Rating: 4.5 stars
17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

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.

Recipe Summary

10 mins
40 mins
50 mins


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


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

  • Place meatballs on a foil-lined, rimmed baking sheet; bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until cooked 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 sauce; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes.


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

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

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

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

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

Twist 6: For a delicious grape version, substitute grape jelly for red currant jelly.

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

Nutrition Facts

234 calories; protein 12.2g; carbohydrates 28.6g; fat 7.8g; cholesterol 60.7mg; sodium 680.2mg. Full Nutrition