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3 Ingredient Sweet & Savory Meatballs Easy Recipe

Grape jelly meatballs served in a white bowl

This 3 Ingredient Meatballs recipe is one of those super easy meals that you will add to your cooking repertoire from now on.

I love easy recipes, don’t you! It’s even better when there are few ingredients and a budget saver. Meatballs are almost always on sale at the grocery store. Keep them in your freezer for quick meals. But you can grab our homemade from scratch meatball recipe right here too. Not even gonna lie, I use both.

Crockpot Grape Jelly and Chili Sauce Meatballs are great for

  • Feeding a crowd
  • Served over rice for an easy weeknight meal
  • Party food 
  • Using leftovers for Meatball Sub Sandwiches

A precious friend shared this recipe with me many years ago. She was an older and much wiser lady with whom I enjoyed visiting. Over time we shared quite a few interesting conversations about anything and everything in life. She shared this recipe with me one Christmas when she was preparing this dish for a Christmas party.

Grape jelly and chili sauce and frozen meatballs

Scroll all the way down for the easy printable recipe which calls for one bag of Meatballs. I double the recipe using 2 Bags of meatballs, 2 Chili Sauce and one larger jar of jelly when feeding a crowd. Jam works too.

The flavor of these easy 3 Ingredient Meatballs is a bit of a sweet and savory bite. 

Use Leftovers To Make Meatball Sub Sandwiches

Meatball Sub Sandwich using leftover meatballs is a good grocery budget saver. #meatballs #sandwich
Meatball Sub Sandwiches

Don’t toss any leftover meatballs you may have. I always cook more than I need because I’d rather have too many than not enough. Plus my hubby loves to enjoy Meatball Sub Sandwiches with the leftovers the next day.

Use your favorite Hoogie bread. Reheat the meatballs in the microwave. Top with a little shredded cheese and serve with pickles and chips. 

Ingredients for Crockpot Grape Jelly Meatballs

Frozen Meatballs because we love a good recipe cheat. I prefer beef meatballs

A jar Chili Sauce or 2 if you are doubling the recipe

Grape Jelly or Jam, both work well in this easy recipe

BBQ Meatballs piled up on a serving dish

3 Ingredient Sweet & Savory Meatballs Easy Recipe

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes

Sweet & Savory Meatballs.. An easy 3 ingredient Crockpot recipe for a meaty entrée or party food.


  • 1 bag (14-16 oz.) of frozen meatballs
  • 1 8 oz. jar of grape jelly
  • 1 12 oz. jar of chili sauce


  1. Mix the jelly and chili sauce together in the crock pot.
  2. Stir in the meatballs, no need to thaw first.
  3. Cook on low for about 3 hours.
  4. Give them a good stir
  5. Serve and enjoy!


Double this recipe for party food or to feed a crowd.

Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 242Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 3mgSodium 1186mgCarbohydrates 57gFiber 3gSugar 41gProtein 3g

Nutrition information is estimated and may not be exact based on uncontrolled variables in home kitchens used by each individual cook.

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  1. These 3 ingredient meatballs sound delicious! Thanks for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty. We hope you’ll party with us again this Friday.

  2. Sounds great but we don’t have grape jelly here – wonder what else i could use ? – Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

    1. No grape jelly? I love learning little tidbits from other lands. I’m at a bit of a loss but I suspect there would be a sufficient substitute to achieve a similar flavor profile. It’s certainly an easy and tasty dish. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Yum! If I had a dollar for every time I’ve taken these babies to a church potluck! Seems that everyone likes these once they’ve tasted them. Sometimes, I’ll put these in the crockpot with barbecue sauce and have meatball subs with pepper jack cheese. I think this is one staple that should be in the freezer at all times. Yum again!

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