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Tender Frozen Meatballs in Crockpot

Fresh or frozen meatballs in Crockpot come out tender and delicious with your choice of sauce on top. Use as an appetizer or dinner idea with pasta.

frozen meatballs in crockpot

I am all about easy meals so these frozen meatballs in Crockpot are great for busy days we have often. Throwing a party? These are my go to appetizers too! Easy Crockpot recipes rock. (affiliate links present)

You can use your favorite sauce, but spaghetti sauce, teriyaki, or BBQ are the easiest. Cooking frozen meat isn’t as hard as you might think, this is a game changer y’all.

You literally throw it all in there, using frozen, plop the top on and walk away. In 6 hours they’re done to perfection and ready to enjoy.

Frozen Meatball Recipe

Let’s talk a little bit about slow cooking shall we?? First off I have a few different varieties and I love them all. Each one has an occasion to be used like….

  1. This is my favorite 6 quart programmable one with a locking lid so it’s great for bringing to a potluck too.
  2. I prefer not to use liners, but rather just spray olive oil inside before adding my food for easier cleanups.

Let me give you a peek of my pretty thang I bought recently. It goes with my kitchen so I can just leave it out on the countertop all the time. 😉


I always have a few bags of these in my freezer. They are inexpensive and SO versatile. Whether you’re making Crockpot spaghetti and meatballs, or just want to cook butter noodles on the side, it’s our go to meal.

Should I thaw meatballs before putting in Crockpot?

Nope, no reason for that. The ones you see here in the bag are cooked and them frozen.

It’s not like you have the risk of raw pork or beef in your slow cooker this way. Just throw them in rock hard (precooked) and cook.

How long do you cook already cooked meatballs in the Crockpot?

6 hours is the magic number. You can leave in for 8 as well and they’ll be just fine, less than that though and they won’t be as tender as you want.

Can you cook frozen meatballs from frozen?

Yep, we’re here to show you how in your Crockpot. If you want to cook Instant Pot frozen meatballs you can do that too.

Choose any brand you want, I just grab what is on sale. Then you can make all sorts of Crockpot appetizer meatballs with your favorite sauce(s).

crockpot frozen meatballs

What are the best frozen meatballs?

Nature’s Promise is quite popular, I buy Johnsonville quite often, and Amy’s meatless version is a good vegetarian option. If you prefer chicken or turkey I have seen those as well, depends on your preference.

Crockpot Frozen Meatballs

Why do I love this? Because it’s a cheap easy Crockpot meal for sure. The first time I made this, seen here, it was an experiment. I dumped in one bag with a jar of spaghetti sauce and turned it on low.

At hour 4 I checked, but it wasn’t quite there. Left alone for a few more hours and at hour 6 it was perfect. I left them on warm for another hour until dinnertime and paired them with butter egg noodles, our fave.

frozen meatballs in crockpot

You could use a variety of sauce options for this though. I will share a few different ones we’ve tried thus far.

  • You can use the sauce from our Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs recipe if you like those flavors.
  • Use 16 oz. of teriyaki sauce with a sprinkle of sesame seeds on top when done. Perfect appetizer.
  • Sweet Baby Ray barbecue sauce is an easy recipe
  • Whisk together a jar of grape jelly + chili sauce and pour that on top for Crockpot grape jelly meatballs.

This is what I used this time:

  1. Bag of frozen meatballs (could use 2)
  2. At least 16 oz. jar of pasta sauce

That is it!

crockpot meatballs

This is a quick step by step but there’s also a printable version in the recipe card below.

Time needed: 6 hours

Crockpot Frozen Meatballs

  1. Add ingredients

    Pour frozen meatballs in slow cooker. Add your jar of spaghetti sauce, bbq sauce, or other sauce over the top so they’re all coated.

  2. Cook

    Put lid on and set to slow cook on low for at least 6 hours to get really tender. Could push it to 8 hours. If serving to a crowd, turn to warm after 8 hours.

    I wouldn’t recommend to cook on high but if you’re in a hurry you could. 4 hours on high should be sufficient.

Then have long toothpicks available next to your meatballs and sauce if people are snacking all day long.

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Frozen Meatball Crock Pot Recipe

If you have a signature sauce you love, use that of course. It is a great recipe that’s really versatile depending on your tastebuds.

What pairs well with meatballs?

We like them served on a bed of white rice, or brown rice. That makes for a really inexpensive meal packed with protein.

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Crockpot Meatballs

If you want to make a batch of homemade basic meatballs you can do that too. You’ll need to bake them beforehand, then add them with sauce and keep on low for just a few hours to warm.

Since you aren’t cooking them in this case, there’s less slow cooker cook time but a lot more prep. For a super FAST way to go, follow our frozen meatballs in air fryer directions.

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Looking for other party pleasing dishes? I’d try our Crockpot baked beans! Made with bacon and brown sugar, it is savory and sweet all at the same time.

Throwing a Christmas brunch? Make a pot of our slow cooker cheesy potatoes with pull apart smoked bread too.

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How long to cook frozen meatballs in Crockpot

We can help you right here below. Print it out and keep handy or just come back and visit us every time you want to make a batch.

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5 from 3 votes

Frozen Meatballs in Crockopot

Fresh or frozen meatballs in Crockpot come out tender and delicious with your choice of sauce on top. Use as an appetizer or dinner idea with pasta.
Course Appetizer, Entree
Cuisine Italian
Keyword crockpot, frozen, meatballs, slow cooker
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings 12
Calories 163kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • 1-2 bag meatballs frozen (I used 1 bag of 28 but could use 2 bags of small meatballs)
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce 15.5 oz at least


  • Pour frozen meatballs in slow cooker.
  • Pour jar of spaghetti sauce over the top so they're all coated. You could alternatively use 16 oz. of bbq sauce if you prefer.
  • Put lid on and set to low for at least 6 hours to get really tender, could push it to 8. If serving to a crowd, turn to warm after 8 max hours on low.


Nutrition Facts
Frozen Meatballs in Crockopot
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 163 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 329mg14%
Potassium 350mg10%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 245IU5%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
5 from 3 votes (2 ratings without comment)
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Saturday 26th of February 2022

Thank you so much for your help. I'm sorta new at cooking. Lol, I definitely will be looking out for more of your advice.

The Typical Mom

Sunday 27th of February 2022

Glad I could help

Laurie M Miller

Friday 24th of December 2021



Thursday 10th of June 2021

My mom has been looking for more crockpot ideas since it's so hot so hot out! I'm going to send her this one!

The Typical Mom

Saturday 12th of June 2021



Wednesday 13th of January 2021

My family's 'go-to' party pleaser has long been the chili sauce/jelly cocktail meatballs. Everyone ALWAYS raves over them and I've been fine with allowing folks to think I slaved over them. I have experimented with different jelly flavors, I add a dash of red cooking wine or a dash of Worcestershire and alway add a small can of pineapple tidbits WITH their juice. Last night I tossed 2 bags of frozen meatballs and just the chili sauce into the crock pot and put it on low, meaning to add jelly etc after folding a load of laundry. Its 14 hours later now!! I forgot ALL about them. Are they still good???

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