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SIMPLE CROCK POT MEATLOAF

Simple Crock Pot Meatloaf Recipe

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Welcome to our easy and comforting recipes section! Today, we’re sharing a delicious and hassle-free recipe for Simple Crock Pot Meatloaf. This meatloaf is packed with flavor, thanks to the addition of diced garlic, jalapeno, and shredded cheese, and it’s topped with a sweet and tangy ketchup glaze. Let’s get started!

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Ingredients

For the Meatloaf:

  • 1 lb. ground beef (90% lean recommended)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 sleeve saltine crackers, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced (with seeds for extra spice, optional)
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheese (Cheddar Jack recommended)

For the Topping:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. honey

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Meatloaf Mixture

  1. Combine Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground beef, egg, crushed saltine crackers, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, diced garlic, diced jalapeno, and shredded cheese. Mix until all ingredients are well incorporated. Be careful not to overmix as this can make the meatloaf dense.

Step 2: Shape and Cook the Meatloaf

  1. Shape the Meatloaf: Shape the meat mixture into a loaf shape that will fit into your crock pot.
  2. Prepare the Crock Pot: Lightly grease the bottom of the crock pot or use a slow cooker liner for easy cleanup.
  3. Place in Crock Pot: Place the shaped meatloaf into the crock pot.

Step 3: Prepare and Add the Topping

  1. Mix Topping Ingredients: In a small bowl, mix together the ketchup, brown sugar, and honey until smooth.
  2. Add Topping: Spread the ketchup mixture evenly over the top of the meatloaf.

Step 4: Cook the Meatloaf

  1. Set Crock Pot: Cover the crock pot and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or on HIGH for 3-4 hours. The meatloaf is done when the internal temperature reaches 160°F (71°C).

Step 5: Serve

  1. Rest and Serve: Once the meatloaf is cooked, carefully remove it from the crock pot and let it rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing. Serve hot and enjoy your Simple Crock Pot Meatloaf!

Cooking Notes and Tips

  • Ground Beef: Using 90% lean ground beef helps to reduce the amount of grease in the crock pot.
  • Spice Level: Adjust the amount of jalapeno and whether you include the seeds based on your preference for spice.
  • Cheese: Feel free to use your favorite cheese in this recipe. Cheddar, mozzarella, or a cheese blend all work well.

Variations

BBQ Meatloaf

Replace the ketchup with your favorite BBQ sauce for a smoky flavor.

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Turkey Meatloaf

Substitute ground turkey for the ground beef for a lighter option. Adjust cooking time as needed.

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Italian Meatloaf

Add 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese and 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning to the meat mixture for an Italian twist.

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Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf

Wrap the meatloaf in bacon strips before adding the topping for an extra layer of flavor.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this meatloaf ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the meatloaf mixture and shape it into a loaf. Store it in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 24 hours before cooking.

How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftover meatloaf in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven before serving.

Can I freeze this meatloaf?

Yes, you can freeze the cooked meatloaf. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil, and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

What can I serve with this meatloaf?

This meatloaf pairs well with mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, or a fresh green salad.

How can I make the meatloaf healthier?

Use lean ground beef or ground turkey, reduce the amount of cheese, and use a sugar substitute suitable for baking in the topping.

Simple Crock Pot Meatloaf is a comforting and easy meal that’s perfect for any occasion. With its flavorful meat mixture and sweet and tangy topping, it’s sure to be a hit with family and friends. Enjoy making and sharing this delicious meatloaf with your loved ones!

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