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Cranberry Chili Meatballs | Holiday Recipe

December 15, 2020

Crockpot cranberry chili meatballs displayed on a cast iron skillet

Cranberry Chili Meatballs is a holiday appetizer favorite. You can make it in advance to serve at parties, family get togethers or as a quick meal.

Recipe contributed by @mrsmontanarancher

A closeup of the cranberry chili meatballs cooked in a crock pot by Felton Angus Beef.


  • 2 pounds Felton Angus Beef ground beef
  • 1 cup quick rolled oats or pork panko
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup onion, very finely chopped or 1 Tablespoon dried onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper


  • 1 can (14 oz) jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1 bottle (12oz) chili sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • dash cayenne



  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Mix together in large bowl ground beef, oats, eggs, milk, onion and seasonings until well combined (use hands if needed)
  3. Line a baking sheet with non-stick liner or parchment paper
  4. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop meatballs on to baking sheet
  5. Bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees
  6. Remove cooked meatballs from baking sheet
  7. Place meatballs in baking dish or slow cooker (or freeze for later use)


  1. In a separate bowl, combine all sauce ingredients and mix.
  2. Pour over meatballs and bake at 350 for 45 minutes or turn slow cooker to low until thoroughly heated
  3. Serve at holiday parties or as main dish for holiday dinners.

An image of the recipe card for crockpot cranberry chili meatballs


Cranberry chili meatballs prepared for a holiday party.

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