Cranberry Chili Meatballs Recipe
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Cranberry Chili Meatballs Recipe

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Using packaged meatballs helps save time in the kitchen and they are just as tasty as homemade. My friends look forward to enjoying these meatballs at our holiday gatherings and there are never any leftovers! The sauce is tangy yet sweet, and the festive color is perfect for any holiday party. —Amy Scamerhorn, Indianapolis, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:76 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 76 servings


  • 1 can (14 ounces) jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) chili sauce
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 package (32 ounces) frozen fully cooked homestyle meatballs, thawed

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 51 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 80mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (4g sugars, trace fiber), 2g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1/2 starch, 1/2 lean mea


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the first six ingredients; stir until sugar is dissolved. Add meatballs; cook for 20-25 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Yield: about 6 dozen.
Originally published as Cranberry Chili Meatballs in Simple & Delicious November/December 2008, p14

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Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"These disappeared in no time."

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2015

"E everyone enjoyed these! I only used the cranberries and chili sauce."

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2015

"I made this for our annual Christmas party and EVERYONE asked for the recipe! Our old standby meatball recipe (the one with grape jelly), just got replaced!!! And In Canada, I was able to buy gluten free Angus beef meatballs (President's Choice Blue Menu), so everyone could enjoy them!!!! Great recipe and SO easy!"

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2015

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Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

"I add an 8 oz can of undrained crushed pineapple and only 1/4 c brown sugar."

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