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December 26, 2023

Easy Fig Jam Meatballs

Jelly meatballs are an easy appetizer, and we’ve made this classic recipe using fig jam. Easy fig jam meatballs are a great way to feed a crowd during the holidays.

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fig jam meatballs in a bowl made with fig jam, chili sauce and orange juice topped with orange zest
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Ingredients For Meatballs With Fig Sauce

  • 1 jar fig jam (we like Bonne Maman)

  • 1 jar Heinz chili sauce

  • Fresh orange juice (from 1 orange)

  • 1 bag frozen chicken, beef, or pork meatballs

  • Orange zest, for serving

meatballs being stirred with fig jam, chili sauce and orange juice in a slow cooker
fig jam meatballs made with fig jam, chili sauce and orange juice

How To Make The Best Party Meatballs

  1. Plug in your slow cooker.

  2. Combine the fig jam, chili sauce, and orange juice in the slow cooker.

  3. Add the meatballs and toss to coat. Cook on LOW for 4 hours, or until warmed through.

  4. Top meatballs with orange zest and serve them directly from the slow cooker or arrange them on a plate with toothpicks.

fig jam meatballs in a serving bowl made with fig jam, chili sauce and orange juice topped with orange zest

How to Store Fig Meatballs + Tips

  • Leftover meatballs are best eaten within 3-4 days. They can be frozen for up to three months.

  • Add leftovers as a sub in for the protein in a grain bowl, like our Gyro Bowl.

  • You can go the extra mile and make your own meatballs instead of using frozen. Check out our Best Meatball Recipes for all of our tips and tricks.

fig jam meatballs in a serving bowl, made with fig jam, chili sauce and orange juice topped with orange zest

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Easy Fig Jam Meatballs

  • Serves: 12
  • Prep Time:  5 min
  • Cook Time:  4 hrs
  • Calories: 277

Ingredients

  • 1 (13-ounce) jar fig jam (we like Bonne Maman)
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar Heinz chili sauce
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice (from 1 orange)
  • 1 (28-ounce) bag frozen chicken, beef, or pork meatballs
  • Orange zest, for serving

Method

  1. In the base of a slow cooker, combine the fig jam, chili sauce, and orange juice. Add the meatballs to the slow cooker and toss to coat. Cook on LOW for 4 hours, or until warmed through.

  2. Top meatballs with orange zest and serve them directly from the slow cooker or arrange them on a plate with toothpicks.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories277
  • Protein14 g
  • Carbohydrates14 g
  • Total Fat10 g
  • Dietary Fiber0 g
  • Cholesterol73 mg
  • sodium679 mg
  • Total Sugars26 g

Easy Fig Jam Meatballs

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  • Judy Penner

    Would it be possible to get instructions for making this NOT using a slow cooker please?

    In a medium pot combine the fig jam, chili sauce, and orange juice. Cook the meatballs according to the package directions. Maybe microwave or oven...just heat them through. Then just toss the heated sauce with the meatballs until coated. Top meatballs with orange zest serve or arrange them on a plate with toothpicks.

  • Nina Glickman

    What can you use in place of Heinz chili sauce?

    The same amount of ketchup mixed with a very small amount of sriracha or chili sauce maybe 1 teaspoon.

  • Stella

    Made these for a party and got so many compliments. I love when you ladies make me look like a good cook!

    Thanks Stella, so happy we can help! Glad you enjoyed these, happy new year!