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With only 3 ingredients these sweet & tangy balls make a quick and easy party appetizer. Your guests will love them!

With only 3 ingredients these sweet & tangy balls make a quick and easy party appetizer. Your guests will love them!

I asked everyone on Twitter & Facebook last night what I should post today. I was torn between posting a savory or a sweet and needed some votes. Of course they ended up with the same amount of sweet votes and savory votes so luckily I have both in one dish for y’all today :)

I’m bringing a post back from the past today. These sweet & tangy balls were first on the blog last year and they definitely needed to be in the spotlight again cause first, I doubt you guys even went back that far in my archives to find them, and secondly, I doubt my pictures back then could’ve whet your appetite ;)

Whenever I throw a party, this is my NUMBER ONE go to dish, and for extremely good reason. These meatballs are like crack. They fly out of the crockpot. Everyone’s plate is always full of these and I don’t blame them. Honestly, if you make a double batch of these and have chip, guac, salsa (and some booze, duh) and nothing else; your guests would be more than satisfied. I could’ve sworn, at the rate the meatballs were being consumed at our housewarming a couple weekends ago, there could’ve been a rock-paper-scissor championship for the last couple meatballs.

One of the BEST parts of this appetizer is: it’s three ingredients, you don’t do anything except throw everything in the crockpot, stir every few hours, and serve. So easy. Who needs a complicated dish when they’re hosting?

I guarantee you that if you make these for your next party, everyone will go ape-sh!t over them. No exaggeration. These are 200% guaranteed to be a hit. My mom made these for us when were younger and we ate them over white rice for dinner. Yeah, we were healthy kids.

Man, now I’m craving some (meat)balls.

Oh, bee-tee-dubs, officially 8 months today ’til the big day…who’s counting? Certainly not me ;)

Sweet & Tangy Balls

The easiest appetizer for a party! These sweet and tangy meatballs will be a hit!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 64 meatballs
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • Large pack of frozen meatballs, mine had about 64 in them
  • 16 ounce jar grape jelly
  • 12 ounce jar of chili sauce, (I used a Wegman's brand but Heinz sells them too; it's usually located near the ketchup & hot sauce)

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  • In a small pot on medium high heat, combine jelly and chili sauce until they're combined and jelly is not chunky.
  • Put the entire bag of meatballs in the slow cooker insert and pour the jelly chili sauce on top, stir the meatballs around until they're all coated.
  • Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours. Toss every couple hours or so to re-coat the meatballs in the sauce.
  • Serve hot.


Serving: 4 Meatballs | Calories: 272 kcal | Carbohydrates: 29 g | Protein: 9 g | Fat: 13 g | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 25 g

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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: game day, snack bites
Recipe Rating


Saturday 24th of September 2022

These sweet and tangy meatballs are delicious. I just made them for my husband and myself and we love them!


Friday 19th of November 2021

What did you sprinkle on top of the meatballs as garnish?

Julie Chiou

Saturday 20th of November 2021



Thursday 13th of May 2021

Hi - are these frozen meatballs pre-cooked? the ones im finding at my store are already cooked. Thanks!

Julie Chiou

Saturday 15th of May 2021

yes, they're pre-cooked!


Wednesday 15th of January 2020

Would you consider using frozen Italian meatballs? Unfortunately those were the only one's my amazing spouse brought home, lol!

Julie Wampler

Sunday 19th of January 2020

you could definitely use those


Sunday 29th of September 2019

I just wanted to say THANK YOU for the way you reply so graciously to people that have taken a 3 ingredient recipe that you didn't have to share and change it, complain about it and make it difficult. I am inspired by you and wish we were friends. :)


Saturday 11th of February 2023

@Cindy, yes, I totally thought the same thing! We should all be friends. LOL

Julie Wampler

Monday 30th of September 2019

aww thank you!!! you're so sweet.