Cheesy Meatballs Recipe
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Cheesy Meatballs Recipe

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Can meatballs be lucky? My guys think so, and they want them for game time. My beef, sausage and cheese recipe has a big fan following. —Jill Hill, Dixon, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:108 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 108 servings


  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups crushed Ritz crackers (about 1 sleeve)
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 2 cups shredded process cheese (Velveeta)
  • 1 can (26 ounces) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 meatball: 51 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 104mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, whisk egg, milk, minced onion, 2 tablespoons chili powder, salt and pepper; stir in crushed crackers. Add beef, sausage and cheese; mix lightly but thoroughly.
  2. Shape mixture into 1-in. balls. Place meatballs on greased racks in 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Bake 15-18 minutes or until browned.
  3. Meanwhile, in a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker, combine soup, water, brown sugar and remaining chili powder. Gently stir in meatballs. Cook, covered, on low 4-5 hours or until meatballs are cooked through. Yield: about 9 dozen.
Originally published as Cheesy Meatballs in Taste of Home February/March 2015, p48

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bassoon User ID: 103811 228711
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2015

"Took these to a church potluck and came home with a basically empty slow cooker and lots of compliments, even from my husband who is a not a meatball lover."

hardtouse User ID: 3390334 221071
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2015

"The whole family loved these meatballs. Easy. Might use less tomato soup next time- lots of extra sauce. Would definitely make again"

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