Instant Pot Sweet and Tangy Meatballs

Super delicious and an easy quick dinner that you can throw together and have it ready in less than a half-hour. This Instant Pot sweet and tangy meatballs recipe is a simple go-to recipe!

Let’s be honest, sometimes at the end of the day, you don’t even want to cook dinner. (WHAT?) I know it’s shocking! But, with this Instant Pot grape jelly recipe doesn’t really even feel like you’re cooking! 

All you have to do is dump everything in the Instant Pot, stir it up, turn it on and let it go, essentially. So make sure to save this recipe and have it in your back pocket to pull it out when you’re exhausted and you will still have a tasty meal with little to no effort. 

Even better yet, my kids LOVE these meatballs. When I have to try and convince my kids to eat the meal, it is sometimes even more exhausting than making the meal, but not with these Instant Pot meatballs!

We have so many easy and kid-friendly recipes that we LOVE to make and the kids eat without complaining! Talk about a win! Some of my favorites are our Instant Pot mac and cheese, Instant Pot Hawaiian BBQ chicken, and the tasty Instant Pot lasagna soup!

Need an Instant Pot dessert? Instant Pot Chocolate Fondue is our favorite!


Here is exactly what you need to make Instant Pot meatballs!

Instant Pot recipes ingredients:

  1. Jar of chili sauce
  2. Jar of grape jelly
  3. Water
  4. Package of frozen meatballs

Chili sauce can be found on the condiments aisle of our grocery store, usually really close to the ketchup. You can also get it on Amazon.

Here is what you will need to make the Instant pot frozen meatballs and grape jelly:

  • Instant Pot (I like THIS one)
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • Toothpicks (optional)

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Time to prepare the Instant Pot Sweet and Tangy Meatballs:

To begin making dinner, get your Instant Pot out and plugged in.

Pour all of the contents into the Instant Pot. Then, combine the jar of grape jelly, a jar of chili sauce, and the water. making sure to mix it together well until the mixture is smooth.

Whisk it together well until the mixture is smooth.

Next, add in the meatballs and mix them together with the jelly mixture. Make sure that all of the meatballs are covered with the sauce.

Then, put the lid on top of the Instant Pot and turn the knob to the “SEALING” position and press “MANUAL”, setting the timer for 7 minutes and then let the Instant Pot do its thing!

Once the timer runs out, do a quick release by turning the knob to the “VENTING” position immediately. Then, let the meatballs cool down a little bit. 

After they have cooled a bit, you can serve them over rice or with toothpicks if you are using them as an appetizer. 

If you do choose to serve the meatballs over rice, check out this simple recipe for perfect white rice by Martha Stewart.


  • This is one of our favorite appetizers to serve and share at parties or get-togethers. Just place some toothpicks by the serving bowl and let guests grab their own.
  • We also have made this a main dish by serving it over rice – our kids loved it!
  • If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you can also make these in your slow cooker with the recipe HERE.


To make this a quick and easy freezer meal: In a bowl, combine chili sauce and grape jelly until smooth. Place the meatballs in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Then, pour in the chili sauce mixture and mix it all together in the bag until thoroughly combined. Then, simply close the Ziploc bag and place it in the freezer for up to 60 days.

When you’re ready to eat the meatballs, remove them from the freezer and thaw them in the fridge for 24 hours. Add the ingredients of the Ziploc bag to Instant Pot and follow the cooking instructions in the recipe. 

Related Recipe: How to make Homemade Strawberry Jam in the Instant Pot (only 30 minutes from start to finish!)


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Serves: 8

Instant Pot Sweet and Tangy Meatballs

5 minPrep Time

12 minCook Time

17 minTotal Time

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  • 1 (12 ounce) jar chili sauce
  • 1 (16-18 ounce) jar grape jelly
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 (2 pound) package frozen meatballs


  1. Combine chili sauce, jelly, and water in the Instant Pot and stir or whisk until smooth.
  2. Add meatballs and mix well.
  3. Push manual or pressure cook and set the timer for 7 minutes.
  4. Once it is done, quick release and let cool a little bit.
  5. Serve over rice or with toothpicks.


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