Cranberry Sauce Meatballs

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


about 5 dozen

Updated: Sep. 14, 2023
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 no leftovers! The sauce is tangy yet sweet, and the festive color is perfect for any party. —Amy Scamerhorn, Indianapolis, Indiana
Cranberry Sauce Meatballs Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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 home-style meatballs, thawed


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the first 6 ingredients; stir until sugar is dissolved. Add meatballs; cook until heated through, 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. 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 until heated through, 2-3 hours.

Can you freeze Cranberry Sauce Meatballs?

Freeze cooled meatball mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, stirring occasionally; add water if necessary.

Cranberry Chili Meatball Tips

Where can I find chili sauce?

You can find chili sauce in the condiment aisle of your market.

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Nutrition Facts

1 meatball: 74 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 191mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.