Easy Crock Pot Meatloaf Recipe
I decided I needed to update my moms meatloaf recipe to a Crock Pot Meatloaf Recipe. It wasn’t hard to do. I just used my moms favorite meatloaf recipe and cooked it in my trusty crock pot. It turned out perfect and cooking meatloaf in the crock pot made dinner time a breeze.
I am a child of the 70’s and 80’s and when I was a kid my mother would bake meatloaf with a can of tomato soup poured over the top. As the meatloaf cooked the tomato soup would turn into a lovely gravy we would spoon over homemade mashed potatoes.
Back then we ate a lot of family meals featuring ground beef. It was cheap and could be stretched to feed a big family. Sometimes when mom made meatloaf she would form it into hamburger patties instead of a loaf. Then instead of baking it in the oven she would brown the meatloaf patties in a skillet then pour the tomato soup over them. Then she would let them simmer on the stove until they were cooked through.
I’ve made my moms meatloaf both ways over the years. Cooking those meatloaf patties doesn’t take much time but you do have to stay near the stove to keep an eye on things. Baking the meatloaf in the oven is a little easier since you don’t have to keep such a close eye on the meatloaf as it bakes compared to simmering it in a skillet.
Making the meatloaf in the crock pot is so much easier then either cooking method my mom used and you have the advantage of not heating up the house while using the crock pot and you don’t have to stand watch over a hot skillet. Crock Pot Meatloaf is the best of both worlds as far as I am concerned.
The best part of this Crock Pot Meatloaf made with tomato soup is when you dip a piece in the tomato soup gravy and the dip it in the homemade mashed potatoes. It is a bite of heaven.
How to make Crock Pot Meatloaf with a tomato soup gravy
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1⅓ cup Italian Bread Crumbs
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup diced onion
- ¼ cup diced sweet red pepper
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cans Campbell's Tomato soup
- Mix all the ingredients except the tomato soup in a large bowl until combined well.
- Form into a loaf that will fit inside your crock pot.
- Place the meatloaf into the crock pot.
- Pour the tomato soup over the meatloaf.
- Cook 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low or until the meatloaf is cooked through in the center.
- Serve with mashed potatoes and green beans.
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