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Cocktail Meatballs II Recipe

Cocktail Meatballs II

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"An extremely easy appetizer that keeps them coming back for seconds."

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  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    1 hr 5 mins


  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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 10, 2004

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 lemon juice. Everyone loves these. This has been a recipe I have been making for two decades. Use store bought frozen meatballs as a timesaver.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 23, 2003

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.

Nov 19, 2007

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 Lucia's frozen meatballs. I place all of the ingredients in a slow cooker or even a large pot (glass) and let it simmer for 3 hours. My family loves them and I have a request to bring some for appetizers for Thanksgiving!

May 08, 2003

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 is even requesting it for a college graduation party.

Dec 21, 2009

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 5 hours or so and it's ready to eat! I have also served this with noodles for a meal. The ingredients don't sound too appetizing together, but boy, is it ever delicious! Enjoy!

Oct 18, 2010

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 little more flavor. I also add more chili sauce. These can be browned & then put in the crockpot with the sauce to simmer on low for 3-4 hours. YUM!!!

Nov 23, 2009

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. This recipe is one my family and friends request all the time.

Jul 30, 2007

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.


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  • Calories
  • 588 kcal
  • 29%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 48.5 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 114 mg
  • 38%
  • Fat
  • 31.3 g
  • 48%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 27.5 g
  • 55%
  • Sodium
  • 104 mg
  • 4%

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

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