spicy meatballs recipe

There’s nothing more comforting on a cold winter day, than coming home to a hot meal. That’s exactly why I decided to try these sweet and spicy cranberry meatballs, and they’ve quickly become a favorite in my house– not just as a main meal, but also as an easy-to-share appetizer when entertaining. I first made them during the holidays, when the subtle cranberry essence was particularly festive, but I’ve found the recipe to be a great go-to any time you’re looking to serve something hot and hearty. Some recipes suggest using pre-made frozen meatballs, but I prefer to make my own from fresh ground beef or turkey, eggs, and a sprinkling of breadcrumbs.

Sweet and spicy cranberry meatballs


Sweet and spicy cranberry meatballs

Sweet & Spicy Cranberry Meatballs

Sweet & Spicy Cranberry Meatballs


  • 1 (20 ounce) package ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 can (16 oz) whole-berry or jellied cranberry sauce
  • 3/4 cup(s) chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup(s) water


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with the olive oil, and place it in the oven while preheating.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the meat, egg, and bread crumbs using your hands. Using an ice cream scoop if possible, form the meat into golf ball sized meatballs. Place about 1 inch apart in the hot baking dish.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, then turn them over, and continue baking for about 5 more minutes, or until somewhat crispy on the outside.
  4. Meanwhile, in your slow cooker, combine the cranberry sauce, chili sauce and water and lightly whisk. Once the meatballs are done, add them to the sauce and stir to coat.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 1 hour, until bubbling.
  6. Serve warm from the cooker.


2 Responses to Spicy Cranberry Meatballs

  1. Tarika says:

    I cannot wait to make these!!! xx

  2. You make everything seem so simple! I’m gonna try this recipe! five star for your cranberry meatballs

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