Ultimate Party Meatball Recipe – Who Would Have Thought This Would Be So Good!

Disclosure: I received Heinz®, Johnsonville® and Ocean Spray® products in exchange for sharing this recipe. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  This is not a sponsored review and all views and opinions are of my own and were not influenced in any way.



Football, one of America’s favorite pastimes.  This time of the year my husband enjoys kicking back, relaxing and watching the footballs games on t.v. Of course you need to root for your favorite team, right? How can you get that energy? From yummy snacks!


Heinz, Johnsonville and Ocean Spray have teamed up for the Ultimate Party Meatballs recipe. This delicious and versatile dish is a simple go-to recipe for entertaining! Who would have ever thought of mixing these three ingredients together and think it would come out delicious? Guess what, it is delicious!

heinz meatball ingredients

 Yes,  Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce Jellied Cranberry Sauce,  New Fully Cooked Johnsonville Classic Italian Meatball and Heinz Chili Sauce = DELICIOUSNESS! The combinations of flavors are tangy and sweet. It reminds me on my grandmother’s meatloaf!


Recipe / Ingredients:


1 12-ounce bottle of Heinz Chili Sauce

1 14-ounce can Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce

1 24-ounce bag of frozen fully cooked Johnsonville Classic Italian Meatballs

heniz meatballs cooking

 I prepared this recipe on the stove top but it can also be cooked in your slow cooker. Combine Ocean Spray Jellied Sauce and Heinz Chili Sauce in a large saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat then add the meatballs. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until the meatballs are heated through, stirring occasionally.

ultimate party meatballs recipe

Most people have these ingredients on hand making this recipe so versatile and great taste make it the perfect recipe for holidays, appetizers, at-home tailgating to watch the big game, taking to a pot luck, last-minute guests and visitors that drop by, weekend get-together’s, family celebrations, holiday open houses and many other occasions!


More about these three ingredients……………


Heinz Chili Sauce comes from a line from  trusted family of products. Perfect for recipes, Heinz Chili Sauce has a tangy flavor, and is great on burgers and fries.  Heinz Chili Sauce can be found at most major grocery, drug and mass market stores at an average price of around $2.39 for a 12-ounce glass bottle.


Johnsonville Fully Cooked Classic Italian Meatballs are made with only premium cuts of meat and never any artificial flavors or color. They can be found at your local grocery stores at an average price of around $7.99 for a 24-ounce bag.

Ocean Spray’s delicious sweet and tangy cranberry sauce has been a tradition at the table for generations (we always have this on Thanksgiving)! This delicious Jellied Cranberry Sauce can be found at most major grocery, drug, and mass market stores at an average price of around $1.40 for a 14-ounce can.


Click on the below recipe, print and save in your recipe file for your next gathering, your guests will love them!




Disclosure: I received Heinz®, Johnsonville® and Ocean Spray® products in exchange for sharing this recipe. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  This is not a sponsored review and all views and opinions are of my own and were not influenced in any way.


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  1. that looks like a great dish–have to save this one for the next PAR-TAY!!!! thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Guess who wants meatballs tonight!! Luckily I found this early enough in the morning I haven’t planned anything yet! Thanks for the heads up!

  3. I’ve always loved the meatball recipes that call for Heinz Chili Sauce – they’re so great to toss in the slow cooker for a party.

  4. I have never try frozen meatball but yours looks yummy. I’ll give them a try next time. Thanks for sharing.

  5. BBQ meatballs are a great appetizer or potluck thing to being in a crockpot!

  6. This looks so delicious! My kids love meatballs I think I will give this a try! Thanks :0)

  7. LOVE easy recipes. 🙂 And this one is pretty easy. Thanks!

  8. cranberry sauce and meat balls! This sounds like an awesome combination! I would try this out for sure 🙂 Thank you!

  9. mmm those look and sound fabulous!

  10. Those look so GOOD!

  11. Looks yummy!! We are making these too!

  12. Sometimes you get the greatest tastes when you combine flavors you never thought about using together. This looks great.

  13. I am not a meatball fan but my husband is. Not sure I will make this but I’m sure my mom will probably try it.
    Kimberly @ AMomsPointOfView.com

  14. I think I had meatballs made like this and they were awesome! I’m going to have to try to make them!

  15. Cranberry sauce… That is a interesting addition! Thank!

  16. Looks yummy… I will be trying this out for our next watch party.

  17. mmm those look so good! I love saucy meatballs in the crock pot!

  18. Wow ! that looks super delish!

  19. We always have heinz chili sauce on hand – we actually use it to make a pot roast in the crock pot!

  20. Who doesn’t love a good meatball?! Thanks for the recipe!

  21. Savannah miller says:

    I’m def trying this!! I use to have a great meatball recipe where you used grape jelly 🙂 Sadly I lost it! I hope that this taste just as good I think with the Cran. its going to have that same great sweetness as my grape jelly ones.
    Thank you for sharing 🙂

  22. Yes I have had these and they are good. When I ate them the first time, I asked what the sauce was,when I was told I said, good thing I found out after because I might not would have eaten them. lol

  23. I’m not a fan of meatballs, but the rest of my family is. This looks like a recipe my hubby would love!

  24. You know, I have never actually made meatballs, but yours look really good!

  25. I love a good meatball! I’ll have to try this at my next ladies night! Thanks!

  26. Those look soooo good! I might have to try this out.

  27. Wow these look delicious and beautiful too! I will give them a try!

  28. Looks yummy! I make something similar but sub any type of jam or jelly for the cranberry sauce. It’s yummy with peach or grape.

  29. Lindsey Silvestrini says:

    Yum! I love meatballs but never think to make them. Thanks for sharing!

  30. OMG! This is perfect! For some reason I always have extra cans of cranberry sauce in the cupboard that I don’t know what to do with! I know my family will scoff up meatballs!

  31. Mom mom mom, I love meatballs in sauce. They are great for parties.

  32. This is perfect for Football Sunday !! Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  33. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    Mmm those sound delicious, and I love anything that can be made in the crockpot.

  34. We love meatballs at our house! Have to try out this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  35. I made these several years back but had forgotten just how delicious they were. Thanks for the reminder. I’m going to make them again!

  36. This recipe is so easy, it’s hard to believe how great they taste!

  37. Wow, I would have NEVER, ever thought to combine the two! Thanks!

  38. They look delish and so festive with the little flags – and I love that they don’t take forever to make!

  39. I think that little meatballs are the perfect party food. The flavor combination you used is great! I am not a big fan of football, but I am a fan of the food that is served at the game day events!
    Cynthia @FeedingBig

  40. We make these every year in the crockpot for our Christmas party and they literally disappear. I always have to triple it.

  41. These look great (and easy!)

  42. Oh those look SO GOOD! YUM!

  43. Those looks amazing.

  44. Wow, looking at those ingredient I would not have thought this would be delicious. Thanks for sharing something I would like to try.

  45. That looks tasty and seems pretty simple to put together. My husband would love it!

  46. Love me some meatballs! These are always my go to meal for busy nights. They look great, thanks for sharing!

  47. we make a lot with cranberry sauce. yummy. i’m doing my meatballs over the weekend 🙂

  48. I love party meatballs. I have never made them myself but recently my niece made them for her class at school. I’m gonna definitely try them with this simple recipe. I had no idea they were this easy – until now I’ve been satisfied eating them up when others make them.

  49. The best meatballs ever are grape jelly and BBQ meatballs

  50. Gale McCarron says:

    Nice twist on the meatballs. Can’t wait to give this a try. Family loves their meatballs and looks good for Superbowl. Thanks!

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