A Quick Simple Appetizer 3-Ingredient Ultimate Party Meatballs Recipe

I was provided a wonderful complimentary gift basket with everything needed to create the Ultimate Party Meatballs, all opinions 100% my own.

Ultimate Party Meatballs recipe

Since purchasing our home over four years ago, we’ve become the party home. Whether we have people over enjoying a cookout or pool party in the warmer months, or family game and movie night when it is colder, our home is always filled with people and kids. Inviting family and friends over is a joy for me. Usually my brother and his family will head over as well as my best friend and her family.

This past weekend was our weekly family movie night. We sat and watched Monsters University (must-watch!), but before the movie began, we enjoyed a few appetizer type snacks. While I would love to serve all healthy, not everyone is up to par on the healthy eating so I make treats everyone will enjoy. Like the Ultimate Party Meatballs. A simple recipe with three, yes only three ingredients, perfect for last minute get-togethers, football game day or a quick meal.

Ultimate Party Meatballs Recipe


1 12-ounce bottle of Heinz Chili Sauce
1 14-ounce can Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce
1 24-ounce package frozen, fully cooked Johnsonville Classic Italian Meatballs

You can prepare these in a saucepan or slow cooker. I’m going to give you stove-top directions

1. Combine sauces in large saucepan over medium/low heat

Ultimate Party Meatballs recipe
2. Stir sauces until smooth

Ultimate Party Meatballs recipe
3. Add meatballs. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until meatballs are heated through,stir occasionally.

Ultimate Party Meatballs recipe

These meatballs were a no-fuss appetizer or for us a meal as my kids really wanted elbow macaroni with theirs. They were tangy from the chili sauce, sweet from the cranberry sauce and delivered a fresh pork taste from the meatballs with no MSG, artificial colors or flavors.

The meatballs were a very good size for a frozen meatball!

Ultimate Party Meatballs recipe

The kids enjoyed this quick fix meal with a salad prior to the meal and I enjoyed preparing it as it was simple and quick. Our friends enjoyed them right off the toothpick!

Meatballs make a great appetizer for gatherings and can be made into a complete meal by adding over noodles, couscous or rice, added to a hoagie for a meatball sub, added to a stick with peppers and onions for a simple kebob and an array of other ways. You can even dress them up with spices! I kept mine a bit healthier with a spinach salad over whole wheat couscous:)

Ultimate Party Meatballs recipe

Do you ever make appetizer style meatballs for your gatherings?

ultimate party meatballs

About Nichol

Nichol Haskins is a WAHM of two children, a son who is 12 and a daughter who is 7. She enjoys sharing baby & kids online shopping deals so parents can save money. Fitness and health food addicted. Find me on Google+, Twitter @KiddiesCorner and Facebook


  1. We just made these and LOVED them!!

  2. I’ve been seeing these all over and I really need to try them! I love how good they look with that couscous!

  3. YUM! We do something similar to this with Heinz Chili sauce and grape jelly!! So good!

  4. Oooh these look good! Plus I love how easy it is! Getting ready for parties can be just so stressful!

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