Cranberry Meatballs

Cranberry Meatballs

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Cranberry Meatballs

Cranberry Meatballs

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Servings 6


  • 1 can (14 ounces) jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp minced onion
  • 1/4 cup Pinot Noir or dry red wine
  • 2 pound bag frozen, pre-cooked, cocktail-size meatballs


  • Whisk together first 4 ingredients.
  • Place frozen meatballs in a slow cooker.
  • Pour sauce over the top.
  • Cook on low for about 3 to 4 hours.
  • Serve with tootpicks as an appetizer.
  • Also great over mashed potatoes for dinner.


Calories: 584kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 1551mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 33IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 2mg

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.

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  1. Saw you make these on Fox 6. Made for Christmas party. 9 people were there and we ran out early. Everyone loved them. Am making again for Super bowl party at my son’s church (just the men will be there) and am doubling the recipe. I do add brown sugar to mine. Thanks for all your delicious recipes.

  2. Kathi Gaitens says:

    Could you use homemade Italian meatballs?

    1. Amy Hanten says:

      Hi Kathi,
      Yes! Homemade meatballs would be wonderful with this sauce! -Amy

  3. smilbrandt says:


    I make your meatballs, (my bosses’ recipe) but instead of the wine we add a can of sauerkraut. I know it doesn’t
    sound good but it gives a nice sweet sour flavor. I have never found anyone who didn’t like them and I have brought
    them to many places. Thanks for all the good recipes. We are enjoying the BLT dip.

  4. Cheryl Sanocki says:

    Hi Amy, Love your recipes…from your neighbor to the west…Minnesnowtahhh!!!
    Is there anything that can replace the wine? Stock? or would that change the integrity of the sauce?
    Thanks for your help, looking forward to trying this one

  5. Amy Hanten says:

    Hi Barb. You are so right! All frozen meatballs are not created equal! I think Farm Rich, which I’ve seen at Walmart, are really good! Let me know what you think! Thanks! -Amy

  6. I would like to know what kind of frozen meatballs do you use? I mean what brand? I bought some and they tasted bad and very mealy.

  7. Mary Younger says:

    I have been making these meatballs for years and they are the best ever. I love your show, watch it everyday.