The humble Crockpot meatball can really bring people together: From bridal showers to game days, the dish always seems to be present at our most important life events. Why worry about the football rivalry when comfort food is on the line? Cooked low and slow in a crockpot, meatballs are a simple dish to make in big batches. This crowd-pleaser food is easy to make when time’s on your side. There’s no need for a fancy presentation. Crockpot meatballs are no frills but all thrills for your taste buds.
Whether your palate favors sweet, spicy, or savory, there’s a meatball for every mood. To prove our point, we’ve found the best crockpot meatball recipes out there. From the traditional Swedish to spicy sriracha, healthy kale turkey or even a buffalo-flavored variety, we’ve found the meatball that’s right for you. Assemble your crew, and plug in the slow cooker. Meatballs are definitely on the menu.
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
These Paleo buffalo chicken meatballs from Root + Revel are gluten-free, dairy-free, and low carb. The key? Blogger Kate Kordsmeier says not to advertise they’re healthy because they’re so good no one will know the difference. The finely diced jalapeño pepper gives these meatballs a subtle but much-welcomed kick.
Cancel that trip to IKEA because this homemade Swedish meatball recipe from Carlsbad Cravings will change your perception of the dish with their juiciness and flavor. Throw in the homemade gravy and your guests will be in heaven. Even though meatballs are generally considered quite heavy, there's something light and satisfying about this recipe.
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
These Asian-influenced meatballs from Chelsea’s Messy Apron are a delightful blend of complex flavors. The sauce starts with bell peppers and the traditional components of sweet and sour sauce. Chelsea claims that the addition of mandarin oranges adds extra zest to this dish.
Whenever you're cooking meatballs—no matter which kind—be sure not to over-mix the ingredients when you're mixing them. This can cause the meatballs to break apart when they're cooking and lose their tenderness.
No, porcupine meatballs don’t contain porcupine! They’re stuffed with rice so, in the end, they can sometimes look like the spiky creatures. Flavorful and tender, these meatballs from Chelsea’s Messy Apron are served in a tomato-based sauce over rice.
Kale and Turkey Meatball Soup
These aren’t quite meatballs you serve with a toothpick, but they’re worth including. This kale and turkey meatball soup recipe from Foodie Crush is a healthy alternative to Italian wedding soup. Make it ahead in the slow-cooker and reap the rewards of extra time and leftovers.
Described as “little flavor bombs,” these sriracha meatballs from Foodie Crush take pork meatballs flavored with soy sauce, green onion, garlic, and cilantro and cover them with a Sriracha-based sauce. This savory alternative to the traditional jelly-based sauces will have people asking for the recipe. While perfect on their own, the blog says you can easily serve them alongside a salad, rice, soba noodles, or pickled cucumbers.