Like a little black dress, these appetizers are timeless favorites at cocktail hour. Show them off on a platter or keep them at a low simmer in a slow cooker.



Recipe Summary

20 mins
16 mins
36 mins
50 meatballs


Original recipe yields 25 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F.

  • Mix meat, stuffing mix, water and eggs until blended. Shape into 50 (1-1/2-inch) meatballs; place in 2 foil-lined 15x10x1-inch pans sprayed with cooking spray.

  • Bake 16 min. or until done (160 degrees F). Meanwhile, bring jelly and chili sauce to boil in large saucepan on medium heat, stirring occasionally.

  • Add meatballs to sauce; stir to evenly coat.


Meatballs in sauce can also be served in a slow cooker set to warm.


If you don't have 2 (15x10x1-inch) pans, use any other shallow baking pans instead. Just make sure the meatballs are spread into a single layer in each pan.


Loosely pack cooled cooked meatballs in freezer-weight resealable plastic bags. Lay bags flat in freezer so meatballs will freeze individually. Store in freezer up to 3 months. Thaw in refrigerator several hours or overnight before cooking with the sauce until heated through, stirring frequently.

Nutrition Facts

138 calories; protein 8.4g 17% DV; carbohydrates 14.4g 5% DV; fat 5.1g 8% DV; cholesterol 40.2mg 13% DV; sodium 134.8mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
I make this sauce all the time for parties. I use frozen meatballs and cook it in the crock pot for simplicity. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
I make this sauce all the time for parties. I use frozen meatballs and cook it in the crock pot for simplicity. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
These meatballs were delicious and so easy! The only change I would make is to crush up the StoveTop stuffing before adding it to the meat. I think it would make the meatballs less chunky. Will definitely make again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This a very tasty meatball. The packaged stuffing mix added great flavor. I made this actually as written. I have made it many times now. I also have froze the meatballs and added sauce on serving day.Then served in a slow cooker for a brunch. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Great Idea!! We loved the sauce. I noticed that most people used premade frozen meat balls. I used 1.5 lbs of ground beef and 1 lbs of Italian hot ground pork sausage. I added about seasoning of about or more of the the following; onion powder garlic powder celery salt mixed pepper seasonings oregano and parsley flakes with the Stove top chicken stuffing mix 2 eggs and I used a 1/4 cup of red wine and 3/4 cup of water. The sauce I did not change with the 12 oz of grape jelly and chilli sauce. (used sriacha)Awesome meatballs I never thought it would of been so good!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Yep I use Pepperidge Farm Seasoned Stuffing mix It has herbs and not heavy on sodium. I find cooking them on the stove in the particular sauce keeps them much more flavorful and never crunchy or browned like a commercial burger. Simmer a large batch with a top and later lower heat to low. It usually takes about 75 minutes at best!! Bon Appetite MEATBALLS Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I have made this several times. At Christmas gatherings to UFC fights. They have been a hit every time. And the first things that are gone. Very very yummy!! I make just as recipe calls. 100% yummy-luscious!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I put the sauce in the crockpot on high while I made the meatballs and at first I was nervous the sauce would be too sweet but once the savory meatball mixed with it... Heaven! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Yummy! Took these to a church reception in a slow cooker. Used four pounds of precooked frozen meatballs and doubled the sauce. I felt it needed more grape jelly than called for; otherwise would have given 5 stars. Will make again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is always a winner. I generally add a healthy scoop of minced garlic to the sauce as it's cooking. Everyone always wants more! I serve these with homemade fries and steamed broccoli to round it out as a meal - the sauce is great with the fries! Read More