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meatballs covered in cranberry sauce and garnished with fresh chives in a cast iron skillet with toothpicks

Easy Crockpot Cranberry Meatballs

These easy to make Crockpot Cranberry Meatballs are the perfect balance of sweet and tangy! Made with cranberry sauce, chili sauce and store bought frozen meatballs. They are a delicious appetizer for holiday parties and pot lucks!
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
Calories 226kcal


  • 24 oz. turkey meatballs (frozen)
  • 12 oz. chili sauce
  • 1 recipe cranberry sauce or 1, 14 oz. can jellied cranberry sauce.
  • 2 green onions, chopped (for garnish)


  • In a crock pot or slow cooker, whisk together the cranberry sauce and chili sauce. Pour in the meatballs and stir to combine with the sauce.
  • Place lid on, and cook on high for up to 2 hours, or on low for 3-4 hours or until the sauce is hot and bubbly and the meatballs are heated through. Serve with toothpicks and garnish with green onions. 



  • If making with my homemade cranberry sauce recipe, I recommend blending the sauce in a blender so it's smooth. 
  • You can use a 14 oz. can of jellied cranberry sauce too!. I would just add some orange juice and orange zest to give it the sweet and tangy combination we're looking for. You could also add in a few red pepper chili flakes since my homemade cranberry sauce recipe is a little spicy!
  • After you add the chili sauce to the slow cooker, swish a little water around in the bottle to make sure you've gotten out every last drop.
  • You can serve these cranberry meatballs straight from the Crockpot (set the temperature to "Warm") or spear them with toothpicks and set them on a tray for people to pick from.
  • Leftovers will last 3-4 days properly stored in the fridge. 
  • Reheat in the microwave.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 974mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 289IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg