Ritz Cracker Meat Loaf Recipe

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Essential Slow Cooker RecipesRitz crackers add so much flavor to this meat loaf. Their buttery, salty texture helps keep the meat loaf nice and moist, while the green peppers add color. This is a fun way to twist the classic, and your kids will love snacking on the leftover crackers.

  • Yield: 8 Servings
  • Preparation Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cooking Time: 8 Hours


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 cup Ritz cracker crumbs (about 24 crackers)
  • 1½ cups ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • Fresh thyme, for garnish
How to Make It
  1. Line the insert of a 6-quart slow cooker with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the ground beef, bell pepper, onion, eggs, salt, cracker crumbs, and ¾ cup of the ketchup. Use a spoon or your hands to mix until the ingredients are incorporated.
  3. Shape the meat mixture into a loaf and place it in the slow cooker.
  4. Cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours or on High for 3 to 4 hours, until the meat is no longer pink.
  5. In the last 15 minutes of cooking, in a small bowl, mix together the remaining ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar and spread on top of the meat loaf. Cook for the remaining 15 minutes.
  6. Let cool. Slice and serve with fresh thyme.

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