Slow Cooker Spicy Meatballs

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4 from 3 votes
These Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs in Spicy Tomato Sauce are one of the best crock pot recipes!
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 7 hours
Total: 7 hours 20 minutes

These Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs in Spicy Tomato Sauce are one of the best crock pot recipes!

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Hi! This is Clare from Happy-Eater.com, and I’ll be swinging by here about once a month to share some fantastic recipes with you! Today’s post is my husband’s favorite: Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs in Spicy Tomato Sauce.

Throughout my cooking trials with meatballs, I’ve discovered that crowd favorites always involve a combination of ground beef and Italian sausage. And even though this is technically a slow cooker recipe, you could adapt it for the oven (400 for about 20 minutes). However, to get the most out of the combination of meat, vegetables, herbs, and spices, the slow cooker is the way to go!

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This recipe is both grain and dairy free, and it is packed with veggies and herbs! For more dairy and grain free recipes, you can visit my Recipes page!

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You can serve the meatballs over pasta, or if you want to keep the whole recipe grain-free, serve over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash!

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Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs in Spicy Tomato Sauce

Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs in Spicy Tomato Sauce

4 from 3 votes
These Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs in Spicy Tomato Sauce are one of the best crock pot recipes!
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Servings: 5 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

Meatballs:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb mild Italian sausage
  • 4 cloves garlic finely diced
  • 1/2 red onion finely diced
  • 1/2 carrot shredded
  • 1 celery stalk shredded (I use a food processor to shred.)
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup almond flour almond meal
  • 3 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Spicy Tomato Sauce:

  • 1 15 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • dash of salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Mix ground beef and sausage into a large mixing bowl. (When it comes to ground meat, using your hands is honestly the best way to mix well!)
  • In a separate small bowl, combine all the remaining ingredients EXCEPT for the eggs. Mix thoroughly.
  • Add contents of the small bowl into the large mixing bowl. Mix well.
  • Add eggs and continue to mix, and don't be afraid to use your hands.
  • Roll mixture into meatballs, about two tablespoons each, and place at the bottom of your slow cooker.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine all tomato sauce ingredients together and mix well.
  • Pour tomato sauce on top of meatballs in the slow cooker.
  • Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours. (My slow cooker cooks a little too quickly, so if yours is like mine, then I'd cut the time down to 3.5 hours on high and 6-7 hours on low.
  • Serve over pasta, zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, or a salad!

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 705kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 198mg | Sodium: 1440mg | Potassium: 971mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2305IU | Vitamin C: 14.4mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 6.1mg

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1 thought on “Slow Cooker Spicy Meatballs”

  1. 3 stars
    First off this is a great meatball. Made these for a party this New Years and they were a hit. They tasted great! I will defiantly make them again. My only criticism is the instructions and the ingredient list. In my opinion I would have put the total ingredient list together in one list to make shopping for everything easier. Next is the instructions. I made this twice, first time I completely screwed it up while reading the instructions the first time. Instruction 2 says mix all ingredients, which I did, all the other ingredients for meatballs and sauce except eggs. Not realizing 4 more instructions down is the sauce recipe instructions. Shame on me for not reading all instructions first then making the meatballs. It would be clearer if there were two sets of instructions split into Meatballs and then sauce to clearly define the ingredient mixture process. Like below.

    Meatball Instructions
    1. Mix ground beef and sausage into a large mixing bowl. (When it comes to ground meat, using your hands is honestly the best way to mix well!)
    2. In a separate small bowl, combine all the remaining Meatball ingredients EXCEPT for the eggs. Mix thoroughly.
    3. Add contents of the small bowl into the large mixing bowl. Mix well.
    4. Add eggs and continue to mix, and don’t be afraid to use your hands.
    5. Roll mixture into meatballs, about two tablespoons each, and place at the bottom of your slow cooker.

    Sauce Instructions
    1. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine all tomato sauce ingredients together and mix well.
    2. Pour tomato sauce on top of meatballs in the slow cooker.
    3. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours. (My slow cooker cooks a little too quickly, so if yours is like mine, then I’d cut the time down to 3.5 hours on high and 6-7 hours on low.
    4. Serve over pasta, zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, or a salad!

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