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Party meatballs in the Crockpot covered with green onions.
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Party Meatballs

Italian meatballs cooked in a syrupy preserve with a hint of tanginess from the sweet chili sauce make this the appetizer everyone just can't get enough of. Party Meatballs are a party staple with only 3 ingredients and travel easily in your crockpot or work great for any entertaining spread.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time8 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 Servings
Calories: 435kcal
Author: Aimee Mars


  • Crockpot, Instant Pot or Dutch Oven (depending on cooking method)


  • 16 ounces Raspberry Preserves or favorite preserves or jelly
  • 12 ounces Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 32 ounces Frozen Meatballs 2 bags


  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl stir the preserves and sweet chili sauce together until well combined.
  • Add the frozen meatballs to the crockpot and top with the sauce.
  • Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours or high for 1.5 to 2 hours.


  • For an entirely different, yet similar, appetizer you can swap out the meatballs for Little Smokies. This is one way to make a recipe last through the entire season so everyone doesn't get tired of it.
  • You can also use raw meatballs for this recipe, however, it becomes a tad tricky, which is why I suggest cooking your homemade meatballs first. If you have too much egg or breadcrumbs, and in some cases too little they could start to fall apart in the slow cooker.
  • Instead of sweet chili sauce, you can also use ketchup and 1/4 cup of brown sugar for a slightly sweeter glaze.
  • Before serving chop up some green onions, green parts only, and sprinkle them on top.

Other Cooking Methods

Stovetop Instructions

  1. Make the sauce. Stir the sweet chili sauce and preserves together in a large bowl.
  2. Cover the meatballs. Add the meatballs to the bowl and toss them to cover in the sauce. Add the mixture to a large pot.
  3. Cook. Bring the meatballs to a soft boil over medium heat and then reduce the heat to low and cover with a lid. Let the meatballs simmer for 30 minutes.

Oven Instructions

  1. Prepare the sauce. Whisk the preserves and sweet chill sauce together in a large bowl.
  2. Coat the meatballs. Add the frozen meatballs to the bowl and toss to coat.
  3. Bake. Spread the meatballs onto a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet and bake at 350ºF for 30 minutes, or until the meatballs reach a temperature of 165ºF.

Instant Pot Instructions

  1. Place the frozen meatballs into your Instant Pot.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl whisk the sweet chili sauce, preserves, and 2 teaspoons of cornstarch together until well mixed. Pour the mixture over the meatballs.
  3. Set the Instant Pot to MANUAL and 10 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes before removing the lid. Give it a good stir before serving.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 435kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 406mg | Potassium: 295mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg