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, 0 fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 lean meat.


  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.
  2. Editor's Note: To prepare in a slow cooker, heat sauce ingredients as directed. Add sauce and meatballs to a 4-qt. slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low 2-3 hours or until heated through. Yield: about 6 dozen.
Originally published as Cranberry Chili Meatballs in Simple & Delicious November/December 2008, p14

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ransonjay User ID: 6631369 264941
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2017

"My husband hates cranberries but loves these meatballs. I make these all the time for the family. They are a big hit at our potlucks at work, too."

TerriObie User ID: 8922559 253319
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2016

"Anyone have specifics on what type / brand of chili sauce works best?"

tlp31397 User ID: 7394177 253152
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2016

"Huge hit! Super easy! Now my go-to for everything. Thank you for sharing."

katehugs User ID: 1263799 240637
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"These disappeared in no time."

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 240163
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2015

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

c_breeze User ID: 8665643 239574
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!"

fhquilting User ID: 2569371 238068
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

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

keely27 User ID: 4249986 237973
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2015

"Made the recipe as is. The sauce tasted like it was made with applesauce instead of cranberry somehow, and the consistency looked like it too. It was OK, but will probably try a new recipe next time"

lberry222 User ID: 4948624 237704
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2015

"Huge hit with my family!"

engprof User ID: 889040 236336
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2015

"I make these for every party, and all you need is the chili sauce and the jellied cranberry sauce. I don't see the need for the extra spices."

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