmering on low for 1-2 hours.
3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Meatballs
If you are searching for a delicious appetizer recipe, look no further than this 3 ingredient meatball appetizer recipe. The delicious flavors simmer in your slow cooker while you prepare for your guests' arrival. This is a recipe you will want to make over and over again!
- 1 Package of Frozen Meatballs
- 1 Cup of Chili Sauce
- 2 Cups of Grape Jelly
Place frozen meatballs in the bottom of your slow cooker
Cover with chili sauce
Add grape jelly over top
Cover and cook on low for 4 hours, stirring occasionally