Looking for an easy way to feed a crowd this holiday? This delicious recipe makes for a fantastic appetizer or a tasty twist on your classic meatball sandwich.

Turkey meatballs swimming in a sea of cranberry chili sauce is the new must-make recipe of the season. These meatballs are tangy, sweet, and oh-so-addictive! Guests can pick them with toothpicks or plate them for a fancier affair. And the best part? You — you fabulously smart and savvy holiday host — just dump three ingredients into the crock pot, walk away, and about two hours later, you have a hot and hearty snack everyone will love.

Now that’s a happy holiday.

Also try this Warm brie with cranberry jalapeño jam recipe

Note: I use turkey meatballs since a lot of people shy away from red meat. Plus, the turkey and cranberry combo is obviously a classic. But feel free to use whatever kind of meatballs you would like! It will taste just as delicious. 



cranberry crockpot turkey meatballs


  • ~26 ounce bag of fully cooked frozen turkey meatballs
  • 14-ounces (1 can) of jellied cranberry sauce
  • 12-ounces Heinz Chili Sauce (or barbecue sauce if you prefer)


  1. Add cranberry sauce and chili sauce to crock pot and stir until combined.
  2. Add frozen meatballs to crock pot and stir until meatballs are coated in sauce.
  3. Place lid on crock pot. Set on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours, stir once or twice while cooking.
  4. Serve and enjoy!



Also see, Festive holiday olive wreath appetizer. 

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.