3 Ingredient Cocktail Meatballs – I Wash You Dry

These saucy 3 Ingredient Cocktail Meatballs are the perfect appetizer and only require 3 simple ingredients and a slow cooker to make!

Juicy cocktail meatballs with a simple sweet and spicy sauce…what’s not to like? 

4 cookied meatballs on a wooden spoon.

This is a super easy grape jelly cocktail meatballs recipe that can be made with my Make Ahead Frozen Meatballs or store-bought frozen meatballs. 

3 Ingredient Cocktail Meatballs

This is the simplest of all cocktail meatball recipes. Pull out your trusty slow cooker for this one, you’re going to love it!


Here’s the basic list of ingredients you’ll need in order to make these 3 ingredient cocktail meatballs. As always, you can find the full list of ingredients located in the printable recipe card below.

Ingredients for 3 ingredient cocktail meatballs on wood coutertop.

How To Make 3 Ingredient Cocktail Meatballs

Using frozen meatballs is the quickest way to make this grape jelly meatballs recipe, but you can always use my Easy Meatball Recipe.

ADD IN MEATBALLS  Place the meatballs in a slow cooker and turn the heat to LOW. 

PRO TIP  Use a slow cooker liner for easy cleanup! 

Frozen meatballs in black slow cooker.

MAKE SAUCE  Whisk together the chili sauce and grape jelly in a small bowl. 

Grape jelly and chilli sauce in glass bowl with dish towel.

POUR SAUCE   After the sauce is mixed together, pour it over the meatballs and mix gently until it completely coats them. 

Pouring sauce over frozen meatballs in slow cooker.

 COOK    Cook meatballs on LOW heat with grape jelly and chili sauce together for 3-4 hours, until heated through. Stir to coat occasionally throughout cooking. 

Cooked 3 ingredient cocktail meatballs in black slow cooker.

Tips and Variations

  • Make sure you don’t use a seasoned Italian variety of frozen meatballs for this recipe. The flavors may clash with the sauce. 
  • Look for a homestyle meatball for the best results.
  • If Chili sauce isn’t for you, try using pepper jelly or a different variety of chili sauce. 

Can I Use Turkey Meatballs? 

I prefer using frozen beef meatballs for their flavor, but if you would like to use turkey, I also have a fantastic Turkey Meatballs recipe you could use! 

3 cocktail meatballs on white plate.

More Recipes That Use Meatballs

Looking for more of the best meatball recipes? I have a few more for you to try, including some meatball appetizers!

This 3 ingredient meatball recipe is the EASIEST one out there. I know you’ll love them as much as we do! 

Cooked 3 ingredient cocktail meatballs in black slow cooker.

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3 Ingredient Cocktail Meatballs

These saucy meatballs are the perfect appetizer and only require 3 simple ingredients and a slow cooker to make!

Prep Time5 mins

Cook Time4 hrs

Total Time4 hrs 5 mins

Course: Appetizer

Cuisine: American

Servings: 30 servings

Calories: 116 kcal

Author: Shawn


  • 2 lb Meatballs, frozen*
  • 12 oz Heinz Chili Sauce
  • 10 oz Grape Jelly


  • Place the meatballs in a slow cooker.

  • Whisk together the chili sauce and grape jelly and pour over meatballs. Cook on LOW heat for 3 to 4 hours, until heated through. Stir to coat occasionally through cooking.

HOMEMADE MEATBALLS – If you would like to use homemade meatballs, check out my recipe here: Make Ahead Frozen Meatballs
STOVE TOP – You can easily prepare these meatballs on the stove top by combining all the ingredients in a large pot and heating it over medium, low heat. Cook until the meatballs are heated through, stirring often. 


Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 172mg | Potassium: 136mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 79IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Keywords: chili sauce, Grape Jelly, meatballs, Party Food, Slow Cooker

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