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Fall = Cooking and Company

A strange thing happens to me every fall… all I want to do is cook, bake, and have parties. I love inviting friends over for a meal or a buffet of appetizers and snacks. It feels like I do this less often than I would like because of my small house and my busy working mom life. But the desire to host and feed people is always in my heart.

Maybe that is why I feel the need to cook up delicious and simple snacks and appetizers in the fall. Isn’t an afternoon of watching football and munching on hearty snacks just the best? Or a bonfire with friends while wearing oversize sweatshirts and eating piping hot bowls of chili while roasting marshmallows. Or a “friendsgiving” feast a week before Thanksgiving just because it sounds fun.

Cranberry Sauce Meatballs

Yes, the fall season makes me want to cook and feed people I love. Of course, I don’t want to spend all of my time in the kitchen; I want to enjoy the company too! That is why a recipe like these Cranberry Sauce Meatballs is a total winner. Toss a few simple ingredients into a CrockPot and a few hours later you have delicious meatballs in a sweet and tangy sauce. Perfect!

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I used frozen home style meatballs (I would not recommend Italian seasoned meatballs for this recipe), a jar of chili sauce, and one can of jellied cranberry sauce. You may also add a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar for added sweetness if you prefer.

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Cranberry Sauce Meatballs

  • Author: Carissa Shaw for Mom Needs Chocolate
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 240
  • Total Time: 245


  • 2 pound bag of frozen meatballs (not Italian flavor)
  • 12 ounce bottle chili sauce
  • 14 ounce can jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar (optional)


1. Spoon cranberry sauce into a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave in 30 second increments until melted. The cranberry sauce does not need to be completely liquefied, but just soft enough to be able to stir.

2. Add the chili sauce and brown sugar to the melted cranberry sauce and mix well.

3. Place the frozen meatballs into a slow cooker and pour the sauce over top.

4. Cook the meatballs on low heat for 4 hours, stirring about halfway through.

Serve hot and refrigerate leftovers.


  • Serving Size: 9
  • Calories: 288
  • Sugar: 23
  • Sodium: 568
  • Fat: 12
  • Saturated Fat: 5
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6
  • Trans Fat: 1
  • Carbohydrates: 27
  • Protein: 17
  • Cholesterol: 55

Enjoy some fall season entertaining, relaxing, and making memories with friends and family! I hope this meatball recipe will be a favorite in your home and provide you with an option for an easy and yummy snack.



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15 Comments on Cranberry Sauce Meatballs

  1. Jeanette
    December 11, 2017 at 1:55 pm (8 months ago)

    I love meatballs. They are probably one of my favorite ways to eat beef really. I will do all sorts of different things to them. I really love the idea of doing a cranberry sauce on them.

  2. Tara pittman
    December 11, 2017 at 2:27 pm (8 months ago)

    The spicy cranberry sauce sounds so good. I need to make these for a party.

  3. Athena
    December 11, 2017 at 2:52 pm (8 months ago)

    Well that’s one way to get my kids to eat meat! How could they not love this recipe! It looks amazing and I am sure it tastes just as great.

  4. Jen Temcio
    December 11, 2017 at 6:51 pm (8 months ago)

    You know how people are “pumpkin spice” obsessed? I am cranberry obsessed! These sound amazing.

  5. Soonjoo
    December 12, 2017 at 11:03 am (8 months ago)

    Yum! I never tried cranberry sauce meatball. Sounds really good. Def very holiday dish that I can try to make.

  6. Sheena Tatum
    December 12, 2017 at 6:49 pm (8 months ago)

    Mmmm these sound like they would have a touch of sweet to them. Sounds like my kind of appetizer for sure!

  7. Ada
    December 12, 2017 at 6:52 pm (8 months ago)

    Wow, these sound so yummy! I’ll have to try and make these soon.

  8. Wendy Pwolisi
    December 12, 2017 at 7:32 pm (8 months ago)

    What?! I need to make these for our Christmas dinner. This is such a delicious idea.

  9. tina hogan grant
    December 12, 2017 at 10:00 pm (8 months ago)

    This is a new one. Never thought of using cranberry with meatballs. I’m inspired 🙂

  10. Nicole Caudle
    December 13, 2017 at 9:03 am (8 months ago)

    Wow! I’ve never heard of such a thing. I’m definitely going to give this a try!

  11. Rahul Khurana
    December 14, 2017 at 2:39 am (8 months ago)

    These meatballs really look delicious but can’t taste it being a vegetarian. Nice Recipe. I occasionally cook for myself and try making new things.

  12. Christopher Mitchell
    December 14, 2017 at 3:40 pm (8 months ago)

    My mom makes some epic grape jelly meatballs that don’t sound too far from these, which means these are my new favourite. Love it!

  13. Candy Rachelle
    December 15, 2017 at 12:54 am (8 months ago)

    Aw! This looks like an awesome cranberry sauce meatballs. I want to try this and make some good food trip with my family.

  14. Colleen
    December 18, 2017 at 7:50 pm (8 months ago)

    these look delicious. I am having difficulty accessing an older recipe listed for the ropa vieja. Am I doing something wrong or could you send me a different link. I am anxious to try many of the recipes but the links are not working. Any suggestions? Thank you.

    • carissashaw
      December 18, 2017 at 7:54 pm (8 months ago)

      Hi! I just emailed you. 🙂


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