3 Ingredient Crockpot Sweet & Sour MeatballsUnfortunately, some Sundays I don’t have the time to make a bunch of snacks and sit around to watch football all day.  Booooo! I hate those Sundays when real life gets in the way.  It’s been super crazy and busy around the Big Flavors household, and this weekend is just jam-packed with other things going on.  Don’t worry though, that’s not stopping me from sharing a new recipe for Super Snackin’ Sunday!  In fact, one of my co-workers gave me this super easy appetizer idea.  So, if your weekend is just as busy as mine, you’re in luck! In just one crockpot, three ingredients, and four hours (of inactive time, of course) you’ll have a simple and flavorful gameday snack, that both young and old sports fans will gobble up in no time!

Pouring Sauce over Meatballs

Yes, I know the ingredients sound pretty weird.  Even Mr. Big Flavors gave me the questionable head shake when I told him what I was about to cook up.  Trust me, though! After a few hours in the crockpot the flavors meld together resulting in sticky, sweet, and sour sauce.  I suggest finding some good quality meatballs for this snack.  I picked up a two-pound package of frozen Rosina meatballs from our local grocery store.  Read the ingredients on the side of the package and make sure to buy a variety that doesn’t have a ton of spices involved.  I can’t speak from experience, but I’m guessing that dried onion and oregano wouldn’t really do this dish any justice.

Crockpot Sweet & Sour Meatballs

However, what will enhance this snack is serving with some siracha hot sauce for dipping.  Despite the chili sauce, the sweet & sour mixture isn’t spicy at all, so I found that a little addition of siracha is a great way to add another layer of flavor.  Plus, you know I can’t have a snack on game day without making it as spicy as possible! This is such an easy way to get a snack to the game day table when you have a busy morning or can only catch the evening round of games.  With only three ingredients (four if you want to serve siracha on the side), what are you waiting for? Pull that crockpot out and get snackin’!

Crockpot Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Serves 6-8
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 4 hours
Total time 4 hours, 5 minutes
Meal type Appetizer, Snack, Starter


  • 10oz chili sauce (one jar)
  • 16oz grape jelly (one jar)
  • 2lb frozen meatballs (we used Rosinas)


  • siracha (for dipping)


1. In a crockpot, add chili sauce and grape jelly. Whisk to combine ingredients and make sauce smooth.
2. Add in meatballs. Stir to coat all meatballs with the sauce. Cover and cook on low for 4 - 6 hours. Serve with toothpicks.

Shared with: Melt in Your Mouth Monday, On the Menu Monday, Trick or Treat Tuesday

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6 Responses to Super Snackin’ Sunday: Crockpot Sweet & Sour Meatballs

  1. Justin says:

    Love this recipe, this has been one of my go-to party recipes for years. Anytime I host a get together I make these and they’re always a huge hit, love them!

  2. Gina says:

    This recipe sounds great and I really want to try it out this weekend! I was just wondering, what type of chili sauce do you recommend?


    • I used the Heinz chili sauce that is right next to the ketchup in the grocery store. But, something a little spicier would probably work great, too. If you use a different variety, stop back and let me know how it worked out!

  3. CrockNoob says:

    My crockpot only has 4 hours at high or 6 hours low. Would it be fine to do high for 4 hours? Or should they only be cooked on low?

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