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.
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….
- This is my favorite 6 quart programmable one with a locking lid so it’s great for bringing to a potluck too.
- If you just want to serve a few appetizers you should get this one that sit side by side one another.
- 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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:
- Bag of frozen meatballs (could use 2)
- At least 16 oz. jar of pasta sauce
That is it!
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
- 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.
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.
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?
- If you’re having a party, another appetizer can be sliders using our Crockpot frozen chuck roast recipe.
- Our go to is pasta, there are tons of choices when it comes to that.
- You can throw them inside Instant Pot spaghetti if you would rather serve them separately.
- Serve some air fryer corn on the cob next to it, or opt for slow cooker mashed potatoes.
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.
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.
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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.
Frozen Meatballs in Crockopot
- 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.