Spicy Sweet & Sour Meatballs in a white bowl sprinkled with parsley on a white marble table

Spicy Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Need a last-minute appetizer idea before tomorrow’s big feast? These Spicy Sweet & Sour Meatballs are so simple, a caveman could do it! The caveman would just have to cook it over fire, of course. Made with just three ingredients plus some parsley for garnish, this is not only easy but affordable, too.

I used chicken meatballs for this recipe because Bell & Evans makes high-quality chicken products and I just love keeping some of their meatballs in the freezer for easy last-minute dishes. The sweet, spicy, and sour comes from grape jelly and Thai sweet chili sauce. The combination is so delicious, that’s all you need! No seasonings or salt, just two ingredients for sauce and some high-quality meatballs.

Serve these sprinkled with parsley for a pop of color and poke some toothpicks in them on a serving tray for a fast appetizer.

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Spicy Sweet & Sour Meatballs lined up on a dark blue oval platter with wooden picks in a couple of meatballs and parsley sprinkled on top

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Spicy Sweet & Sour Meatballs in a white bowl sprinkled with parsley on a white marble table
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Gluten-Free Spicy Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Asian
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 492kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More



  • Combine the jelly and chili sauce in a large pan and melt the jelly over medium heat. Add the meatballs, stir, cover the pan, and cook over medium-low for 30 minutes or until the meatballs register 170 degrees on an instant-read thermometer.
  • Transfer the meatballs with a slotted spoon to a mixing bowl, turn up the heat to high, and cook the liquid until it thickens and reduces by two thirds, 10-12 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the meatballs back to the liquid, stir gently, and keep warm until serving.
  • Garnish with parsley.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Spicy Sweet & Sour Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 492 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Monounsaturated Fat 0.02g
Cholesterol 101mg34%
Sodium 952mg40%
Potassium 49mg1%
Carbohydrates 69g23%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 53g59%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 89mg9%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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