Easy Lil Smokies Appetizer Recipe

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Here’s an appetizer that anyone can make:  Easy Lil Smokies Appetizer Recipe

Lil Smokies Appetizer in a white bowl with toothpicks. Set on a blue striped napkin with fresh parsley on the side.

You’ve probably seen this recipe around from time to time.  It has been floating around on the internet forever, so the exact origin is probably impossible to nail down.

These are nothing genius, they’re nothing gourmet, and they’re not even anything very special.  HOWEVER, these are the appetizer on the table that everyone will gobble up immediately!

Easy Lil Smokies Appetizer in a white bowl set on a blue striped napkin

I was looking for a little appetizer to add to my party menu last weekend… something that would fill people up… and something that was super simple.  I remembered this three ingredient, easy appetizer.  It’s just chili sauce, grape jelly and the cute, little cocktail wieners.

These are made in the slow cooker- just dump the three ingredients in, give it a stir and let it cook on low for six hours.  Lil Smokies is the brand of cocktail wieners that is most commonly found, but there is another brand that you can find at Costco too.

Easy Lil Smokies Appetizer in a white bowl with striped blue towel on one side and fresh parsley on the other

I had some gluten-free guests at my party, and this was an easy one to make gluten-free.  There is an organic brand of chili sauce that I found at Raley’s supermarket that is gluten-free, Welch’s grape jelly is also gluten-free, and the cocktail wieners I found at Costco were also gluten-free!  If you don’t need to make it GF, you can use whatever brands you’d like.

These were a big hit at my holiday party.  They were steadily devoured throughout the night!

Here are a few more easy appetizer recipes you might enjoy:

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Easy Lil' Smokies Appetizer Recipe

Simple to make party food!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings 84 appetizers
Calories 64kcal
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizer, lil smokies


  • One 12-ounce bottle chili sauce
  • 1 cup grape jelly
  • 3 pounds Lil' Smokies
  • toothpicks, for serving


  • Combine chili sauce and jelly in a slow cooker.  Add the Lil Smokies and stir.  Heat on low for 6 hours.  Stir, and serve warm with the sauce.


  • Calories are likely a bit fewer than indicated here since you don't end up eating all of the sauce.
  • If you are preparing this recipe as GLUTEN-FREE, just be sure to use brands of chili sauce, grape jelly and smokies that are known to be GF.


Serving: 1smokie | Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 221mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 28IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • Miranda wrote:

    Lil smokies are always such a hit! I always make them for gameday!

  • Sandy Coughlin wrote:

    Mmmmmm …. one of my favorite NYE appetizers! 🙂