Hobo Dinner in the Slow Cooker
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5 from 2 votes

Hobo Dinner in the Slow Cooker

A complete one-pot meal of meatloaf and potatoes reminiscent of old campfire dinners.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Total Time5 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Hobo Dinner
Servings: 4
Calories: 671kcal
Author: Sarah Olson



Meatloaf Ingredients

  • 1 lb. 10% fat ground beef
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup white onion diced
  • 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 white onion sliced
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. butter melted
  • 1 cup sharp cheese shredded; add at the end

For Serving

  • ketchup for topping meatloaf


  • In a large bowl, combine the meatloaf ingredients, be careful not to over mix.
  • Shape the meatloaf on one side of the slow cooker, trying to keep the meatloaf from touching the sides.
  • 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; toss them by hand.
  • Drizzle over the melted butter.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 5 hours. DO NOT OPEN THE LID WHILE THIS IS COOKING, or the potatoes will not get tender.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 671kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 208mg | Sodium: 1056mg | Potassium: 1434mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 741IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 269mg | Iron: 6mg