****We have adapted this recipe to fit our whole foods lifestyle by using organic ketchup and homemade bread cubes.******
Okay, I am about to blow your mind – did you know you could make meatloaf in the crock pot?! IT’S TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I <3 meatloaf.
Yes, I know it’s scary to some people, but I like it all sorts of ways. I will tell you that I don’t order it at a cafeteria or anything like that – that IS sorta scary. Hairnets freak me out.
Anyway, if you missed it you can see this post I did about making mini meatloaves. They are really fast! But, I like this one too…….because it cooks all day and is ready when you’re ready to eat! It’s like a miracle, I’m telling ya.
If you have to work, you could throw this in the crock pot in the morning before you got ready and ate breakfast. Then it would be ready when you got home from work! You want to kiss me, don’t ya?
We need an egg, milk, cubed bread, salsa, salt, pepper, ground meat, ketchup, potatoes, and carrots. This is almost like a roast in that you cook potatoes and carrots with it. Barry kept thinking I was making roast, but I surprised him with meatloaf. SURPRISE!!!!!!!!!!!
Grab your meatloaf mixing bowl (yes, I have a bowl just for meatloaf) and mix up your egg, milk, bread cubes, salsa, salt, pepper, and meat. Use your hands. Just do it. Quit whining. They wash off quite nicely and your mixture will be better mixed together. I’m not sure why raw chicken gives me the freak out and I can play in my bowl of raw venison. Who knows?
I forgot to spray my crock! AHHHHHHH! That’s okay, it still wasn’t that hard to clean. But you might want to spray yours. Form your meat mixture into a loaf in the center of the crock pot. This was a 4 quart size, but you could use a larger one……you’ll need a larger one if you want lots of potatoes and carrots.
Meatloaf needs ketchup. Really, it does. It’s not meatloaf without ketchup. They go together like coffee and cinnamon. It’s true love……and your kids will probably eat anything with ketchup on top, so go ahead and load ‘er up! You can spread it, but I just squirted mine on there all pretty like.
You could use small red potatoes for this, but I used what I had. So, I had to cut them into fourths to make them small enough to cook. I didn’t peel them, because we all need a little more fiber in our diet. It’s good for ya! Surround the meatloaf with your potatoes.
Place carrots on top of the potatoes. You don’t need to season them……some magic is going to happen. I think I missed my calling as a magician.
Alrighty, put your crock on HIGH but only for one hour. I’m not sure why, but the recipe said it so I did it. I like to follow the rules…..sometimes……sorta…..well, maybe occasionally.
After one hour, switch it over to low and leave it alone for 7-8 hours. Mine went for exactly 8 hours before I turned it to “warm.” When I walked into the house after being gone all day, I thought a chef had moved in. It smelled GREAT! I smelled it all the way in the garage.
It looks like this. Hello meat! I love meat. This was the most moist meatloaf I’ve ever had. It was absolutely delicious and it would melt in your mouth. YUM! It’s not stiff enough for a sandwich though…..that led Barry to say “Bummer.” But he wasn’t complaining about eating it. This is definitely a repeat recipe!
Crock Pot Meatloaf by Taste of Home
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup milk
- 2 slices day-old bread, cubed
- 1/4 cup salsa
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 8 medium carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 8 small red potatoes
- In a bowl, beat egg and milk.
- Stir in the bread cubes, salsa, salt and pepper.
- Add the beef and mix well. Shape into a round loaf. Place in a 5-qt. slow cooker.
- Spread ketchup on top of loaf. Arrange carrots around loaf. Peel a strip around the center of each potato; place potatoes over carrots.
- Cover and cook on high for 1 hour.
- Reduce heat to low; cover and cook 7-8 hours longer or until no pink remains in the meat and the vegetables are tender.