Thai Chili and Cranberry Meatballs (Only 3 Ingredients)

Thai Chili and Cranberry Meatballs – only 3 ingredients!!! Can be made in the slow cooker – great for holiday parties! These things FLY off the plate. SO good!!! Can also serve as a main dish over rice or noodles. I always have the ingredients on hand for a quick appetizer or dinner. #slowcooker #meatballs #appetizer

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Easy Meatball Appetizer Recipe

Do you need a super easy appetizer for your upcoming football parties? Well, look no further! These Thai Chili & Cranberry Meatballs are ridiculously easy to make and ridiculously delicious! The best part is that there are are only three ingredients! Woohoo!

These meatballs are great as an appetizer, but you could also serve them as a main dish over some rice or noodles. We ate these for tailgating and had the leftovers for lunch the next day. They were delicious both times!!!

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How to Make Thai Chili & Cranberry Meatballs

These meatballs are SUPER easy to make. Simply combine meatballs, Thai chili sauce, and cranberry sauce. Heat until the meatballs are warm and enjoy. You can make these in the slow cooker or on the stove. I’ve made them both ways and they are great either way. For parties, I usually make the meatballs in the slow cooker. I like to let guests serve themselves straight from the slow cooker.

  • I use frozen 1/2-ounce meatballs. There is no need to thaw the meatballs before cooking. I actually like the flavor of Walmart’s Great Value frozen meatballs.
  • I used Thai Kitchen Red Chili Dipping Sauce in this recipe.
  • For the cranberry sauce, I used a can of Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce. The same stuff you buy at Thanksgiving.
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What to Serve with Party Meatballs

I’ve made these meatballs several times over the holidays. They were a hit every single time! I just love how easy they are to make. I always have the ingredients on hand so I can whip these yummy meatballs anytime we get the craving! As I said, these are great as an appetizer or a main dish over rice or noodles. Serve them with some Teriyaki Asparagus or Honey Garlic Green Beans – YUM!

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Thai Chili and Cranberry Meatballs

Yield: 60 meatballs
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Thai Chili and Cranberry Meatballs – only 3 ingredients!!! Can be made in the slow cooker – great for holiday parties! These things FLY off the plate. SO good!!! Can also serve as a main dish over rice or noodles. I always have the ingredients on hand for a quick appetizer or dinner. #slowcooker #meatballs #appetizer

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds frozen half-ounce meatballs
  • 2 (6.75-oz) jars Thai chili sauce
  • 1 (14-oz) can jellied cranberry sauce

Instructions:

  • In a large skillet or Dutch oven, combine all ingredients. Simmer 25-30 minutes, until meatballs are warmed through.
  • If using a slow cooker, combine all ingredients in a 6-qt slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 1 to 2 hours.

Notes:

  • I use frozen 1/2-ounce meatballs. There is no need to thaw the meatballs before cooking. I actually like the flavor of Walmart’s Great Value frozen meatballs.
  • I used Thai Kitchen Red Chili Dipping Sauce in this recipe.
  • For the cranberry sauce, I used a can of Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce. The same stuff you buy at Thanksgiving.
  • These are great as an appetizer or a main dish over rice or noodles. Serve them with some Teriyaki Asparagus or Honey Garlic Green Beans.

Steph

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    1. Just whatever brand is on sale at the grocery store. I like the smaller 1/2 ounce size. I never use the larger 1-ounce size meatballs.

  1. Both variations were a big hit. Can't call a winner here. It was a draw. I used cumin instead of curry and that was a good move. Two of the three couples left with the recipe.
    Both of these will be saved and used over and over. Thanks, Steph.

  2. I plan on adding a tbl of curry pwr and lemon juice to half of this recipe. I will let you know how they are received if you are interested.

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