Cheesy Meatballs

Total Time

Prep: 1 hour Cook: 4 hours


about 9 dozen

Updated: Dec. 09, 2023
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


  • 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 Velveeta
  • 3 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar


  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 until browned, 15-18 minutes.
  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 until meatballs are cooked through, 4-5 hours.

Can you freeze Cheesy Meatballs?

Freeze cooled meatball mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a covered saucepan, stirring; add water if necessary. Serve as directed.

Nutrition Facts

1 meatball: 52 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 134mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.