Elevate your game day appetizers with Drunken Chili Meatballs. This is a quick and easy recipe that’ll have all your fans raving!
Everyone loves meatballs for a party appetizer and these drunken chili meatballs are the best recipe I’ve found not to mention super easy! I discovered this gem of a recipe years and years ago at a company potluck and I’ve been making them ever since for potlucks, BBQs, family gatherings, and game days!
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Why Make Drunken Chili Meatballs?
These tender juicy meatballs are covered in a delectable sauce that you won’t be able to resist! You’ll be back for seconds, thirds, fourths….okay, you get the idea here!
They are perfect for any party you might have or to bring to a potluck!
Ingredients for Drunken Meatballs
Only 4 ingredients and this is one of those recipes that’s easy to remember as it’s 1, 1, 1, and 1! As in one bag, one bottle of chili sauce, one bottle of beer, and one cup of brown sugar!
Frozen Meatballs – If you want to make your own homemade meatballs, go ahead but it’s unnecessary here! You can use any kind you like – beef, turkey, or pork meatballs.
Chili Sauce – I think this is the star of the show. You can find this in the ketchup aisle in the grocery store.
Brown Sugar – These are sweet chili meatballs and the brown sugar gives them a sweet taste to match the slight spice of the chili sauce.
Beer – Grab a bottle of beer. Any kind will work, although I don’t suggest a dark beer.
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Making Drunken Meatballs
This is so easy it barely rates having a section for it.
Spray your crock pot with non-stick cooking spray for easier clean-up. I’m a huge fan of easy clean up after all!
Add all ingredients to the crockpot and give it all a good stir! Cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours.
Yup, that’s it. I told ya it was easy!
Serve alone or as part of an appetizer buffet with a variety of finger foods!
Tips & Variations
As I mentioned you can use your favorite homemade meatball recipe or frozen meatballs. Feel free to use pork, turkey, or beef meatballs.
You can also exchange the beer for bourbon or whiskey for a nice twist! And of course, you can use any kind of beer you would like! Just be sure it’s a beer you would drink.
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- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 jar chili sauce
- 1 bag frozen meatballs
- 1 bottle of beer
- Add all ingredients to a crockpot and give it a good stir.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 75Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 15gProtein: 0g
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What to do with leftover drunken chili meatballs?
Store leftover drunken meatballs in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4-5 days or as recommended by the USDA guidelines for storing leftovers.
Final Thoughts on Drunken Meatballs with Beer
Drunken Chili Meatballs are the perfect addition to any casual gathering. They bring a spicy kick with a hint of sweetness and a boozy twist that is sure to impress your guests. Plus, they are effortless to make! So why not spice up your next get-together with delicious drunken chili meatballs? Your taste buds (and your friends) will thank you! Cheers!