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Published on December 21, 2015

Crowd-pleasing cocktail meatballs recipe

Makes 32 meatballs


  • For Meatballs:
  • 2 pounds 90/10 lean ground beef
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt


In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, using hands to mix until well-combined. Using cookie scoop, portion into meatballs and place into large prepared skillet. Fry until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Divide meatballs evenly between two prepared crockpots. Prepare once sauce for each crockpot.

  • Italian-Style Meatballs:
  • 1 (15 oz.) jar marinara sauce.

    Heat on low for 3-4 hours. Serve with a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese.
  • Sweet & Tangy Meatballs:
  • ½ cup grape jelly
  • ½ - ¾ (12 oz.) jar chili sauce

    Heat on low 3-4 hours.

Recipes can easily be doubled or tripled depending on the crowd.

Nutrition analysis per 2 meatball serving:

  • Meatballs marinara: 70 calories, 3.5g fat, 3g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 7g protein, 190mg sodium
  • Sweet & Tangy: 100 calories, 3g fat, 11g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 7g protein, 390mg sodium
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