Nemo recipe – Chili-Concord Meatballs

Last night was Snowicane Nemo. I made snow icecream. Got the recipe from a good friend who grew up in New England. Gathered a bunch of CLEAN, FRESH snow (not packed). Stirred 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1 tsp vanilla essence, then stirred into the snow. So delicious! I’d do less sugar next time. Be sure not to stir TOO much, because you want it to be chunky still.

We had feet of snow outside of our house this morning! The plow didn’t come out until nearly 5pm today, so everyone was hustling to clean cars and get the snow on the street for the plow to deal with. Wound up with some crazy 5 feet snow piles in the middle of the street as a result!!!
On top of a 5 foot bank

Neighbor's car - I wonder if the snow broke their wipers

Neighbor’s car – I wonder if the snow broke their wipers

Snow bumps (aka cars)

Snow bumps (aka cars)

I’ve never seen anything like this. Insane!



Figured we needed something delicious and comforting for when we came back in. M told me about these delicious meatballs that his brother-in-law makes (“chili sauce and grape jelly” he tells me; “what on earth” I think to myself). I google some recipes and decided to do this!


  • 1-1.5 lbs mince meat/ground beef
  • Seasonings: Dried oregano, Worcestershire sauce, spicy brown mustard, creole seasoning, black pepper, garlic powder, 1 egg, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs.
  • Half onion fine dice
  • Half onion medium dice

Mix the meat, seasonings, and fine dice onion in a medium bowl (I use my hands). Make small meatballs (just under golf-ball sized) and set aside. Heat some olive oil in a large pan and brown medium dice onions. Add meatballs into the pan and cover while meatballs brown (to avoid splatter).


  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • Seasonings (all to taste): Dried oregano, black pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, 1tsp chili powder, red chili flakes, salt, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1tsp vinegar,
  • Jalapeno slices (4-5 to taste, diced fine)
  • Clove garlic fine dice
  • Grape jelly

Dump all ingredients in a small to medium pot and heat. This chili sauce is not meant to TASTE like chili, so go light on the chili powder.

Put meatballs in slow cooker (once browned on all sides), onions from meatball pan, and sauce into crock pot. Set to high. Add grape jelly (about 1/2-1 cup) to the crock pot and stir well. Leave about 1-2 hours.


Must-have meatballs
Must-have meatballs (plus, M threw in some summer sausage)