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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

Ingredients

  • 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

51 calories: 1 each, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 80mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0g fiber), 2g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 0 starch, 0 lean meat

Directions

  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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tlp31397
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2016

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

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katehugs
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"These disappeared in no time."

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mjlouk
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2015

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

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c_breeze
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!"

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fhquilting
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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keely27
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"

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lberry222
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2015

"Huge hit with my family!"

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engprof
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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PageRD
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"These sweet and tangy meatballs are a big hit at my annual Christmas party. Even people who aren't big fans of the ubiquitous meatball appetizer rave about them. The cranberry definitely makes the difference."

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marilynlouise1
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"Don't remember where I've seen this similar recipe before but all it called for was a bag of frozen meat balls, a bottle of chili sauce and a can of cranberries all mixed together in a crock pot."

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