Nothing beats a delicious meal together with the whole family. It’s priceless! All the more if you prepare frozen meatballs crockpot meals. It will surely be a delight.
As a mom and a wife, one of the things I love to do for my family is to cook or bake their favorite dishes and goodies. Cooking and baking are just some of the ways I show them how much I care and love them. For me, making sure that my family’s tummy is always happy is my everyday goal. If my family is happy with my cooking, then I am all the happier.
One of my family’s favorite dishes is frozen meatballs crockpot. In fact, I experiment with different meatball recipes I found either in the cookbook or over the internet, and then cook it using a crockpot.
What is a crockpot?
For those who are not familiar with what a crockpot is, basically, it is the name of a brand that was launched in the 1970s. The crockpot has a stoneware pot that is surrounded by a heating element. Some people thought crockpot and a slow cooker are the same.
Although it serves almost the same purpose, a slow cooker is just a usual metal pot that sits on top of a heated surface. Also, while crockpot pertains to the brand, a slow cooker basically refers to the type of appliance being used. To simply put it, a crockpot is a type of slow cooker, however, not all slow cookers are crockpots. Did you get that?
Interestingly, I found out that the product was registered under the trade name of “Crock-pot.” Crock-pot was eventually being sold under the Rival brand name. Over time though, the word “crockpot” has become a generic term, which pertains to any type of slow cooker.
Anyway, apart from cooking frozen meatballs, personally, I also use the crockpot in cooking stews, pot roasts, soups, and more especially during fall or winter season.
What is the best crockpot brand?
Before I share with you some of the best frozen meatballs crockpot recipes I know, I just thought you may want to know about the best crockpot brand out there – just in case you are interested to get one for yourself. Just a disclaimer, this is an unpaid post, and I am just sharing based on reviews.
Now, as I have mentioned, over the years, crockpot has eventually been used generically to pertain to slow cookers.
There are different brands available in the market to choose from. While they are all crockpots, they differ in terms of functionality and style. Here are some of them:
– Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Slow Cooker
This is probably the best crockpot available in the market today. It’s very versatile and in fact, it can replace a number of usual kitchen appliances you use on a day to day basis. While it is a slow cooker, it can also be used as a rice cooker, a yogurt maker, as well as a pressure cooker.
Unlike other brands, this Instant Pot DUO60 is highly programmable and comes with various features that moms like us will surely love. Some of its amazing features include a LED panel, an automatic keep warm, as well as a delayed start for up to 24 hours.
This one comes in three different sizes, which makes it even more appealing to many, especially among moms. There is a size that fits depending on your lifestyle.
The Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Slow Cooker is sold at $99.95 on Amazon.
– Crock-pot SCCPVL619-S-A 6-Quart Metallic Cooker
If you have never had any slow cooker in the past, this one’s a perfect choice for you. This model is a large 6-quart slow cooker that suits large or big families. It is also best for cooking in bulk, as well as making food for parties, and meal preparations.
This model’s key features include three manual control settings, easy-grip handles, Little Dipper Warmer, as well as a hinged lid to lock on top of a slow cooker.
This unit sells at $69.99 on Amazon.
– Crock-Pot 2-QT Round Manual Slow Cooker
What’s nice about this one is that it’s very cheap compared to other crockpots in the market. In fact, it only costs $17.99 on Amazon. But though it’s cheap, it comes still with amazing features as it comes with small 2-quart size, it’s dishwasher safe stoneware insert, it comes with three cook settings, which is high, low, and warm, and it comes with a see0through glass lid.
– Hamilton Beach (33969A) Slow Cooker
If you are looking for a full-featured slow cooker, then this Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker is perfect for you. It comes with a 6-quart slow cooker with a clip-tight gasket, which makes it a lot easier to bring meals to potlucks or parties.
This model comes with key features including a temperature probe to check meat temperature, locking lid, programmable time, as well as dish washable insert and lid.
Unlike other brands, it’s a little cheaper at $49.99 on Amazon.
Who should buy a crockpot?
Personally, I believe a crockpot is one a household essential regardless if you are cooking little or you love cooking like me. Also, it is an amazing tool for people especially moms who are not that confident yet with their cooking skills. With a crockpot, you can just throw in a few ingredients, program it, and you’re done. All you have to do is wait until the food is ready.
It is also great for people who love cooking – Basically, you can cook almost anything using a crockpot. As I have mentioned earlier, my family’s favorite is cooking different kinds of frozen meatballs crockpot recipes.
Frozen Meatballs Crockpot Recipes
There are different frozen meatballs crockpot recipes available out there, what I am going to share with you are just some of our favorite variations.
Frozen Meatballs in a Crock-Pot
Source: Working Mother
1½ pounds frozen meatballs
1 24-ounce jar of marinara sauce
¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tablespoon dried oregano
- Place the frozen meatballs, sauce and dried oregano in the pot of the Crock-Pot. Stir to coat the meatballs with the sauce.
- Cook on low for about 2 1/2 hours, or on high for 4 hours.
- Add the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, and cook on low for another 10 to 15 minutes.
- Serve over cooked spaghetti, or use as the filling for hoagies.
- Cocktail version: Place the meatballs in a Crock-Pot with 1/2 cup of grape jelly, 1/4 cup of ketchup, 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, 2 tablespoons mustard, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce. Stir to incorporate, and cook as directed above. Serve with rice or as an appetizer on toothpicks.
Barbecue version: Instead of marinara sauce, cook the meatballs in 2 to 3 cups of bottled barbecue sauce. Eliminate the oregano, and use cheddar cheese instead of mozzarella. Cook for 4 to 5 hours on low or 2 to 3 hours on high. Serve on buns for a tasty sandwich or alongside baked potatoes and steamed corn on the cob.
Pineapple barbecue version: Place the meatballs in the pot of the Crock-Pot with 2 cups of bottled barbecue sauce. Stir in a 20-ounce can of pineapple chunks with their juice and 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Cook for 2 to 3 hours on high or 4 to 5 hours on low. They’re perfect served with sticky white rice and steamed broccoli.
Tip: To add fresh flavors to the finished meatballs, top with chopped fresh herbs. Try basil for the Italian version, parsley for the cocktail recipe and cilantro for the barbecued meatballs.
Honey Garlic Crockpot Meatballs
Source: Family Fresh Meals
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup ketchup
2 TB soy sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28oz) bag fully cooked, frozen meatballs
- In a medium bowl, mix together brown sugar, honey, ketchup, soy sauce, and garlic.
- Honey Garlic Meatballs – sauce and seasonings in a mixing bowl
- Place frozen meatballs in a 3-4 quart crockpot and pour the sauce over meatballs. Stir so all meatballs are coated evenly. Cook on LOW for 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
Crockpot Meatball Hoagies
Source: The Spruce Eats
40 meatballs (frozen fully cooked)
1 jar/26-ounces marinara sauce (or pasta sauce)
1 onion (chopped)
6 slices cheese (Muenster, or 1-1/2 cups shredded)
6 buns (hoagie, toasted)
- Combine the frozen meatballs, pasta sauce, and onion in a 3 to 4-quart slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on low heat for 4 to 6 hours, until the onion is tender and the meatballs are thoroughly heated to 160 F.
- Place the meatballs in the toasted hoagie buns and top with cheese.
- At this point, you can let the cheese melt on the hot meatballs and sauce, or place them under the broiler for a few minutes to melt and brown the cheese.
Crockpot Baked Beans and Meatballs
Source: The Spruce Eats
1 onion (chopped)
1/3 cup wild rice (rinsed)
2 (28-ounce) cans baked beans
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup mustard
1 (16-ounce) package frozen wild rice meatballs
1/2 cup water or beef broth
- Gather the ingredients.
- Combine all ingredients in 4 to 5-quart crockpot and mix gently to combine. Make sure wild rice is covered with liquid.
- Cover and cook on low for 6 to 9 hours or until wild rice is tender but firm and meatballs are hot.
Crockpot Tex Mex Meatballs
Source: The Spruce Meatballs
1 onion (chopped)
3 cloves garlic (minced)
1 (1-pound) package frozen pre-cooked meatballs
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes (undrained)
1 cup chili sauce or enchilada sauce
1/4 cup beef broth
1 (4-ounce) can of chopped green chiles (undrained)
1 (1-pound) loaf spicy processed cheese (cubed)
- Place onion and garlic in a 4-quart slow cooker. Top with meatballs.
- In a medium bowl, combine chili sauce, beef broth, and chiles; mix well and pour over meatballs in crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours until meatballs are hot and tender.
- Stir in processed cheese; cover and cook on low for 20 to 30 minutes until cheese is melted. Stir to blend and serve.
- If you have a new hot crockpot, cook on low for 4 to 5 hours until meatballs are hot and tender.
Homemade Freezer Meatballs
Source: Take Two Tapas
2 pounds ground beef (93/7)
2 pounds ground pork
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon rosemary
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon oregano
Prepare The Meatball Mixture
- In a large bowl, gently combine the ground pork and ground beef.
- Add the eggs and breadcrumbs.
- Add the seasonings.
- Gently combine until mixed.
Bake and Store the Meatballs
- Scoop into 1-inch balls.
- Place on a baking sheet (with a rim).
- Bake at 425F for 5 minutes.
- Reduce temperature to 325F and cook for 20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165F.
- Remove from the oven and let cool.
- When the meatballs are cooled, portion out to recipes and freeze for up to 3 months.
- Enjoy these homemade meatballs anytime you want to make crockpot party meatballs!
Easy Crockpot Appetizer – Crockpot BBQ Grape Jelly Meatballs
Source: Taste and Tell Blog
1 cup grape jelly
2 cups prepared barbecue sauce
2 lb. frozen meatballs
- Combine the jelly and barbecue sauce in a slow cooker. Stir to combine.
- Add the meatballs and stir to coat the meatballs. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for 3 1/2 hours, stirring once or twice during the cooking time.
- Serve warm.
- Alternately, you can bake these in the oven at 350ºF for one hour.
Crock-Pot Sweet and Spicy Meatballs
Source: The Spruce Eats
2 pounds precooked frozen meatballs or your own homemade meatballs
1 cup grape or apple jelly
2 cups chili sauce or cocktail sauce
- Gather the ingredients.
- Heat meatballs in the oven as directed on package.
- Place in 3 to 4-quart crockpot.
- Mix jelly and chili sauce or cocktail sauce thoroughly in a small bowl, pour over meatballs and stir well.
- Cover crockpot and heat on high 1 to 2 hours until sauce is hot. Turn heat to low until ready to serve, stirring occasionally. Keep the slow cooker on “keep warm” setting, stirring occasionally, as your guests dive in.
Homemade Frozen Meatballs
Source: Recipes That Rock
3 pounds ground beef
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 cup milk
1 egg (Beaten)
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup dried minced onion
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 cloves garlic (Minced, or 3/4 tsp Freeze Dried Garlic)
- Mix all ingredients until blended very well.
- Form into small balls (use a cookie scoop for uniform portions). Should make about 8 dozen meatballs.
- Place on lined ungreased cookie sheets and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.
- Cool meatballs and then freeze in a single layer until frozen.
- Transfer meatballs to freezer bag and store in the freezer for future use.
- Use meatballs like you would store-bought freezer meatballs.
Crock Pot Cranberry Meatballs
Source: Spice Southern Kitchen
1 (12-ounce) jar chili sauce
1 (12 ounces) can jellied cranberry sauce
1 (10.5-ounce) jar Red Pepper Jelly, I use Braswell’s
2 tablespoons brown sugar
few shakes hot sauce
1 (32-ounce) bag Farm Rich Frozen Meatballs
- Mix all ingredients except for meatballs in crockpot.
- Add meatballs and stir to coat them well. Put in the crockpot on LOW for 6-8 hours or HIGH for 2-2 1/2 hours.
Instant Pot Frozen Meatballs
Source: My Stay At Home Adventures
1 – 2 lbs of cooked frozen meatballs
1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
½ to 1 cup of water
- Add the water first to your Instant Pot liner.
- Add the frozen meatballs next.
- Next, add the sauce.
- Close the Instant Pot lid, set the knob to Sealing.
- Press Manual / Pressure Cook for 4 minutes.
- Quick Release or allow to Natural Release after 4 minutes.
Appetizer Meatballs (Frozen Meatballs)
Source: My Recipes
2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 dash garlic powder
1 dash cayenne pepper
1 32-ounce package frozen fully cooked homestyle meatballs
- In a Dutch oven, combine the first nine ingredients. Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, thaw meatballs in microwave according to package directions.
- Stir into sauce; heat through.
Sweet and Sour Crockpot Meatballs
Source: Living Well
3 12 ounce bottles chili sauce
1 32 ounces jar of grape jelly
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 6 pound bag of frozen meatballs
- Add chili sauce, grape jelly, Worcestershire sauce, & pepper to cold crockpot.
- Whisk the mixture until smooth.
- Pour in frozen meatballs and gently stir until all meatballs are coated in sauce.
- Turn crockpot on low for 6-7 hours or high for 3-4 hours. (We prefer the low heat longer cooking option!) Be sure to stir meatballs occasionally, if possible.
- Serve with toothpicks and watch them disappear!
You see, by having a crockpot, you can do so much! You can experiment or try on different variations of your favorite dishes, in this case, a family favorite – the frozen meatballs crockpot.
I hope you will these recipes as much as we do!