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Spicy Cranberry meatball in a wooden spoon.
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Spicy Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs

These Spicy Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs are a fun twist on the classic appetizer. They're perfect for holiday parties or any gathering that requires finger food! If you want to kick up the heat, add some red habanero sauce from El Yucateco.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizers, entertaining
Servings: 36 meatballs
Calories: 126cal
Author: Amy Desrosiers
Cost: $12


  • oven (adjusted to the center rack position)
  • Stovetop
  • large mixing bowl
  • Measuring Cups & spoons
  • tablespoon scoop
  • Wooden Spoon
  • large skillet
  • Large Baking Sheet
  • parchment paper



  • 1 1/4 pounds ground beef
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground pork
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs I used day old fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons Worchestshire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon El Yucateco® Chile Habanero Hot Sauce

Spicy Cranberry Sauce

  • 14 ounces jellied cranberry sauce
  • 12 ounces chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon  El Yucateco® Chili Habanero Hot Sauce


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • With clean or gloved hands, combine the ground beef, pork, hot sauce, breadcrumbs, egg, spices, onion, and Worchestshire.
  • Form tablespoon-sized meatballs and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake meatballs for 20 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  • As meatballs bake, prepare sauce ingredients in a large skillet. Heat the hot sauce, cranberry sauce, and sweet chili until melted.
  • Once meatballs are baked, place them in the skillet and simmer on low heat for 30 mins. Additionally, (once baked) these can be cooked on low heat in the slow cooker for an hour. Keep them on warm for anything past that.


Nutritional values may vary and are meant to be a guide.


Calories: 126cal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 236mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg