Bowl of cranberry meatballs

For this year’s #12DaysofChristmas, I’m focusing on ease. Not only for me, but for you. The holidays are blissful and hectic at the same time. They’re blectic. For this reason, I wanted to deliver twelve stress-free recipes that you can make in less than 30 minutes that taste and look like they took twice as much time, if not more. These easy cranberry meatballs are almost embarrassingly simple to make and honestly, who doesn’t like a cocktail meatball? (Vegetarians, I know–but still, they’re addictively delicious to the rest of us.)

Christmas tablecloth with bowl of meatballs

These Easy Cranberry Meatballs are as simple to make as opening cans and jars and dumping everything into a saucepan and warming it to a lovely simmer. A jar of chili sauce, a can of cranberries and a bag of meatballs later, you’ve got yourself a delicious and festive appetizer. Sure, you could make your own meatballs and cranberry sauce, but that would negate that easy theme I’m going for. One thing to remember is that these need to be served hot. That shouldn’t be too big of a problem as it’s my experience that they go fast.

Bowl of cranberry meatballs
3.75 from 8 votes

Easy Cranberry Meatballs

Easy Cranberry Meatballs are a simple and delicious holiday appetizer.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas meatballs, cranberry cocktail meatballs, cranberry meatballs, cranberry sauce meatballs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 208 kcal
Author Amanda


  • 1 package meatballs frozen or thawed
  • 1 jar chili sauce
  • 1 can cranberry sauce whole berry
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Mix chili sauce, cranberry sauce, mustard, and soy sauce together in a medium saucepan.
  2. Add frozen meatballs and cook over medium-low heat until it comes to a simmer.
  3. Simmer until meatballs are heated through.
  4. Pour into a decorative bowl and serve with toothpicks.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Cranberry Meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 208 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 142mg6%
Potassium 176mg5%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 16IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Do you love cocktail meatballs as much as I do? I’d love to hear from you! For last year’s #12DaysOfChristmas recipes all in one place, check out this 2018 Christmas Roundup.