Hobo Dinner in the Slow Cooker

Hobo Dinner in the Slow Cooker- A complete meal for four in the slow cooker. A small meatloaf and cheesy potatoes!:

Have you ever heard of a Hobo Dinner before? It’s usually an individual complete meal for one in a foil pack cooked in a campfire,

Hobo Dinner in the Slow Cooker
Author: Sarah Olson
Prep time:  20 mins
Cook time:  5 hours
Total time:  5 hours 20 mins
Serves: 4


Meatloaf Ingredients
  • 1 lb. 10% fat ground beef
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup diced white onion
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ¼ tsp. onion powder
  • 15 Saltine crackers, crushed
For the potatoes
  • 4 small russet potatoes, sliced
  • ½ cup sliced white onion
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheese (add at the end)
For Serving
    • Ketchup for topping meatloaf


  1. In a large bowl, combine the meatloaf ingredients, you will have mix this with clean hands, be careful not to over mix.
  2. Shape the meatloaf on one side of the slow cooker, I tried to keep the meatloaf from touching the sides.
  3. Make a foil “bowl” out of a foot or so of foil. Shape it next to the meatloaf. Add the potatoes and onions. Season the potatoes and onions with the salt, pepper, and onion powder, and toss them with your clean hands. Drizzle over the melted butter.
  4. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 hours. DO NOT OPEN THE LID WHILE THIS IS COOKING, or the potatoes will not get tender.
  5. After the cooking time is up add the cheese on top of the potatoes, and cover for about 5 minutes more or until the cheese is melted. Add ketchup to the top of the meatloaf and serve.
  6. Enjoy!

Source: Hobo Dinner in the Slow Cooker

J’s Comment

One of the intermediate course recipe of my blog audiences.
Because it only needs to know how to use the oven. (we don’t really need that slow cooker.)
Keep in mind that we don’t need to follow the recipe, and don’t need all of the tools on the recipe.
Think different way to cook same output. If you can do it, then you are not a noob anymore.


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