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3-Ingredient Sweet and Sour Meatballs

3-ingredient sweet and sour meatballs Appetizer Italian
Meatballs covered in sweet and sour sauce on plate
  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 4 hr 0 min
  • Servings 15

If nothing else, the best meatballs are most definitely these two things: tender in texture and coated in a delectable sweet-tangy sauce. Lucky for you, you barely have to lift a finger to achieve both. Don't thank us, thank your slow cooker. Just place frozen meatballs in the slow cooker and pour in a two-ingredient sauce. These hearty (and ridiculously easy) sweet and sour meatballs are the party-perfect appetizer no one can resist. But then again, why would you want to? MORE+ LESS-

Updated July 2, 2019

Ingredients

1
jar (12 oz) chili sauce
1 1/2
cups grape jelly
2
lb (32 oz) frozen meatballs

Steps

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  • 1
    Pour meatballs into a slow cooker. Combine jelly and chili sauce in a small bowl and pour over meatballs.
  • 2
    Cook on low for 3-5 hours or until meatballs are heated through.
  • 3
    Serve with toothpicks.

Expert Tips

  • Try swapping apricot or peach perserves for the grape jelly.
  • Serve slow-cooker sweet and sour meatballs as a meal by pairing meatballs with white rice and steamed green beans or carrots.
  • The slow cooker is excellent for meatballs. A lengthy and low cooking temperature tenderizes the meat and maximizes the flavor.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
264.9
% Daily Value
Total Fat
12.2g
19%
Saturated Fat
4.6g
23%
Cholesterol
42.9mg
14%
Sodium
353.5mg
15%
Potassium
271.5mg
8%
Total Carbohydrate
26.2g
9%
Dietary Fiber
1.7g
7%
Sugars
17.7g
Protein
11.1g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
10.70%
11%
Calcium
2.20%
2%
Iron
8.40%
8%
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • If you’ve never used a slow cooker before, starting with meatballs is an excellent way to become acquainted with this essential cooking tool. The slow cooker is great for meatballs because all of that time on a nice, low temperature in a sauce of your choice just makes them even more tender and delicious. These meatballs are almost impossible to overcook. As long as you have plenty of sauce, the meat should stay moist and tender. Whatever type of sauce you’re using, just make sure the seasonings in your meatballs match it and that you have plenty of it. You’ll need enough to submerge the meatballs into the sauce while it slow cooks.

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