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Easy Crockpot Cranberry Meatballs

meatballs covered in cranberry sauce and garnished with green onions on a plate
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These Crockpot Cranberry Meatballs are sooo easy and flavorful and are a festive appetizer for your holiday gatherings!

Whether you are in a pinch for an appetizer or are just looking for something yummy to bring these meatballs are perfect for you! 

After Thanksgiving, there are of course a lot of leftovers. One of my favorite ways to use up leftover cranberry sauce is in these meatballs! Plus, every party needs a crockpot full of party meatballs amiright?

Using frozen meatballs saves you time in the kitchen and are tasty. But, if you are looking to make your own meatballs I have a delicious turkey meatball recipe on my blog.

Ingredients for cranberry meatballs on a marble slab

Growing up, my mom always had meatballs at cocktail parties. In her meatballs she used chili sauce and grape jelly, which is another killer combo for meatballs! 

These meatballs aren’t just for holiday parties though! They are great for football parties/games, bbq season, or really just because! 

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What if you don’t have homemade cranberry sauce

You can make this recipe with a jar of the jellied cranberry sauce. I would add some orange juice and orange zest to give it the sweet and tangy combination we’re looking for. Also – add in a few red pepper chili flakes since in my homemade cranberry sauce recipe I make it a little spicy!

Can I made this recipe on the stove?

Yes. I like it better in the crockpot so the meatballs can absorb all the flavors. If you make it on the stove be sure to add water and stir on the meatballs frequently. 

These meatballs are:

  • Perfect for parties 
  • Only require 3 ingredients
  • Are great post Thanksgiving if you have leftover cranberry sauce
  • Only take 5 minutes to prep 
  • Tangy and sweet 


meatballs covered in cranberry sauce and garnished with green onions on a plate

Easy Crockpot Cranberry Meatballs

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, cranberry, crockpot, Easy, holidays, meatballs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Author: Kroll's Korner

You new favorite appetizer to bring to holiday parties, football games and bbq's! Three ingredients and tons of flavor!



  • 24 oz. (1lb) Turkey Meatballs (frozen)
  • 12 oz. chili sauce
  • 2 cups cranberry sauce
  • 2 green onions, diced


  1. In a crockpot, pour in the meatballs and combine with the chili and cranberry sauce. Add a splash of water in the chili sauce and shake around to get all excess sauce out and pour into crockpot.

  2. Place lid on, and cook on high for up to 2 hours or until meatballs reaching internal temp of 165 degrees F. Serve with toothpicks and garnish with green onions. 

Recipe Notes

My favorite cranberry sauce recipe:

PIN these Easy Cranberry Crockpot Meatballs for later!

meatballs covered in cranberry sauce and garnished with green onions on a plate

If you are looking for more meatball recipes here are some of my favorite recipes for inspiration:

Greek Lamb Meatballs 


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  1. Yum- we’ve always used grape jelly but I need to try these cranberry ones asap! Love the addition of the red pepper flakes to make your homemade cranberry sauce a little spicy!!

    1. Sometimes you just don’t want to get fancy with the holiday appetizers and this one is too good to pass up! Thank you!

      1. Exactly! The saltiness from the pistachios and sweet from cranberries/chocolate is such a winning combo! Thank you Lorie, enjoy!

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