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Slow Cooker Meatloaf (Low Carb, Gluten Free)

Slow Cooker Meatloaf, a delicious low-carb, gluten-free, high-protein, and ridiculously easy to make recipe to lick your fingers clean. Healthy, packed with amazing flavours, this meatloaf is the very best you can get.

AA white plate with a sliced meatloaf with parsley springs around it

For many years I used to think that meatloaves were just not my thing. Perhaps because the Romanian meatloaf, which is a traditional Easter dish, usually uses lamb meat and different organs like liver, heat, kidneys, etc.

Now, I don’t eat lamb, or goat, or whatever. I guess you have to grow up with this particularly strong taste to fancy it, otherwise it’s not easy to just suddenly like it.

I know that lamb is the traditional meat for Easter, and many people love it, but, there is that small number of weird people, and I’m one of those, who simply can’t stand the smell or taste of it.

There, I said it! And I’m not taking it back!

So, how about we try something different? A superbly tasty, healthy, and easy to make beef meatloaf? Wait, it’s getting even better! This meatloaf can be cooked in a CROCK POT.

Which means, no effort whatsoever, but you dump the ingredients in the slow cooker, and a few hours later you get to enjoy the best meatloaf ever!

No need to wait around for at least an hour for dinner to be ready, you can set the crock pot in the morning, and have dinner on the table once you are home .Let’s see how it’s made!

Collage of 4 photos to show how to make meatloaf in the crock pot

How do you make beef meatloaf in the slow cooker?

My meatloaf is LOW CARB AND GLUTEN FREE, I replaced the regular breadcrumbs with almond flour, which worked like a dream. 

But, if you are not too bothered about a low carb diet, the feel free to use breadcrumbs, that’s absolutely fine and it should not change the texture of the meatloaf.

There is one thing you must keep in mind when you make a meatloaf in the slow cooker: ALWAYS USE LEAN MEAT. If you use ground beef with a higher amount of fat, you end up with a meatloaf that is covered in grease. Not cool!

By any means, you can use a combination of beef and pork if you like, but again, make sure the pork mince is lean as well.

The binding ingredients are eggs and almond flour, they also give a lovely taste, so do not omit them.

  • in a large bowl, add the chopped onion, ground beef, almond flour, parmesan, salt, pepper, Italian herbs and eggs
  • mix well to combine
  • line the slow cooker with kitchen foil, add the meat mixture and press it down well with the back of a spoon

A white plate with 2 meatload slices, peas and mashed potatoes, a fork and a knife on the side and a small bowl of sauce at the top

Using kitchen foil means no mess, less to clean, plus the meatloaf can be easily removed from the crock pot once it’s ready. Nicer presentation too if you want to impress your guests.

  • in a small bow, combine the tomato paste, yellow mustard and Worcestershire sauce

My meatloaf sauce does not use brown sugar or any kind of sugar, but it’s amazingly delicious. Plus, the tomato paste is naturally sweet, no need for added refined sugar.

  • spread half of the sauce over the meatloaf, and cook on low for 6 hours, or on high for 4 hours

What to serve with meatloaf?

I usually serve a meatloaf as an appetizer. My Moist Turkey Meatloaf with Hard-Boiled Eggs  is another excellent recipe that works great with your Easter menu. And it’s made the classic way, in the oven.

Now, this beef meatloaf can be enjoyed either as an appetizer, or as a main meal together with some veggies and carbs. My family enjoyed it with mashed potatoes and peas, but any side dish would do.

From Crispy Roasted Garlic Parmesan PotatoesOven Roasted Garlic Rosemary PotatoesEasy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes, or Garlic Smashed Potatoes, there is plenty to choose from.

Veggies, again, you can go for any roast root vegetables, or broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus and so on.

And that’s it, enjoy it, you are in for a treat!

Overhead shoot of a white plate with a sliced meatloaf

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Two meatloaf slices cut from a meatloaf that is arrange on a white plate garnished with parsley sprigs
Slow Cooker Meatloaf
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 5 mins
 

Slow Cooker Meatloaf, a delicious low-carb, keto-friendly, gluten-free, high-protein, and ridiculously easy to make recipe to lick your fingers clean. Healthy, packed with amazing flavours, this meatloaf is the very best you can get.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: International
Keyword: easter recipes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 246 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
Ingredients
  • 750 g lean ground beef 2 lbs (meat with 5% fat)
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp Italian herbs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard
Instructions
  1. Peel and chop the onion finely.

  2. In a bowl, add the ground beef, chopped onion, parmesan, eggs, almond flour, herbs, salt and pepper, and mix well to combine.

  3. Line the slow cooker with kitchen foil, add the mince beef mixture and press it down well with the back of a spoon.

  4. In a small bowl, combine the tomato paste, sauce and mustard, and spread half of it over the meatloaf.

  5. Cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours.

  6. Once it's cooked, carefully remove it from the slow cooker by holding the edges of the kithcken foil well (there will be some of the liquid released by the meat), then spread the remaining sauce over.

  7. Serve hot or cold.

Recipe Notes
  • Click on the US Customary link (underneath the ingredient list) to see the measurements displayed in cups and ounces.
  • The servings can be adjusted by clicking the number next to Servings.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Meatloaf
Amount Per Serving
Calories 246 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 133mg 44%
Sodium 339mg 14%
Potassium 606mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 31g 62%
Vitamin A 5.4%
Vitamin C 4.5%
Calcium 6.9%
Iron 22.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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