Sweet and Sour Meatballs from Heinz

Sweet and Sour Meatballs from Heinz


"This zesty meatball recipe is always a hit with any crowd. The basic, two-ingredient sauce can be switched up by simply combining Heinz Chili Sauce with any sweet spread such as peach jam, grape jelly or mango chutney. And, for the ultimate shortcut, you can use prepared meatballs."


50 m servings 234 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • Calories:
  • 234 kcal
  • 12%
  • Fat:
  • 7.8 g
  • 12%
  • Carbs:
  • 28.6g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 12.2 g
  • 24%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 61 mg
  • 20%
  • Sodium:
  • 680 mg
  • 27%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Gently blend beef, breadcrumbs, egg, milk, onion, garlic, salt and pepper until evenly combined. Form into about 40 bite-sized meatballs.
  2. Place meatballs on a foil-lined, rimmed baking sheet; bake for 20 minutes or until cooked all the way through.
  3. Combine chili sauce and jelly in a saucepan set over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until jelly dissolves, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add cooked meatballs to the sauce; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes. Makes 8 servings.


  • Twist 1: For a meat variation, use ground turkey or pork for the ground beef.
  • Twist 2: For a vegetarian option, purchase ready made veggie “meatballs” and heat in the sauce for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Twist 3: For a peachy version, substitute peach jam for the red currant jelly.
  • Twist 4: For a tangy citrus version, substitute citrus marmalade for the red currant jelly.
  • Twist 5: For a sweet and spicy version, substitute hot pepper jelly for the red currant jelly.
  • Twist 6: For a grape-licious version, substitute grape jelly for the red currant jelly.
  • Twist 7: For an Indian-influenced version, substitute mango chutney for the red currant jelly.
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  1. 11 Ratings


The meatballs were a bit on the salty side so I'm going to use just half the amount of salt next time I make these. I used hot pepper jelly instead of the currant jelly and they were delicious! ...

I use the currant jelly/chili sauce combo for my Sweet n Sour kielbasa (recipe on this site) I've been making it for YEARS and it's so simple! Can go right in the Crockpot...I love this sauce!

I've been making this receipe since 1977, it is easy and a crowd pleaser everytime. You can't go wrong with this meatballs and Heinz Chili Sauce.

I've been making these meatballs for years. I have always used the grape jelly and these meatballs are always a hit when I make them for parties. We also love them for dinner served over white r...

Classic recipe that is so good. I like using soft breadcrumbs in meatloaf and meatballs. I used grape "all fruit" jelly in the sauce, and it is perfectly sweet and tangy. Instead of using as an ...

I used Heinz ketchup, chili powder, grape jelly and a bit of bbq sauce. My whole family loved it. I used frozen meatballs and put everything in my slow cooker on high, about 90 minutes. Canned s...

yum! just what I was looking for!

I use the chili sauce, but switch out the jelly for whole cranberry sauce. If you want it a little sweeter, add brown sugar, more sour add vinegar (sparingly). I find the meatballs, at least wi...

I am used to making meatballs with grape jelly and decided to try this recipe for a change. It was okay. I found the cranberry to give it a tangy taste which took a little getting used to for me...