Crockpot Sweet and Spicy Meatballs – With grape jelly and a spicy chili sauce, these Crockpot Sweet and Spicy Meatballs are easy and only require 3 ingredients.

crockpot sweet and spicy meatballs topped with parsley

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Ingredients for Crock Pot Meatballs with Grape Jelly

  • meatballs – you can use store-bought or make them homemade
  • grape jelly
  • chili sauce – your favorite kind
ingredients for crockpot sweet and spicy meatballs

How to Make Sweet and Spicy Meatballs

Detailed instructions and measurements are listed in the recipe card at the bottom of this page.

  1. Place your meatballs in the slow cooker.
  2. Top with chili sauce and grape jelly.
  3. Stir to combine and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
  4. Enjoy as an appetizer or over rice with a little parsley.

How to Store Sweet and Spicy Crockpot Meatballs

To store sweet and spicy crockpot meatballs, allow them to cool completely. Then place the meatballs with sauce into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Tips for this Grape Jelly Chili Sauce Meatballs Crockpot Recipe

  • You can use pre-made meatballs or you can make homemade ones. I recommend these, these, or these.
  • You can make these vegetarian! Just use a vegetarian style meatball.
  • If you like a spicier mix, go with a spicy chili sauce. It will amp up the spice factor.
  • These make a great appetizer for football games and Super Bowl parties. You can serve them with little forks or just toothpicks.
  • We really love them served over rice. They’d be great as meal prep as well.

FAQ for Crockpot Meatballs with Grape Jelly and Chili Sauce

Can I use frozen meatballs?

Yes. You just need to account for the cooking time of your crockpot to make sure they fully thaw and get heated through in the cooking process.

Should I thaw meatballs before putting them in the crockpot?

You don’t have to. That’s totally up to you. You just need to account for cooking time if you don’t.

What can I use instead of grape jelly?

You could use apple jelly instead.

How long can meatballs stay in crockpot?

Meatballs can stay in the crockpot on low up to 8 hours. After 8 hours, you’ll want to set the crockpot on warm to avoid overcooking.

Can you use grape jam instead of jelly for meatballs?

You can use grape jam instead of jelly for meatballs.

Is it safe to cook frozen meatballs in crockpot?

It is safe to cook frozen meatballs in the crockpot. They make take additional cooking time, but it is completely safe as long as they are cooked through.

How long does it take to cook frozen meatballs in a crockpot?

Depending on the size of the meatballs, you can cook from frozen either 8 hours on low, or 4 hours on high.

What are the best premade meatballs?

The best premade meatballs are the ones your family loves best! If you don’t want to make your own, our family favorites are the frozen meatballs from Costco.

How do you keep meatballs from drying out in a crock pot?

By adding sauce to the crockpot, it will help the meatballs from drying out in the crockpot. Be sure not to overcook them as well.

Can you overcook meatballs in a slow cooker?

You can overcook meatballs in a slow cooker. Once they are done cooking, be sure to either turn the crockpot off completely or switch it to warm.

How do you make spicy meatballs less spicy?

If you find your pre-made meatballs are too spicy, you can try adding dairy or a sweetener to the sauce to help cut through that spicy flavor.

Serving Suggestions for This Sweet and Spicy Meatballs Crockpot Recipe

We really like ours over rice with a side of vegetables.

crockpot sweet and spicy meatballs over rice topped with parsley

Alterations for Picky Eaters

  • You can swap the grape jelly for apple jelly if they prefer. If you need a less spicy version, you can use Heinz Chili Sauce. It has the flavor without the heat.
  • Serve them with their favorite kind of meatball. If they prefer chicken meatballs, use those.

Alterations to Lower Calories and WW Points

  • Use a low calorie or point friendly meatball. I recommend these.
  • Use a no-sugar-added grape jelly.
  • Use a low calorie, point friendly chili sauce.

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Sweet and Spicy Meatballs (Crockpot)

By: Kara - Sweetly Splendid
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Prep 10 minutes
Cook 6 hours
Total 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8
With grape jelly and a spicy chili sauce, these Crockpot Sweet and Spicy Meatballs are easy and only require 3 ingredients.



  • Add meatballs to your crockpot
  • Pour the chili sauce and grape jelly over meatballs and mix to combine. 
  • Cook on high 4 hours or low 6 hours. 
  • Serve as an appetizer or over rice with a little bit of parsley. 


WW Freestyle Points: 6


Serving: 1/8 of recipe, Calories: 314kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 20g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 60mg, Sodium: 1148mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 16g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American

Hi! I’m Kara!

Kara loves all things food and spending time with her family and dogs. She has a passion for cooking and loves making yummy, family-friendly recipes.

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