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Crock Pot Meatloaf

Enjoy this classic recipe for meatloaf made right in your slow cooker! This Crock Pot Meatloaf cooks low and slow for tender and flavorful meatloaf with a hint of sweetness that can be paired with your favorite side dishes! I guarantee this is the best meat loaf you will ever eat.
4.41 from 44 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 582 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • cup Ritz Crackers (crushed)
  • 2 large eggs
  • cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • ¾ cup milk
  • tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • tsp black pepper
  • 1 packet Lipton onion soup

The Glaze

  • cup Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard

Instructions
 

  • Add ground beef, Ritz crackers, eggs, ketchup, mustard, milk, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt, black pepper, and onion soup in a large bowl. Use your hands to mix until just combined.
  • Line the slow cooker with aluminum foil across the bottom and up the two sides. Shape the meat mixture into an oval shape and place it into the slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours.
  • Thirty minutes before the final cooking time is done. Add ingredients for the glaze in a small bowl. Then top the meatloaf with the glaze, cover, and cook remaining 30 minutes.
  • Slice and serve while hot.

Notes

Tips

  • When forming the meatloaf, it's important to ensure you don't overwork the mixture. This will make the meatloaf tough.
  • As the meatloaf cooks, it will render off the fat in the mixture. You can spoon this out or carefully remove the meatloaf from the grease while it is hot before slicing and serving.
  • For a thicker glaze, remove the meatloaf from the crock pot 30 minutes before it is done. Top with glaze and place on a baking sheet. Broil for 2-3 minutes or until the glaze is sticky and thick.
  • If you want to make this recipe ahead of time, mix all ingredients and store them in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator for up to two days before cooking.

Variations

  • Ground turkey and ground chicken are great options if you are looking for a healthier version of meatloaf. When using either of these options, I will up the milk to 1 cup.
  • You can use panko or regular bread crumbs in place of Ritz crackers. I like to use the Italian style to add a little more flavor. You can also use regular bread torn into small pieces.
  • If you don't have a slow cooker you can make this in the oven. Make everything as normal and pop it onto a foil-lined baking sheet. Cook at 350 degrees for 60 minutes. Then, add the glaze and broil for 3-5 minutes until it bubbles.
*All nutrition information provided is automatically calculated and is an estimate and will vary based ingredients, brands and changing cooking methods listed in recipe. If you need exact numbers on your ingredients, I would recommend calculating them yourself.

Nutrition

Calories: 582kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 30gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 1576mgPotassium: 744mgFiber: 3gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 338IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 143mgIron: 5mg
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