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Meatballs with grape jelly and chili sauce recipe
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Meatballs with Grape Jelly and Chili Sauce

Meatballs with grape jelly and chili sauce sounds like a crazy combination but melds into a delicious appetizer when prepared on the stovetop or in a crockpot.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 601kcal


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup grated parmesan
  • ¼ cup parsley finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


  • 24 ounces chili sauce
  • 1 cup grape jelly
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper (optional)



  • Prepare the meatballs by combining all of the ingredients in large bowl and mixing together with your hands.
  • Tip: I often separately combine the wet ingredients with the seasonings to ensure even distribution, prior to mixing it with the ground beef.
  • Form meatballs by scooping out 1-2 tablespoons of meat mixture then forming into a ball by rolling between your hands. This will yield -24-48 meatballs depending on the size.
  • Cook the meatballs in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes then combine with the sauce, or simmer them in a large saucepan with the sauce until cooked through.


  • Place the jelly, chili sauce, and seasonings in a saucepan and simmer on medium-low for 15 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
  • Serve with meatballs in the sauce.


Tip: This is the chili sauce you are looking for at the grocery store: Bottled Chili Sauce
IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE you will also love my Easy Meatball Subs recipe.


Calories: 601kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 1886mg | Potassium: 728mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 772IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 159mg | Iron: 4mg