This is an extremely easy appetizer that keeps them coming back for seconds.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
6
Yield:
32 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a large roasting pan with aluminum foil.

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  • Shape ground beef into golf-size balls. Place on prepared roasting pan for 20 to 25 minutes until done.

  • Meanwhile heat the jelly, chili sauce and mustard together in a 2 quart Dutch oven. Drain and add meatballs to the Dutch oven. Cover and simmer on low for 1/2 hour. Serve hot in chaffing dish with toothpicks.

Nutrition Facts

601 calories; protein 25.7g 51% DV; carbohydrates 33.4g 11% DV; fat 40.4g 62% DV; cholesterol 128.6mg 43% DV; sodium 313.3mg 13% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2008
Fantastic! Everybody loves these. Like other reviewers I think it calls for a bit more chili sauce. I used a 4 lb. bag of frozen meatballs a 32 oz. jar of grape jam a 12 oz. jar of chili sauce and 2 Tbsp. mustard. It helps a great deal to warm the sauce mixture in a saucepan and whisk it up so the jelly breaks down and it's nicely combined before pouring over the meatballs. I started this with frozen meatballs with the crockpot on low and they were perfect in 4 hours. Kept them on low throughout the party. UPDATE: Made again with a big package (Costco) of Aidells Chicken and Pineapple Terriyaki meatballs and it was better. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/01/2011
Tasty and easy appetizer. Read More
(5)
223 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 155
  • 4 star values: 48
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2008
Fantastic! Everybody loves these. Like other reviewers I think it calls for a bit more chili sauce. I used a 4 lb. bag of frozen meatballs a 32 oz. jar of grape jam a 12 oz. jar of chili sauce and 2 Tbsp. mustard. It helps a great deal to warm the sauce mixture in a saucepan and whisk it up so the jelly breaks down and it's nicely combined before pouring over the meatballs. I started this with frozen meatballs with the crockpot on low and they were perfect in 4 hours. Kept them on low throughout the party. UPDATE: Made again with a big package (Costco) of Aidells Chicken and Pineapple Terriyaki meatballs and it was better. Read More
(228)
Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2007
Really good! i put a costco pack of frozen meatballs (3/4 of the italian meatball pack...it was all that would fit in the crock pot!) two heinz bottles of chili sauce 40 oz of smuckers grape jelly (2 squeeze tubes) a pinch of kosher salt 1 tablespoon of worchishire sauce and 2 TBSP of regular mustard. Really easy the meatballs were gone in 30 minutes. Read More
(155)
Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2005
Made these as an appetizer for a large gathering. 15 pounds (3 bags) of armour carmelized pre-made meatballs 3 jars of chile sauce 1 jar of grape jelly I used powdered mustard and 3 tablespoons of chili powder. Put the sauce over the meatballs in a crock pot they were gone in 1/2 hour. Everyone was coming in the kitchen looking for more and then asking for the recipe. I felt foolish because it's so simple! This is a TNT (tried and true) keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2007
I was pretty skeptical about this recipe I mean grape jelly and chili sauce? It sounds like an unlikely combo. But I was having 60 people for my son's first birthday and needed something easy that I could make in advance so I tried it. I used frozen cocktail meatballs (3 lb bag). They were gone after about 10 minutes and everyone was asking for more (in spite of there being plenty of everything else on the table) They were FANTASTIC. I wish I'd made twice as many. The only changes I made were to use a whole jar of each grape jelly and chili sauce a tablespoon or so of dijon and about the same of worcester sauce. I dumped everything in the crockpot and left in on low for about 4 hours. AMAZING. Easy and a huge crowd pleaser! I will make again for New Year's! Thanks for the great recipe! Read More
(49)
Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2007
I made these meatballs for a Super Bowl Party and they came out great. Everyone wanted the recipe. I made my own italian meatballs and used one jar of Heinz chili sauce and one jar of Smuckers grape jelly with 2 tab. of Nance's Sharp and Creamy mustard. I cooked the sauce ingredients on the stove top until well blended and bubbly and then put the meatballs after they were cooked in the oven into my crockpot and poured the sauce on top and let them cook on low for 3 hrs. Perfect. They were tasty and moist. You just have to remember to give them a stir into the sauce every once in a while if they're not already gone by then. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2007
Delicious! I used frozen meatballs and turned out great. I also used the entire jar of jelly (18oz) and the whole bottle of chili sauce. Put in the crockpot on low for about 90 minutes. They went fast! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2007
These are soooooo good! My husband and daughter loved them as much as I did and it's not easy to find something all of us like! We had a package of frozen meatballs in the freezer that we didn't like (a different brand than we normally buy) and I decided I would use them up at an upcoming potluck so I came here to look for ideas. When I came across this recipe I read it aloud to my husband and he kept saying "grape jelly?" We were very curious so he asked me to make them a head of time. He couldn't believe I used the same meatballs that he didn't like previously when I used them with speghetti. Anyway - other than using frozen meatballs I followed the recipe exact and I highly recommend. Thank you! Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2003
Another old family favorite! Definitely try these meatballs! I personally use the pre-made meatballs (frozen) to save time. Everyone always loves them!! Read More
(17)
Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2012
I first tried these at a co-worker's Christmas party about 10 years ago. I cringed when she said the sauce was just grape jelly and chili sauce! Huh? How can these two ingredients taste so good together? I've been making them ever since but like most reviewers I also use frozen meatballs in the crockpot and always heat the jelly and chili sauce first in a small saucepan to avoid jelly globs. I add a few splashes of worchestershire 3/4 tsp ground mustard garlic/onion powders to taste and even a little minced garlic. After thoroughly heated I pour the sauce over the meatballs stir well to evenly coat and keep the crockpot on low for a few hours. I made these today as part of our annual New Year's Day appetizer spread and my husband picky 3 1/2 year-old daughter and I were gobbling these up like there was no tomorrow! Fantastically easy delicious and always a crowd-pleaser I will be making these for years to come. This sauce also pairs well with 'Lil Smokies too! Read More
(16)
Rating: 2 stars
02/01/2011
Tasty and easy appetizer. Read More
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