Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs

[ 23 ] November 8, 2013 |

Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs

Looking for a great appetizer, these slow cooker Italian Meatballs are delectable.

These meatballs are a family favorite. They are so versatile. They can be serve as an appetizer or along with your favorite pasta.

Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs

The longer your sauce simmers, the more robust its flavor, the better the marriage of spices and herbs. And since we all  know that the slow cooker is a great way to cook meat, these meatballs are very tender.

Slowly simmered and cooked directly in your favorite sauce these meatballs are simple. They’re perfectly moist and tender, while still holding their shape.

Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs

It’s not going to get much easier than this.

These meatballs will sure be a big hit.

The slow cooker can be your best friend when you don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen.

  • 1½ pounds extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh onion
  • 2 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle chili sauce
  1. Combine first 9 ingredients in a large bowl; shape mixture into 30 (1½-inch) meatballs.
  2. Combine sugar, ketchup , balsamic vinegar, and chili sauce, in an electric slow cooker; gently stir in meatballs. Cover with lid; cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours. Garnish with parsley, if desired.



Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs

Marie Poulin
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Category: Appetizers, Main Dishes

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  1. Michelle says:

    These look delicious! I love Crock Pot meals and my hubby and son are meatball fanatics. I will definitely try this soon. I just found a great appetizer for my Thanksgiving gathering. Thanks so much for sharing :)

    P.S. I use that same napkin for my picture taking and smile whenever I see it in your pictures :)

  2. This looks delicious! Never considered serving meatballs as appetizers , I usually reserve them for my spaghetti. Great idea :)

  3. Michelle says:


    How many meatballs does this yield? Got a theatre potluck to go to this Saturday :) thanks!

  4. Lameduck1 says:

    I’m definitely going to try these. I can almost taste them from just reading the ingredients! The slow cooker gives food so much flavor!

  5. Emily says:

    What brand of chili sauce do you recommend?

  6. Dyane says:

    I’m making these for a party tomorrow!! They sound wonderful, can’t wait to try them!

  7. Chanin V says:

    Hi, I am making these now. However, you have ketchup on there twice. Once as 2 tablespoons and once as 1/2 cup. which one is it and is there another ingredient missing?

    Thank so much

  8. I may have to try these in the Italian wedding soup recipe I make – it would give it an extra little kick! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Easy and delicious is the perfect combination for me!!

  10. Tracy says:

    Can I make these ahead of time and freeze them raw(minus the sauce) then cook them? I was also wondering if I could speed up the cooking time and cook them on high. My party is in the afternoon and would like them hot :)

  11. Brittany says:

    One of the category tags is Main Dishes. What do you recommend they be served with? We intended to make them as a Thanksgiving app, but ran out of time. We still plan to make them for ourselves! Any complete meal ideas or pasta suggestions? Thanks!

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