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Chipotle Cherry Coke Turkey Meatballs

These Chipotle Cherry Coke Turkey Meatballs are the perfect mix of sweet and savory and make the perfect game-day party appetizer!
Course: Appetizers
Author: Kristi

Ingredients

Sauce

  • 2 12-ounce cans Coca-Cola Cherry Coke
  • 1 and 1/2 cups mild chili sauce*
  • 3 tablespoons chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce finely chopped

Meatballs

  • 1 32-ounce package frozen Italian-Style Turkey Meatballs**

Instructions

Crockpot Method (4+ Hours Cooking Time)

  • Mix Coca-Cola Cherry Coke, mild chili sauce and chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce in a medium-size bowl and whisk until all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
  • Turn the slow cooker on high and set for 4 hours.
  • Pour sauce into the crockpot, then add meatballs. Cover and let cook for 4+ hours. Remove lid and serve.

Stovetop Method (15-20 Minutes Cooking Time)

  • Mix Coca-Cola Cherry Coke, mild chili sauce and chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce in a medium-size bowl and whisk until all ingredients are thoroughly blended.
  • Pour sauce into a deep skillet and turn on high. Add meatballs. Heat on high until boiling, then turn down to medium or medium-low (or even low heat!) and let the sauce simmer. Turn meatballs frequently and spoon sauce over meatballs as they cook.
  • The sauce will thicken as it cooks and will caramelize, coating the meatballs. Continue to cook 15 to 20 minutes until meatballs are heated through and sauce is thick and caramelized.
  • Remove from heat and serve.

Notes

*I used Heinz Chili Sauce.
**I used frozen Turkey Meatballs and they were amazing! Very moist and flavorful! But, you can also use Italian Meatballs.
!Stove-Top Method
When cooked on the stove-top, the sauce will caramelize and provides a thick sweet/spicy coating that really sticks to the meatballs. What you'll also love about these is that they are super fast, easy and caramelized goodness that's ready to eat in 15-20 minutes. The meatballs will be very moist, but have a more bite-y texture when cooked on the stove.
!Slow Cooker Method
What you will love about the slow cooker is that it's a 'set it and forget it' kind of recipe! You mix all the ingredients together in <5 minutes, throw it in the slow cooker, set the timer for 4+ hours and you are done, until it's time to eat! How easy is that?
The difference with the slow cooker method, is that the meatballs will be softer (and super moist) in texture, the sauce will be thinner but you'll still get that same great flavor. I used turkey meatballs and they were soft and super moist! So whether you use a combination beef/pork meatball or turkey, they will be moist due to the Cherry Coke!