One of my husband’s favorite dishes is my chili grape meatballs. If you haven’t had them before, they probably sound way out there to you. In truth; however, they are absolutely delicious.
One of the key components to chili grape meatballs is the chili sauce. It needs to be high quality. That is why, when I make my meatballs, I always turn to Heinz Chili Sauce.
This rich, delicious sauce comes in a 12-oz bottle, which is just the right size for my recipe. Heinz claims their chili sauce is America’s favorite and I believe them. I have tried other sauces but none of them stand up to Heinz’s quality.
Made since 1869, Heinz has perfected their sauce over the years until the formulation is absolutely perfect. It looks every bit as delicious as it tastes and that, my friends, is saying a lot.
There are roughly 20 servings inside of Heinz Chili Sauce. A serving equals 1 tbsp.
Each serving equals 20 calories; however, none of them are fat-related. This sauce contains 5 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of sugar and 30 milligrams of salt. Its only nutritional value lies in the fact that it offers 4% of the daily-recommended amount of vitamin A. It has no other nutritional value on its own.
Ingredients include corn syrup, dehydrated onions, distilled white vinegar, garlic powder, high fructose corn syrup, miscellaneous spices, salt, tomato paste and water. It also contains natural flavors and colors.
Heinz provides a party meatball recipe right on the back label. It includes the use of Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce.
For my chili grape meatball recipe you will need 1 lb. of ground meat, ½ cup of bread crumbs, 1 onion, 1 egg, 1 tbsp. parsley flakes, 2 tbsp. of milk, 2 tbsp. of oil, 1 bottle of Heinz Chili Sauce and 1 10-oz. jar of grape jelly.
To begin, dice the onion into small pieces. Mix it together with the ground beef in a bowl. Make a well in the center of the meat mixture and add the breadcrumbs, egg, parsley flakes and milk. Knead everything into the meat until it is evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
Roll spoonfuls of the dough into small, bite size meatballs. Place each one on a platter or length of aluminum foil or wax paper.
Next, place the oil in a skilled on the stovetop and heat it to medium-high temp. Add the meatballs into the heated oil. Brown them evenly on all sides.
In a large saucepan mix the bottle of Heinz Chili Sauce and the jar of grape jelly. Heat through until the two merge together as a single sauce.
Pour the heated mixture into a crockpot or slow cooker. Add the meatballs.
Place the heat setting on low and allow everything to cook until the meatballs are done through. This will take about 2-3 hours, depending upon the size of meatballs made.
The sauce will thicken naturally and coat the meatballs evenly. When you pull them out of the pot, place them into a bowl or on a platter and serve.
You can substitute grape jelly for any other jelly of your choice. These meatballs are equally good mixed with apple, strawberry or mixed berry jellies.
Here is my Heinz Chili Sauce summary review:
Taste: 5 stars. Heinz Chili Sauce has the best overall taste unless you want to make your own from scratch.
Appearance: 5 Stars. The sauce is deep red and rich. It looks as good as it tastes.
Freshness: 5 stars. As long as the sauce remains sealed in the bottle, it will last for a long time in a cabinet or pantry. Once the seal is broken; however, the sauce should be refrigerated. Always throw out sauce that has expired from the date posted on the bottle cap.
Reputation: 5 stars. Heinz knows their products well and delivers quality each and every time. Their chili sauce is no exception.
Nutrition: 4 stars. The sauce does have carbs and sugar, which must be noted. The real culprit here, though, is the salt. People watching their carb, salt or sugar intake may decide this product isn’t for them. Unfortunately, other than a small amount of vitamin A, Heinz Chili Sauce has no nutritional value on its own. It contains no protein or fiber.
Green value: 5 stars. The bottle can be recycled or reused.
Packaging: 5 stars. Heinz Chili Sauce comes in a heavy clear glass bottle with white labels and a white bottle cap. The front label is shaped in the Heinz logo and down in their color scheme of green and red with gold. The lettering is black and white. The bottle is easily recognizable on the store shelf.
Ease of storage: 5 stars. The Heinz Chili Sauce bottle stands just over 7″ in height and is roughly 2.5″ in diameter at the widest point. The bottle is small enough to fit in a kitchen pantry, cupboard or cabinet as well as on a refrigerator shelf or inside the fridge door.
Availability: 5 stars. Heinz products are sold widely. They can be found in every traditional grocery mart, at discount department stores with a food section and even in some specialty food shops and convenience stores.
Price: 5 stars. Heinz Chili Sauce is reasonably priced between $1.59 and $1.99, depending upon where it is purchased.
Product purchase probability: 5 star. I always have this sauce on hand to satisfy my husband’s meatball needs.
Final rating: 4.9 stars. It is the best chili sauce I know about.
5 stars = outstanding
4 stars = good
3 stars = average
2 stars = below average
1 star = poor