Recipe: Basic Slow Cooker Meatloaf

Recipe: Basic Slow Cooker Meatloaf

by Molly Jo Realy @RealMojo68

Five simple ingredients. Three hours. Can’t-get-enough-of-it taste.

Frankly, My Dear . . . : Basic Slow Cooker Meatloaf Recipe

Frankly, My Dear . . . : Basic Slow Cooker Meatloaf Recipe

So, last month I promised y’all a new meatloaf recipe every month in 2017. But here it is, February, and you’re thinking (I can tell), “Where’s my meatloaf?! Where’s my recipe?!” Am I right?

Well, first. Thanks for not, you know, yelling through the blogosphere. Much appreciated. Second, aren’t you lucky. You’re gonna have two ~ yup, count ’em ~ two meatloaf recipes this month. Before the end of February, and just in time for Mardi Gras, I’ll share my Creole Meatloaf recipe.

But today, it’s all about the basics. Let’s face it. After the rush and scurry of the holidays, and during the cold weather rains and storms, we don’t always want or have time for complicated. But we still want good. Hearty. Delicious.

Ladies and Gentlemen, today I give you my wonderfully easy-peasy, palate-pleasing, no muss no fuss January (or should have been) Meatloaf.

I can’t believe how easy it is to put this together, and how not dry the meatloaf is. How flavorful, how . . . Well, I could continue but let’s just say you and your taste buds are gonna thank me for this.

Recipe: Basic Slow Cooker Meatloaf


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 packets onion soup mix
  • 16 Saltine cracker squares
  • milk


  1. Line slow cooker with foil. Spritz with cooking oil or nonstick spray.
  2. Crush crackers into small bowl. Add just enough milk to cover. Set aside.
  3. In separate mixing bowl, combine ground beef, eggs, and soup mix. Add crackers. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Shape into loaf and place in slow cooker.
  5. Reshape, keeping meatloaf away from sides of slow cooker.
  6. Cover. Set on high.
  7. Let cook at least three hours on high, or five to six hours on low.
  8. When ready, slice and serve.

Here’s a few tips:

  • Shape the loaf into an oval. It will retain its shape while cooking.
  • Crimp the foil around the edges of the slow cooker and gently press the lid into it.
Frankly, My Dear . . . : Basic Slow Cooker Meatloaf

Frankly, My Dear . . . : Basic Slow Cooker Meatloaf

And that’s it. Simple, right? Delectable, yes? How stinkin’ excited are we for another recipe? So tell me: Do you cook your meatloaf in an oven or a slow cooker?

And do you let your family lick the plates clean?

Frankly, My Dear . . . : Berry Sunshine enjoying the last licks

Frankly, My Dear . . . : Berry Sunshine enjoying the last licks

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And Frankly, My Dear . . . That’s all she wrote!

Recipe: Hobbes’ Mexican Chicken Meatloaf

Let’s talk winter comfort foods and family memories. Remember this little teaser from last month?

My Happy Planner: Recipe Teaser

My Happy Planner: Recipe Teaser

That’s right. I’ve been using My Happy Planner for just over two weeks now. Talk about your sweet sauce! I’m tracking bills and budget, appointments, social media sharings, and the greatest of great, holiday gatherings. Of course, the first and most important reason was the great recipe organizer. How many people does this make happy?

I’m pretty sure Jacqueline will try to steal my chili recipe once we get to Blue Ridge. [Don’t tell her, but I think I’ll sleep with it under my pillow for safe keeping. The planner. Not the chili.]

But enough about that. Today, we’re talking winter comfort food. Today, we’re talking easy. Today, we’re talking meatloaf.

I mean, doesn’t the word itself conjure up happy memories of family mealtimes, maybe a potluck or party? Meatloaf is my happy place. I can make it nine ways to Sunday, and then some. And to prove that statement, I intend to give you a dozen meatloaf recipes in 2017. Yup, that’s right. I’m gonna haul my cart over to Winco, grab some grub gear, and make y’all some of the best meatloafs you’ve had in years. One each month. How do you like them apples? Eww. No. I’m not putting apples in the meatloaf. It’s a phrase, people. Just a phrase. Although . . .No. No apples in the meatloaf. Moving on.

Today’s recipe was inspired by my Magic friend, Hobbes. No, he’s not magical. Well, he is kinda special. He’s one of my gaming buddies. You know. Magic: The Gathering. [Yes. I know. I’m a nerd. We’ll discuss that some other time.]

Hobbes' Mexican Chicken Meatloaf

Hobbes’ Mexican Chicken Meatloaf

Hobbes is kinda talented when it comes to building good gaming decks, and since I needed a deck I could assault Aaron with, let’s say I made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. He’d organize my cards and I’d let him live feed him properly. Being the overly perfectionist attentive host that I am, I made sure to ask if he had any allergies, and what his fave foods are. He came back with a combination of chicken recipes and Mexican flavors, and also mentioned meatloaf and potatoes. So, voila! [Side note: When I was a kid, I always thought that was viola, as in, a mini violin. Maybe it made a high-pitched screech that got everyone’s attention, and that’s how the word came about? Apparently not. But now you know I wasn’t always the wordsmith I pretend to be present myself as am.]

So. Uhm. Yes. Voila! Say hello to Hobbes’ Mexican Chicken Meatloaf.

Recipe: Hobbes' Mexican Chicken Meatloaf

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 4 - 6 servings

Serving Size: 1-2 slices


  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup (apprx) Fritos chili-cheese chips
  • 1 can (4 oz.) diced green chilis, drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced seasoned tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 packet taco seasonings
  • 2 eggs
  • milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Crush Fritos chips in small bowl. Add just enough milk to cover. Set aside.
  3. In large mixing bowl, add ground chicken, green chilis, tomatoes, eggs, and 1/4 packet taco seasonings. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Add Fritos. Mix.
  5. Shape into loaf pan.
  6. Top with remaining taco seasonings.
  7. Bake 50-60 minutes.


Using chicken instead of ground beef makes this a healthier alternative to some other meatloaf recipes. Two eggs will help bind the loaf together for presentation, but doesn't affect the taste. Use just enough milk to soften the corn chips.

Did you ever think of using ground chicken instead of beef in your meatloaf? Well, now you have. You’re welcome.

Recipe: Mexican Chicken Meatloaf

Recipe: Mexican Chicken Meatloaf

Dice up a few potatoes, spritz with olive oil and season with dill or kosher salt, and you have a perfect side dish.

And here’s your bonus holiday food hack: Drop a half-cup of chocolate chips or chopped nuts (or both!) into your banana bread batter for a delightful dessert.

Now it’s your turn: What are some of your favorite meatloaf dishes?

And Frankly, My Dear . . . That’s all she wrote!