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3 Ingredient Sweet and Sour Meatballs (Easy Slow Cooker Meal Idea)

Slow Cooker Cranberry Meatballs

yield: 6 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

cook time: 3 HOURS

total time: 3 HOURS 10 MINUTES

Ingredients

  • 32 oz. frozen pre-cooked meatballs (or make your own)
  • 14 oz. can cranberry sauce
  • 12 oz. chili sauce

Directions

1

Pour sauces over meatballs in slow cooker and combine.

2

Cover and cook on HIGH for about 3-4 hours.

3

Serve over rice if desired as a meal or individually as a cocktail appetizer. Enjoy!

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holding ingredients to make cranberry meatballs

Have a bag of frozen meatballs in the freezer?

Here’s how you can turn them into a super easy 3 ingredient Crock-Pot slow cooker recipe idea!ย  These delicious cranberry chili meatballs require just a few common pantry and freezer ingredients and take just a few hours in the slow cooker.

easy meatball recipe slow cooker

Hip Recipe Tips:ย 

    • Sometimes I’ll add a few red pepper flakes for more spice. You could really use this as a base and add more spices and flavors if desired. I sometimes squeeze a little fresh orange juice for a yummy citrus flavor.
    • I’ve included the slow cooker directions, but this works on the stovetop too if you add all ingredients to a pot, heat on med/low stirring frequently for about 20 minutes until the frozen meatballs are heated through.
    • This can easily be made into a meal by serving the meatballs with rice and steamed veggies.

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Slow Cooker Cranberry Meatballs

yield: 6 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

cook time: 3 HOURS

total time: 3 HOURS 10 MINUTES

This easy 3-ingredient recipe results in a delicious sweet and tangy slow cooked sauce!

Ingredients

  • 32 oz. frozen pre-cooked meatballs (or make your own)
  • 14 oz. can cranberry sauce
  • 12 oz. chili sauce

Directions

1

Pour sauces over meatballs in slow cooker and combine.

2

Cover and cook on HIGH for about 3-4 hours.

3

Serve over rice if desired as a meal or individually as a cocktail appetizer. Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Cranberry Meatballs

My kids seem to be extra picky when it comes to slow cooker meals, however – they LOVE this meal.

Someone asked my son recently what was the best thing I make and he replied: “Cranberry Meatballs” which is pretty funny since this is so simple. The sauce is a little sweet and tangy – and it’s definitely a crowd-pleaser. Plus, it’s so quick to prepare, that I’m calling it a win! ๐Ÿ˜‹


Make salsa verde chicken in the slow cooker next!

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Comments 26

  1. Joni

    You can do this with grape jelly instead of cranberry. I do it in my instant pot. Got the recipe from 365 days of slow and pressure cooking website. Very tasty!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yep good idea- thanks!

  2. Meredith

    Question : If I make my own meatballs do I have to freeze them first/to

    • laurahartsel

      No! I always make my own. More time and effort, but worth it in my opinion.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Well youโ€™d need to cook them first. Then you can just add cranberry sauce and chili sauce to them on the stove to simmer for a little bit… or slow cooker.

  3. Denise

    A family favorite in this house๐Ÿ˜„

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Is it! Oh cool! I like easy pantry/freezer ideas like this.

  4. D

    Thank you so much for continuing to post, Lina! I especially love that you’re giving us recipes that we can put together with freezer/canned items. I really appreciate everything that you do – especially during these difficult times, and look forward to giving these a try for dinner tonight. They look incredible ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes, absolutely! We can get through this together โค๏ธ

  5. Christy Mayo

    This is one of my family’s go-to meals! Definitely recommend! If your meatballs are not frozen, you can just heat it all up on the stove for a quick dinner with rice and broccoli!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes! Thanks for sharing โค๏ธ Christy!

  6. TJ

    One of my favorites too! We also like “hawaiian” meatballs. Mix together whatever bbq sauce you like and a can of crushed pineapple in your crock pot with your meatballs.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yum I love the pineapple idea ๐Ÿ’• thanks for sharing that!

  7. jen s.

    Thank you for starting with fresh comments if this is an older recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ it sounds delicious and I’m sure my fam will love it!!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes!! Absolutely- thanks Jen!!

  8. K

    Are they spicy with the chili sauce? They sound yummy!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      no – more zesty. Yes!

  9. Amie

    What a coincidence, I made these for dinner on Wednesday. They are so easy to make.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh nice – thanks for sharing Amie ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. AmyH

    Keep the recipes coming!! Love it.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks for the feedback Amy!

  11. Elle

    Can you use a can of whole cranberry sauce instead of jellied? Thanks!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Ya Iโ€™m sure you can experiment with that. Could be a diff texture mainly but I would think good ๐Ÿ‘

  12. Kate

    I like this idea since it may have less sugar than the grape jelly version

  13. Felicia Nevarez

    How much grape jelly, in lieu of cranberry?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I’m thinking the same 14 oz. would most likely work.

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