Drunken Chili Meatballs

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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Drunken chili meatballs on a plate filled with sauce.

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!

Plus it’s a super simple recipe since you make these in the crockpot, think dump, stir, and go! I can never resist a crockpot dump recipe!

They are perfect for any party you might have or to bring to a potluck!

A plateful of drunken meatballs with beer with toothpicks for serving.

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.

The 4 ingredients to make drunk meatballs.

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.

Adding the beer to the crockpot for drunken chili meatballs.

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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Yield: 12 Servings

Drunken Chili Meatballs Recipe

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Elevate your meatball game at your next party with Drunken Chili Meatballs!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 5 minutes


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 jar chili sauce
  • 1 bag frozen meatballs
  • 1 bottle of beer


  1. Add all ingredients to a crockpot and give it a good stir.
  2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.
  3. Enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


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.

What to serve with drunken chili meatballs?

These delicious meatballs make an excellent appetizer for your BBQ or game-day party! Serve alongside other great appetizers such as Queso Dip with Chorizo and chips or alongside one of these great charcuterie boards!

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!

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