Slow cooker Swedish meatballs garnished with parsley in a white oval dish with a brown and white towel behind all on a brown wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs Appetizer

The slow cooker makes dump-and-cook recipes a breeze. With only 4 ingredients, these sweet meatballs are a perfect appetizer.

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Simple recipes are the best, especially when you are making them to share. When I worked in a doctor’s office years ago, we did a lot of potluck lunches. I usually made my taco dip because everyone asked for it, but would sometimes branch out to other recipes.

Another favorite is sweet meatballs. They are easy to make and delicious!

This recipe couldn’t be easier. Measure out your ingredients, dump it all in the slow cooker, and let it cook. You may want to give it a stir occasionally, just to prevent any sticking. But, there have been times I forget to stir and haven’t had an issue.

Using the slow cooker for a potluck recipe is also nice because you can plug it in and keep it on warm. Then you don’t have to worry about your sweet meatballs getting cool or drying out since they are still in the warm sauce.

Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs frozen meatballs, homestyle
  • 10 oz grape jelly
  • 1 cup coca-cola
  • 12 oz chili sauce
Ingredients for Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs in stainless steel bowls on a white surface

Preparation

Pour all ingredients into a slow cooker and stir to coat.

Swedish Meatballs in the slow cooker on a white surface

Cook on low for at least 4-5 hours before serving, stirring occasionally.

Slow cooker Swedish meatballs garnished with parsley in a white oval dish with a brown and white towel behind all on a brown wooden surface (vertical)

Leftovers

Place leftover sweet meatballs in an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 3 days. To reheat, pour the meatballs and sauce into a saucepan. Heat over medium heat for about 5-10 minutes, until warmed through.

Recipe

Originally Published On: September 1, 2021

Slow cooker Swedish meatballs garnished with parsley in a white oval dish with a brown and white towel behind all on a brown wooden surface

Slow Cooker Sweet Meatballs

The slow cooker makes dump-and-cook recipes a breeze. With only 4 ingredients, these sweet meatballs are a perfect appetizer.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Course:
Appetizer
Cuisine:
American
Keyword:
beef
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meatballs
|
slow cooker
Dietary Needs:
Dairy-Free
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Egg-Free
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Gluten-Free
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Nut-Free
Meat:
Beef
Cooking Method:
Slow-Cooker
Servings: 10
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs frozen meatballs (homestyle)
  • 10 oz grape jelly
  • 1 cup coca-cola
  • 12 oz chili sauce

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Instructions

  • Pour all ingredients into a slow cooker and stir to coat
  • Cook on low for at least 4-5 hours before serving, stirring occasionally
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Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Sweet Meatballs
Amount Per Serving (10 meatballs)
Calories 362 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 65mg22%
Sodium 516mg22%
Potassium 409mg12%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 238IU5%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

Slow Cooker Sweet Meatballs FAQs

What type of meatballs work best?

I like to use the frozen package of meatballs. They cook up well, and add to the simplicity of the meal. Typically, I buy the “homestyle” meatballs because they don’t have extra flavors in it. This allows the flavor in the sauce to be dominant.

Can I use a different type of soda?

Yes. I have only used coca-cola when I make these, but other brands should work. Just make sure you don’t purchase diet or flavored soda.

8 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs Appetizer”

  1. 5 stars
    Awesome recipe! Everyone loved it. This will be my second time making this. But, this time, I’ll be serving a couple diabetics. Do you think this would work with sugar free jelly?

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