3 Ingredient Crock Pot Meatballs

This is another recipe passed down from my husband’s family. One of the few recipes my husband actually remembers from his childhood (he seems to have forgotten everything about being a child as soon as we had children of our own). We’ve had this many times, mostly because it’s just so darn easy.

These 3 ingredient crock pot meatballs are perfect for an easy appetizer for any kind of gathering. We also have them as a meal over rice. My kids love any meal with meatballs. Although there has been a problem since I took the pictures for the Sweet and Spicy Orange Meatballs. I tried to make them look fancy and used the last of a package of fancy sword-shaped toothpicks for the pictures. Now everytime I make any sort of meatballs, my 3-year old asks where the swords are. Apparently the swords made the meatballs SO much more exciting. And yet, I have not bought any more of the toothpicks. What can you do?

Don’t worry, you won’t need anything extra to fancy up these meatballs. They might be simple, but they taste awesome and will be a hit with or without fancy toothpicks.

3-Ingredient Crock Pot Meatballs
3 Ingredient Crock Pot Meatballs

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings (as main dish)


  • 1 (32 oz) bag frozen meatballs
  • 1 (18 oz) jar grape or plum jelly
  • 1 (12 oz) container Chili Sauce (we use Heinz brand)


  1. Mix jelly and chili sauce in crock pot. Add meatballs and stir.
  2. Cook on high for 3 hours.
  3. Serve as an appetizer (with fancy toothpicks) or over rice.


Recipe adapted from my mother-in-law.



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5 Comments on “3 Ingredient Crock Pot Meatballs

    1. Janelle

      Hi India! Honestly, if you don’t like Pineapples, leave them out and don’t substitute anything in their place. The flavor addition of pineapples is delicious but minimal. However rather than substitute another fruit, just leave them out. It should still taste delicious!

  1. Rose

    Hi Janelle I just found your site and loving it much. However, when I print I get a large ad in the middle of the page and it is making a one page recipe into two pages. Am I doing something wrong.

    1. Janelle

      Thanks for letting me know Rose. This has been a continual issue of which my “tech” guy keeps telling me is fixed. UGH. So sorry about that. There shouldn’t be any ads on the printable version. I’ll try to fix that again!


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