These Slow Cooker sweet and spicy Sriracha Meatballs are the perfect appetizer for any party. Your guests will love the bold sweet and spicy flavors in this easy slow cooker meatball recipe. Better yet, they are so easy!
Hi everyone! Excited to be back this month sharing a delicious appetizer recipe that you can use all holiday and football season long! I love sharing easy appetizer recipes on my blog Old House to New Home and I know that these spicy little meatballs will become a new favorite!
Want to know a secret? Here is my formula for easy entertaining. I always serve one hot dip and one cold, one easy platter like veggies or cheese and crackers, one filling meat appetizer, and one semi-homemade dessert.
These Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Meatballs definitely fit the bill for the meat category! Even better, since they are a crock pot recipe, you can make them ahead of time and have them all ready simmering away when your guests arrive!
How to Make Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Meatballs
It is so important to have go to easy slow cooker recipes that you can use again and again. I love creating versatile recipes that you can cater to your own tastes. You can certainly lessen the amount of sriracha if you don’t like spicy food! You can also substitute the beef for ground chicken or turkey!
These easy meatballs come together quickly and your slow cooker does most of the work!
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Kitchen Tools Needed:
Supplies or Ingredients Needed:
- 2 lbs lean ground beef
- Worcestershire sauce
- salt, pepper, onion powder
- half a white onion
- 30 ounces grape jelly
- 9 oz sriracha sauce
- 2 tbsp. cornstarch
- green onions, ranch dressing, etc. for serving
Here’s how to make the sweet meatballs with a nice spicy bite! Scroll on down for the printable recipe card.
1. Make the Meatballs
Mix together meat, milk, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and onion powder. Form into 1 inch balls. Place on a cookie sheet. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 12 minutes.
2. Make the sauce
Add the onion, grape jelly, and sriracha sauce to your slow cooker. Once meatballs are done in the oven. Add to the slow cooker and cover. One hour before serving, whisk in the corn starch. Cook on low for four hours.
How to Adjust the Spice Level in Meatballs
Whether you like your meatballs super spicy or really mild, it is easy to adjust the level of spiciness. Taste the sauce before adding it on top of the meatballs. For extra spice, use less grape jelly. For a mild flavor, use less sriracha.
What can you use instead of Sriracha?
For this recipe, you can use a different hot pepper sauce. Tabasco works great too.
Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Meatballs
For the meatballs:
- 2 lbs lean ground beef
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
For the sauce:
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 30 oz grape jelly
- 8 oz sriracha sauce
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- ranch dressing, green onions, for garnish and dipping
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Mix all meatball ingredients together in a mixing bowl until well combined. Roll into small, 1 inch meatballs. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes.
- While meatballs cook, add onion, grape jelly, and sriracha sauce to the slow cooker. When meatballs are done, add to the slow cooker. Put the lid on and cook for 4 hours on low. One hour before serving, whisk in the corn starch and let cook one more hour.
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