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Spicy Grape Meatballs

Only 4 ingredients needed for this retro slow cooker favorite. These Spicy Grape Meatballs make such an easy appetizer.

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Spicy Grape Meatballs in slow cooker.

Sweet and Spicy

The sauce coating these meatballs is both sweet and spicy. A little cayenne pepper balances the sweetness in the grape jelly. Add as little or as much as you like. Add 1/2 teaspoon for just a little spiciness or 1 teaspoon for more heat.

Frozen Meatballs

This recipe makes use of frozen meatballs for ease and convenience. There’s no need to thaw them before adding them into the slow cooker. Any style of frozen meatballs can be used.

Chili Sauce

Be sure to use the right chili sauce. I use a bottle of Heinz Chili Sauce which can be found with the ketchup. Do not use Sriracha sauce or any type of Asian chili sauce. They are too spicy for this dish.

Slow Cooker Spicy Grape Meatballs in crock pot.


Try using Apple Jelly, Blackberry, Peach, or Strawberry Jelly instead of Grape Jelly. BBQ Sauce can be used instead of chili sauce.

Equipment Needed

You will need a 6-quart slow cooker for this recipe. I use the Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker.

How Long To Cook

Either cook on LOW for 4 to 5 hours or on HIGH for 3 hours.

How To Serve Spicy Grape Meatballs

Spicy Grape Meatballs are typically served as an appetizer and they are great for a holiday party. Just set some toothpicks out with them. They can also be eaten as a main dish. Serve them over rice, mashed potatoes, or in a sub roll.

This recipe can easily be doubled if your slow cooker is large enough.


Leftovers will keep for 4 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator and can be reheated in the microwave.

Meatballs in a serving bowl.

More Easy Slow Cooker Appetizers

Spicy Grape Meatballs

Only 4 ingredients needed for this retro slow cooker favorite. These Spicy Grape Meatballs make such an easy appetizer.
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 4 hours


  • 1 1/2 cups grape jelly
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar Chili sauce, I use Heinz
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 pounds frozen meatballs


  • Stir together first 3 ingredients in a 6-quart slow cooker.
  • Add the meatballs and stir to coat.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours, stirring halfway through.


Calories: 343kcal
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: crock pot, slow cooker

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2 thoughts on “Spicy Grape Meatballs”

  1. I first made this recipe in the late 70’s. It was great then and it’s never lost it’s appeal. Your suggestions for leftovers sound good, but explain who ever has any of those when they made these!

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