Chili Sauce and Grape Jelly Slow Cooker Meatballs

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Raise  your hand if your mom used to make Chili Sauce and Grape Jelly Slow Cooker Meatballs! Mine did too but I’d forgotten about them until now!

 

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When I was growing up I knew that there was one and only one recipe that we would never share, Mom’s chili sauce. Which is actually Grandma’s chili sauce. In case you haven’t read this blog before, we love heirloom recipes past down through generations. To this day we haven’t shared that secret recipe as we respect the “secret”, however I do make it every year. It takes all day. In fact, it often takes two. But it’s worth it.

Why do You Use Breadcrumbs in Meatballs?

Bread crumbs are a binder (aka panade) that helps add moisture to the meatballs and also prevents the meat proteins from shrinking and becoming tough.

 

Raise your hand if your mom used to make Chili Sauce and Grape Jelly Slow Cooker Meatballs! Mine did too but I'd forgotten about them until now! ohsweetbasil.com crock pot, pressure cooker, insta pot

 

Somehow I ended up with extra chili sauce this year and when deciding what to make with it I suddenly remembered those chili sauce grape jelly slow cooker meatballs. I couldn’t wait to make it again.

 

Because you’ll be buying your chili sauce, make sure you look for one that is thicker and preferably one that’s local to your area. Those local products often taste much better when you’re talking about a chili sauce. Ours is thicker which chunks of our secret ingredients, but this isn’t a deal breaker if you can’t find it.

 

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Can Meatballs be Made Ahead of Time?

Meatballs can be shaped and kept refrigerated up to a day ahead.

(Meatballs can be frozen for longer, but tend to develop freezer burn.)

Thaw meatballs in the refrigerator overnight before cooking.

 

Making Meatballs in a Slow Cooker or Crockpot

When making meatballs in a crockpot, especially making grape jelly meatballs it’s possible that you will end up with a more liquid sauce. That’s ok! Mix up a teaspoon or even two depending on how thick you want things, of cornstarch with equal amounts of water. Stir this into the bubbling mixture for the last hour, or if you’re in a hurry, put the sauce in a saucepan and simmer with the cornstarch until thick.

 

Raise your hand if your mom used to make Chili Sauce and Grape Jelly Slow Cooker Meatballs! Mine did too but I'd forgotten about them until now! ohsweetbasil.com crock pot, pressure cooker, insta pot

 

What to Serve With Grape Jelly Meatballs

Grape jelly meatballs are great on their own as an appetizer at a party, with rice or mashed potatoes as a main dish or even on subs as a sandwich! These meatballs go really well with anything, but we especially like dishes that already go well with a sauce or gravy which is why we often choose mashed potatoes. Occasionally we will go healthier with quinoa and it’s still good!

Chili Sauce and Grape Jelly Slow Cooker Meatballs

Chili Sauce and Grape Jelly Slow Cooker Meatballs

Raise  your hand if your mom used to make Chili Sauce and Grape Jelly Slow Cooker Meatballs! Mine did too but I’d forgotten about them until now!

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounce jar of Chili Sauce
  • 12 ounce jar Grape Jelly
  • 2 Teaspoons Corn Starch *optional- see note
  • 2 Teaspoons Water *optional

For the Meatballs

  • *See note
    1½ Lbs Ground Beef
  • ⅔ Cup Bread Crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons Dry Minced Onion
  • 1 Egg
  • ¼ Cup Milk
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Mustard
  • ½ Teaspoons Salt

Directions:

For the Meatballs

  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, onion, egg, milk, mustard and salt.
  2. Only mix until just barely combined, I use my hands.
  3. Shape mixture by rounded tablespoonfuls into meatballs.

For the Oven

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place meatballs on a baking pan and tent with foil.
  3. Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes, depending on meatball size.
  4. Just watch them and when all the pink is gone pull them out.

For the Slow Cooker

  1. Place the meatballs, chili sauce and jelly in a slow cooker on low for 3-4 hours.

Serve alone or which mashed potatoes or rice.

If you want your meatballs to be in a thicker sauce, mix together the cornstarch and water at the last hour of cooking and stir it into the sauce. If you need to do it faster, put the sauce in a saucepan and add the cornstarch slurry. Bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer until thickened slightly.

You may use frozen meatballs as well.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6, Serving Size: 1

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 1332 Calories
  • Total Fat: 85g
  • Cholesterol: 322.9mg
  • Carbohydrates: 60.6g
  • Fiber: 4.5g
  • Sugar: 36.5g
  • Protein: 75.8g
All images and text ©Carrian Cheney for Oh Sweet Basil.

Raise your hand if your mom used to make Chili Sauce and Grape Jelly Slow Cooker Meatballs! Mine did too but I'd forgotten about them until now! ohsweetbasil.com crock pot, pressure cooker, insta pot

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22 comments on “Chili Sauce and Grape Jelly Slow Cooker Meatballs”

  1. can grape jam be used rather than grape jelly

  2. Great recipe.   
    My first of hearing about grape jelly in meatball ingredients.
    Looking forward to trying out and tasting. May add Bourbon
    Thanks,
    Derby Doris 
    Louisville, Kentucky

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  12. The recipe doesn’t say what temperature to put the oven on.

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  14. Ordered your cookbook for my Kindle and am going to make these meatballs ASAP. I have been residing in your internet life for a couple of years and love your food, your family and your faith! Thank you, P

  15. I was like you, I had forgotten about these delicious meatballs. Used to make them years ago to take to parties as appetizers. I had lost my “simple” recipe and then just forgot about them. I am anxious to try them again, using your meatball recipe and will serve them for dinner with rice! Thanks for the recipe.

  16. My sister in law made this recipe yrs ago, I couldn’t believe how simple it was. I just dug it out this past holiday season, just as good as ever……