Maple Meatballs

Here is a great recipe that could be used as a main dish or appetizer. It’s also a great dish for football season. This recipe for Maple Meatballs comes from Stephanie Ashcrafts cookbook 101 Things to Do with Meatballs. Stephanie is the one who also did the books 101 Things to Do With a Cake Mix. She shared this recipe a while back when she was on a local TV show called Studio 5. This recipe is yummy and easy. When I make this for a main dish recipe I make 1 1/2 recipes of the sauce and serve it over rice. YUM!

Maple Meatballs

1/2 cup real maple syrup
1/2 cup chili sauce
2 teaspoons dried chives (or 2 tablespoons fresh chives)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
26 (1 pound) frozen, fully cooked meatballs, thawed

In a saucepan, combine syrup, chili sauce, chives, soy sauce,and ground mustard. Bring to a low boil. Add meatballs and then return to a boil. Simmer over medium heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until meatballs are thoroughly heated. Serve as an appetizer with toothpicks or over hot cooked rice (I made 1 1/2 recipes of the sauce if I’m doing this). Makes 5-6 servings.

34 comments on “Maple Meatballs

  • This recipe for Maple Meatballs sounds so delicious I wan to cook them for a coed baby shower event in a week. For the sake of time, can anyone recommend a specific brand of frozen meatballs in lieu of homemade?

  • I made these over the holidays and they were all gone within 1/2 hour. Thanks for the recipe.

  • I made these today and they were a hit with the family. I am making more of these for a luncheon at the office and I was wondering if I should reheat in a crock pot or in the microwave? I read where it is not advisable to reheat in a crock pot due to temperatures, bacteria, etc… Any one have advice for silly me on how I should reheat at the office? I only have a microwave at the office, but I could take my pressure cooker/crock pot. Thanks.

  • I have been looking for a good meatball recipe and these sound delicious! I can’t wait to try them. Thank you for sharing this and I hope you have a very Happy New Year!

  • In the oriental section of your grocery store.

  • My husband made these yesterday for our Super Bowl party. HUGE HIT. So good! We just absolutely loved them! And they were very quick and easy! We used frozen meatballs, and yes my husband had a hard time finding chili sauce–not really sure exactly what that is. He did find it, it was more like salsa. Not sure if we used the right stuff. But they turned out GREAT!!!

  • Oh my! This sounds sooo good. I might add a generous shake of Tabasco. This would also be good with Lil’ Smokies instead of the usual chili sauce and grape jelly in a crock pot.

    • I just realized you posted this recipe last year! I found it in an email with appetizer recipes for New Years. I got it today from Food Now! It’s sent by Cooking Club of America.


  • Where do I find the chili sauce?? I see heinz mentioned so is it by the condiment stuff?

    • A blend of tomatoes, chiles, onions, peppers, vinegar, sugar and spices used as a condiment or seasoning.

      Sriracha is the generic name for a Southeast Asian hot sauce, named for the town of Si Racha. It is made from chile peppers, vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt.

      available year-round

      1 cup tomato sauce + 1/4 cup brown sugar + 2 tbsp vinegar + 1/4 tsp cinnamon + dash of ground cloves + dash of ground allspice = 1 cup chili sauce

  • I served these as a main course over rice. I was worried about my family liking it but they did! I would probably double the sauce next time instead of just 1 1/2.

    I can't wait to make these as an appetizer next time I need to bring something to a gathering. I always get stumped on what to bring and these will be great!

  • Those look awesome! I shall try the recipe using Trader Joes turkey balls….yum-ee

  • Those look awesome! I shall try the recipe using Trader Joes turkey balls….yum-ee

  • Great pic! Those look delicious!

  • Firewife, I don't have a meatball recipe that I like to use in place of frozen. I usually just buy the frozen when they go on sale for the same price as ground beef.

    • All ready cooked frozen meatballs have so many fillers in them, they taste like bad bread crumbs to me. Making your own is so much better and you can make them up ahead of time and freeze them too for when you need them. I would be happy to send you a recipe, contact me at These Maple Meatballs do look excellent, I would put them in a crock pot!

  • Laura, maple meatballs sounds great. It's like dipping saugages in pancake syrup…thanks

  • Do you have a meatball recipe, if you don't want to buy frozen? My favorite chili sauce is in a round jar with a white lid with black writing I have found it at Maceys.

  • Perfect football food, for sure! Do you buy the meatballs at Costco by chance? I swear I remember seeing them there–just wondering if they're good.

  • I usually just buy the store brand from my Walmart or Smith's which is comparable to heinz.

  • What kind of chili sauce do you use? There are a lot out there…

  • they look like something I could handle preparing & eating! :0

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