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Crockpot Meatballs in the slow cooker with sauce

Cheesy Crockpot Meatballs

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 40 minutes
  • Yield: 60 meatballs 1x
  • Category: Meatballs
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Dinner


These easy CHEESY Meatballs are perfect for a weeknight meal, a casual get-together, or game day! They can be made in the slow cooker OR on the stove top!


  • 1 pound ground breakfast sausage (like Jimmy Dean)
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 sleeve round butter crackers (like Ritz), crushed (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 (1- ounce) package dry onion soup mix
  • 8– ounces cold Velveeta cheese, grated
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 (10.75- ounces) condensed tomato soup
  • 1 cup water


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a very large baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. Coat lightly with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl using your hands combine the sausage, ground beef, egg, heavy cream, crushed crackers, onion soup mix, and grated Velveeta. Don’t over-mix, but make sure all the ingredients are mixed evenly. Form into 1- inch meatballs and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 15- 20 minutes until the meatballs are lightly browned and almost cooked through.
  4. While the meatballs are cooking stir together the brown sugar, chili powder, tomato soup, and water in your 6- quart slow cooker.
  5. When the meatballs are done cooking, transfer them from the baking sheet into the slow cooker. Stir gently to coat in the sauce. Cook on high heat for 4 hours.


Store airtight in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If you would like to make these on the stove top, follow steps 1-4, but instead of the slow cooker, mix the sauce in a large Dutch oven and heat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Transfer the meatballs into the Dutch Oven and cook on medium-low heat for 45 minutes until the meatballs are completely cooked through.


  • Serving Size: 3 meatballs
  • Calories: 186
  • Sugar: 11.2 g
  • Sodium: 283.6 mg
  • Fat: 7.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14 g
  • Protein: 14.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 57.5 mg

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