One of my favorite go-to meals in the ‘old’ days was throwing frozen meatballs into a crockpot with grape jelly and chili sauce. Tasty. Easy. And filled with so much crap i don’t even know where to begin. So my task this week was recreating that delicious (awful) meal while making it more paleo friendly and a lot more nutritionally sound.
Little known secret, this is also a copycat of the recipe found on the back of the chili sauce bottle around the holidays – my friend Blair made these meatballs back when we lived in Little Rock and I quickly fell in love. This was the last official thing I ate before giving birth to my first baby so I always make them for friends who are hoping to induce labor. So far my track record has not been great in actual induction, but at least my “ready-to-pop” friends have been well fed.
When I went grain free I really had a craving for these meatballs and had to figure out a better way. This version is still a family favorite and now with my Instant Pot, they can be on the table in under an hour, start to finish!
- 1 pound organic ground beef (grass fed)
- 5 tablespoons 100% fruit-sweetened grape jelly
- 1/2 cup organic chili sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground garlic salt
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup arrowroot or tapioca flour
- preheat oven to 350
- combine beef, pepper, garlic salt, egg, and tapioca starch in a bowl
- make golf ball sized meatballs with mixture and place on baking sheet
- bake for 20-30 minutes or until browned
- transfer meatballs to crockpot and add chili sauce, grape jelly, chili powder and paprika
- cook on low for 2-4 hours, checking periodically. do not overcook or meatballs and sauce will burn
- serve with your favorite greens or over rice if you eat grain
- NOTE: If using your Instant Pot, there is no need to bake the meatballs in advance. Assemble and form the meatballs, put the jelly, chili sauce, paprika and chili powder in the bottom of your Instant Pot, then cook on LOW PRESSURE (manual setting) for 30 minutes. They were well-formed, tender, and cooked to perfection!!!