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Picante Cranberry Meatballs

These zippy ground beef meatballs are my favorites, and the recipe is so easy. Cranberry, chili and picante sauce sound like an unusual combination, but the flavors blend deliciously. Our nine grandchildren request these meatballs often.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup crushed saltines (about 30 crackers)
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 can (14 ounces) jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup picante sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Hot cooked noodles, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine the eggs, ketchup, parsley, soy sauce, onion, garlic powder and pepper. Add cracker crumbs. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls.
  • In a skillet, brown meatballs over medium heat. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the cranberry sauce, chili sauce, picante sauce, brown sugar and lemon juice. Cook and stir until cranberry sauce is melted and mixture is heated through. Pour over meatballs.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Serve with noodles if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 363 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 109mg cholesterol, 1043mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • Hannah0418
    Jul 4, 2010

    i didn't like them. edible, but won't make again. odd flavor - think it was the chili sauce part i didn't like.

  • hermany4
    Nov 20, 2008

    Excellent! know to me the sauce was not to sweet at all. Just perfect for me and my family. We much rather it over white rice than the noodles. Overall great recipe.

  • Ginnysue Welch
    Jul 9, 2008

    This would also make a great-tasting meatloaf.

  • dmullin99
    Jun 15, 2008

    Very good, but too sweet. I doubled the recipe for extra sauce, so next time I will omit the brown sugar and add some extra picante and some red pepper flakes, overall tho very gud!!!