The Best Party Meatball Appetizer

5 from 1 reviews

These sweet, tangy, Chili Lime Party Meatball Appetizer will quickly become a family favorite for your next football party or tailgating get-together! They take just a few minutes to throw together and the tangy sauce can be prepped ahead of time for an easy snack that everyone will love!


  • 24 oz. frozen store bought meatballs
  • 3/4 cup Frank's RedHot® Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • zest of 2 limes
  • Kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper


  • thinly sliced green onion
  • toasted sesame seeds


  1. Heat Instant Vortex Plus Air Fry Oven to 350 degrees and set it for 15 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl combine Frank's RedHot Sweet Chili Sauce, soy sauce, ginger paste, lime zest, and a couple pinches of salt and pepper.
  3. Add frozen meatballs and toss to coat them evenly. 
  4. Transfer to a Pyrex baking dish and once the Instant Vortex says "add food" go ahead and place the baking dish of meatballs inside.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, carefully stirring the meatballs halfway through so that they cook evenly and don't burn.
  6. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds if desired.


  • You can use any small baking dish for this meatball appetizer, but I love the ease of using Pyrex because their products hold up so well and last forever. The best part is you can bake the meatballs in your Pyrex container and then if you have any leftovers, just pop the lid on and store them in your fridge. The Pyrex dish I used for this recipe fit perfectly inside the Instant Vortex and it came with a lid so I can throw the leftovers right in the fridge when we're done!
  • If you're using a glass baking dish in the Instant Vortex, be sure that when you remove the hot dish from the oven, you place it on a dry kitchen towel or hot pad. Don't put it on the countertop, in the sink, or on a metal surface. Hot glassware can crack when it comes in contact with water or a cold surface can cause it to shatter. As long as it's placed on a dry towel or hot pad though, you are good to go!
  • On the "bake" setting of the Instant Vortex, the heat comes from the coil at the top. I find this ideal because it allows the meatballs to get a bit crispy on top as well as they heat through. If you find that the meatballs are starting to get a bit too dark on top (even after stirring) go ahead and cover the baking dish with foil. This will prevent the meatballs from browning further.

Keywords: cocktail meatballs, chili sauce meatballs