Swedish Meatballs

You might think that when dinner time rolls around in this house I’m joyously running around the kitchen stirring and tasting and seasoning.  The smell of pure deliciousness filling the house.  Everyone is sitting around the table, forks in hand, eyes wide and tummies growling.

HA!  In my dreams.  Sometimes that is the scene {or as close as it’s gonna get}.  Like on holidays for instance.

The table is set ahead of time and we’ve gone without food for an entire afternoon because, “Dinner is almost ready” every 30 minutes.

Since I am not the picture of perfection every night I like to fake it.  I’m really good at faking it.

These meatballs are my go to dinner.  I make a big batch ahead of time, store them in plastic freezer bags and grab one when I need to look like I’ve been cooking all day.


The recipe for the meatballs is below.  I always try to have a few bags in the freezer that I serve with spaghetti or another favorite, swedish meatballs.  These are actually nothing like swedish meatballs {at least not the ones in IKEA and they should know} but that is what we have always called them.

To make my swedish meatballs you need two ingredients.  Grape Jelly and Chili Sauce.  That’s it.  Mix a 10 oz jar of jelly with a 12 oz jar of chili sauce.  Pour over the meatballs in a crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours.  If you are in a hurry defrost the meatballs in the microwave, combine them with the sauce in a pot, and cook on medium-low for 20 minutes or until the meatballs are completely heated through.


  1. Great idea to freeze these!

  2. I love your blog – but since i am a Swede 🙂 and I know you said you just call these Swedish meatballs but If you are ever up for it and would like to make real Swedish meatballs and serve with lingonberry, brown sauce and potatoes here is my recipe, it is still very easy – http://delishhh.com/2008/10/06/swedish-meatballs/

  3. I make the same sauce for my meatballs. We either call them cocktail meatballs, or sweet and sour meatballs. Yummy.

  4. I laughed at your description of running around your kitchen, seasoning and tasting. People think my house is like that too! 🙂 I love the idea of freezing these meatballs and having them on hand for a go-to meal. I’m definitely going to try them!! Jen http://www.thewholebagofchips.com

  5. I am not sure what makes swedish meatballs so darn addictive…but they always are!

  6. I make big batches of meatballs and big batches of sauce, freeze them separately in meal-sized containers or ziploc bags, and voila! Instant dinner. These days the meatballs I make are mostly turkey meatballs.

  7. How ironic. A guy at work just told me yesterday about the meatballs his wife always makes with grape jelly and chili sauce. Must have gotten from the same Betty Crocker cookbook.

    He says they’re awesome!

  8. You remind me it’s really so easy!! Have to make these SOON!

  9. These look SO delicious! I found one of your pins on Pinterest and came to check your site out! I now have you saved in my FAVORITES! Thank you for the inspiring recipes that I think even a “not-so-good” cook as myself can make!

    • Oh my goodness Jan, thank you SO much!!! I’m so glad you found me and I truly hope you find some more recipes that make you look like a pro in your kitchen!

  10. Suzan Grant says:

    Im sorry to sound stupid, but what is Chili Sauce? Can you give me a brand name and where in the grocery store I would find it.
    thank you

    • Don’t worry Suzan! It’s not a typical ingredient that you would spot unless you were looking for it. Chili Sauce is usually found by the ketchup and other condiments. You should be able to find it at any grocery store. I like the Heinz brand. Good luck!

  11. Krista,

    These meatballs sound absolutely delicious and right up the readers of Mr. Food’s alley! We’d love for you to submit a similar recipe to The Search for the Ultimate Weeknight Meal, offering a grand-prize to one lucky blogger who will tape a segment to air on national TV! If you’re interested, check out our contest page for more details. http://www.mrfood.com/Editors-Picks/Search-for-Ultimate-Weeknight-Meal-Blogger-Contest

    Editor, Mr. Food

    • Thank you Alexis! I have your email starred actually. In fact, I was just cooking up a little variation! I sure will try to submit it for consideration this month!

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