This zesty meatball recipe is always a hit with any crowd. The basic, two-ingredient sauce can be switched up by simply combining Heinz Chili Sauce with any sweet spread such as peach jam, grape jelly or mango chutney. And, for the ultimate shortcut, you can use prepared meatballs.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Gently blend beef, breadcrumbs, egg, milk, onion, garlic, salt and pepper until evenly combined. Form into about 40 bite-sized meatballs.

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  • Place meatballs on a foil-lined, rimmed baking sheet; bake for 20 minutes or until cooked all the way through.

  • Combine chili sauce and jelly in a saucepan set over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until jelly dissolves, about 5 minutes.

  • Add cooked meatballs to the sauce; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. Makes 8 servings.

Tips

Twist 1: For a meat variation, use ground turkey or pork for the ground beef.

Twist 2: For a vegetarian option, purchase ready made veggie “meatballs” and heat in the sauce for 10 to 15 minutes.

Twist 3: For a peachy version, substitute peach jam for the red currant jelly.

Twist 4: For a tangy citrus version, substitute citrus marmalade for the red currant jelly.

Twist 5: For a sweet and spicy version, substitute hot pepper jelly for the red currant jelly.

Twist 6: For a grape-licious version, substitute grape jelly for the red currant jelly.

Twist 7: For an Indian-influenced version, substitute mango chutney for the red currant jelly.

Nutrition Facts

234 calories; protein 12.2g; carbohydrates 28.6g; fat 7.8g; cholesterol 60.7mg; sodium 680.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2012
The meatballs were a bit on the salty side so I'm going to use just half the amount of salt next time I make these. I used hot pepper jelly instead of the currant jelly and they were delicious! Next time I'm going to try the citrus marmalade:) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/18/2014
I use the chili sauce but switch out the jelly for whole cranberry sauce. If you want it a little sweeter add brown sugar more sour add vinegar (sparingly). I find the meatballs at least with this sauce are better without salt and onion. Read More
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17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2012
The meatballs were a bit on the salty side so I'm going to use just half the amount of salt next time I make these. I used hot pepper jelly instead of the currant jelly and they were delicious! Next time I'm going to try the citrus marmalade:) Read More
(18)
Rating: 4 stars
01/14/2013
I use the currant jelly/chili sauce combo for my Sweet n Sour kielbasa (recipe on this site) I've been making it for YEARS and it's so simple! Can go right in the Crockpot...I love this sauce! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2012
I've been making this receipe since 1977 it is easy and a crowd pleaser everytime. You can't go wrong with this meatballs and Heinz Chili Sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2013
yum! just what I was looking for! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2013
I used Heinz ketchup chili powder grape jelly and a bit of bbq sauce. My whole family loved it. I used frozen meatballs and put everything in my slow cooker on high about 90 minutes. Canned sliced pineapples and frozen peppers and onion were sauteed on the side along with instant rice. This way only the kids that wanted the pepper mixture could add it. Fast and super simple for busy mom weeknight meal. Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
02/18/2014
I am used to making meatballs with grape jelly and decided to try this recipe for a change. It was okay. I found the cranberry to give it a tangy taste which took a little getting used to for me. Think I'll stick to the grape jelly version for now. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2014
I've been making these meatballs for years. I have always used the grape jelly and these meatballs are always a hit when I make them for parties. We also love them for dinner served over white rice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2014
Classic recipe that is so good. I like using soft breadcrumbs in meatloaf and meatballs. I used grape "all fruit" jelly in the sauce and it is perfectly sweet and tangy. Instead of using as an appetizer I served them with steamed white rice for dinner. Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/17/2014
I use the chili sauce but switch out the jelly for whole cranberry sauce. If you want it a little sweeter add brown sugar more sour add vinegar (sparingly). I find the meatballs at least with this sauce are better without salt and onion. Read More
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