Cranberry Chipotle Meatballs Recipe -
Cranberry Chipotle Meatballs Recipe
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Cranberry Chipotle Meatballs

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"This is a sweet and spicy meatball, great as an appetizer!"

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Original recipe makes 16 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    4 hrs

    4 hrs 10 mins


  1. Place the meatballs into a slow cooker. In a bowl, mash the cranberry sauce roughly, and mix with the pineapple chunks, brown sugar, and chipotle chile. Pour the sauce over the meatballs, and stir to combine. Cover the cooker, set to Low setting, and cook until the sauce is thickened and the meatballs have absorbed the sauce flavors, 4 to 5 hours. Serve with toothpicks.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 03, 2012

I made these for Christmas and New Years, and it turned out to be a hit! I used mandarian oranges instead of pineapples because my father's allergic. The chipotle chile in adobo sauce is very spicy. I only used half the can in a doubled recipe. If they sit over night they will be more spicy....

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 16, 2012

I made this recipe exactly as the ingredients called for as well as the exact cooking times. Be cautioned - these are extremely spicy! Generally I like hot and spicy foods - I tend to order "very hot" when it comes to wings as well as enjoying tons of cajun and creole foods. But these were so spicy I couldn't eat more than five without giving up. If I make this recipe again it will be definitely without the peppers.

Jan 17, 2012

Please keep in mind that the recipe calls for one chile, not one can of chiles. It is very important to remember if you want to keep your mouth intact and your head from exploding.

Dec 27, 2011

Delicious! I had to use up some meatball mix so I used fresh meatballs. I also only used half adobo and half Sweet baby Rays bbq sauce since I cant handle spicy very well. So good. Added to the list of favorites!

Dec 27, 2011

I've served these at least four times over the holiday season. They are easy, healthy and REALLY good. They have been a hit with everyone. I haven't tried using a stronger cheese (Gorgonzola/Blue Cheese) yet but will the next time I prepare them. They are TERRIFIC

Feb 16, 2012

This sauce has a wonderful and unique flavor. I expected it to be more "holiday" tasting because of the cranberry sauce, but it's definitely a year-round dish. (Not that cranberry sauce isn't wonderful any time of year.) I used homemade meatballs I had frozen, two chipotles and two tsp. of the adobo sauce. I also neglected to drain the pineapple. It is -very- spicy. My boyfriend, who generally isn't a spicy food kind of guy, has declared it his new favorite dish. Oddly enough, I think I'd prefer it as written--one chili--next time. Having read the reviews, it seemed as though some people were mistakenly adding the whole can, so I thought two peppers wouldn't be pushing it. It is. Wonderful flavor all around, though, despite my error in judgment! Also, I served it over plain white rice, making it a main dish instead of an appetizer. I suspect the pineapple juice contributed, as it definitely gave the dish a liberal amount of "sauce." It worked out really well. Definitely a keeper.

Feb 06, 2012

Fantastic! Added 2 chipotle chilies and 2 tblspns of adobo....perfect amount of spice and sweet. Great time I will make my own meatballs. Perfect crockpot Super Bowl appy. Thanks!

Feb 05, 2012

Yummy! I love chipotle, so I couldn't wait to try these. However, I did make a few changes due since I didn't have all the ingrediants. I used two 32 oz. bags of swedish meatballs, a large can of chipotle, 1 can of jellied, 1 can had whole cranberries in it, and a small scoop of brown sugar. Unfortunately I didn't have any pineapple so I didn't use it. I also didn't have alot of time, so I microwaved the meatballs for a couple minutes and dumped everything into the crock pot. I tasted it before I added the sugar and thought it was a little sweet. I can't wait to try it with homemade meatballs! The sauce ingrediantes might be a nice glaze on a turkey or chicken. Thanks Jshot21!


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  • Calories
  • 132 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 20.2 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 24 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 3.7 g
  • 6%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 4.9 g
  • 10%
  • Sodium
  • 48 mg
  • 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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