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Cocktail Meatballs II


"An extremely easy appetizer that keeps them coming back for seconds."
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1 h 5 m servings 588 cals
Original recipe yields 6 servings (32 servings)


  • Calories:
  • 588 kcal
  • 29%
  • Fat:
  • 31.3 g
  • 48%
  • Carbs:
  • 48.5g
  • 16%
  • Protein:
  • 27.5 g
  • 55%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 114 mg
  • 38%
  • Sodium:
  • 104 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a large roasting pan with foil.
  2. Shape ground beef into golf sized balls. Arrange them on the large roasting pan.
  3. Bake the meatballs for 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. While the meatballs are baking, combine the jelly, chili sauce and lemon juice in a Dutch oven. When the meatballs finish cooking add them to the Dutch oven.
  5. Cover the oven and simmer on low for 30 minutes. Serve the meatballs hot.

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  1. 82 Ratings

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I just put a whole bottle of chili sauce and a whole bottle of grape jelly together and put in a pot on the stove or in a slow cooker. If it gets too thick, I add some water. I do leave out the ...

Most helpful critical review

The sauce is good, but next time I wouldn't bother to make the meatballs, I'd just use ones from the store as well.

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I just put a whole bottle of chili sauce and a whole bottle of grape jelly together and put in a pot on the stove or in a slow cooker. If it gets too thick, I add some water. I do leave out the ...

These meatballs are great! I also use a whole bottle of chili sauce and a bottle of jelly. I add of few spoons of the already prepared minced garlic though for that extra kick. I also use Mama L...

This sauce is wonderful! I served it with store bought meatballs and I couldn't keep enough of them for our Christmas Eve family get together. Now I have requests for the recipe, and my daughter...

I have been making this family favorite for more than 20 years! Usually I buy frozen meatballs, a whole jar of grape JELLY and a whole bottle of CHILI sauce. Throw it in a crockpot on low for ...

These are the best meatballs & SO easy to make! Everyone loves these! I gave this 4 starts because I make the meatballs with chopped onion, breadcrumbs, egg & salt & pepper just to give them a l...

I use Cocktail sauce and store bought meatballs, but buy the premium meatballs, not the ones with a lot of fillers or they'll be mushy. This is a tip I received from an employee at Gordons Foods...

I used store bought meatballs and used one jar of Chili Sause and one jar of grape jelly with a tad of lemon juice in a crock pot and they turned out great.

Delicious recipe. I agree with others who use frozen/pre-cooked meatballs. They worked just fine. I used 2 lbs. of meatballs so I doubled the recipe. I have made them twice now and I have concl...

Variation: Seedless raspberry jam instead of grape. My family has used this recipe for years (with store bought meatballs). Guests always love them!