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Slow Cooker Hobo-Dinner

Slow Cooker Hobo-Dinner is an easy solution to getting a entire meal on the table with minimal prep.  The vegetables turn out tender-crisp and the meatloaf is moist and flavorful from the garlic and seasonings along with the tangy-sweet sauce on top.
Author: Lisa Kerhin


For the Meatloaf:

  • 1 lb [Laura's Lean Ground Beef | http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/] of course you can use a combination of beef and sausage or even ground turkey
  • 1/2 small onion diced very finely
  • 2 tbsp bell pepper diced very finely
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/3 cup seasoned Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

For the Vegetables:

  • 1 1/2 cups cut red potatoes 1 inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups baby carrots
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp butter melted

Topping for Meatloaf:

  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg


  • Spray the inside of crockpot with non-stick spray.
  • Make a "foil bowl" from a piece of aluminum foil, about a 12 inch piece. Set on one side in the crockpot.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the first 9 ingredients. Shape meat mixture into a loaf and place in crockpot.
  • No additional liquid is required.
  • After you have prepared your vegetables, combine them in a bowl and season with salt, pepper and the minced garlic. Drizzle the melted butter over and toss to lightly coat.
  • Pour your vegetables into your "foil bowl" and fold up the sides, if necessary so the vegetables will stay in the foil. Not necessary to seal the foil.
  • Cover and cook on low for 5 1/2 hours. After that time is up, prepare the topping. Combine the ketchup, brown sugar, dry mustard, and nutmeg. Spoon over the meatloaf and cover again. Turn off heat to the crockpot and let cook for 15 more minutes.
  • Remove meatloaf to platter and serve with the vegetables.