Slow-Cooked Taco Meat Loaf Recipe
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Slow-Cooked Taco Meat Loaf Recipe

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This meat loaf is a hit with my family. My three sons eat two pieces each, which is incredible, considering that they are very picky toddlers. This Southwest-style meat loaf is topped with a sweet and tangy sauce. —Lacey Kirsch, Thornton, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3 hours + standing
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3 hours + standing
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 cups crushed tortilla chips
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup sliced ripe olives
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Louisiana-style hot sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 345 calories, 16g fat (7g saturated fat), 138mg cholesterol, 936mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 27g protein.


  1. Cut four 20-in. x 3-in. strips of heavy-duty foil; crisscross so they resemble spokes of a wheel. Place strips on the bottom and up the sides of a 3-qt. slow cooker. Coat strips with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into a round loaf. Place meat loaf in the center of the strips. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°.
  3. Combine the ketchup, brown sugar and hot sauce; pour over meat loaf during the last hour of cooking. Let stand for 10 minutes. Using foil strips as handles, remove the meat loaf to a platter. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Slow-Cooked Taco Meat Loaf in Simple & Delicious March/April 2007, p47

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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CrazedChloe User ID: 8571041 234912
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2015

"Totally awesome! Everyone loves it! So easy to make!"

sbuffman User ID: 1497756 220943
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2015

"Did not really care for this. A bit too mushy for me."

tlynnt8 User ID: 7146183 217129
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

"This was delicious. Even my picky son had two heaping helpings! We all loved it!"

Jogeng09 User ID: 7370803 162353
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2014

"My husband always groans and rolls his eyes when I say I'm making meatloaf for dinner, but no more! We loved this -- so flavorful! I made it exactly as written, but cut the calories by using 96% lean beef, reduced-fat cheese, and baked tortilla chips. I might add a can of chopped green chilies next time, just for a little extra zip. This will be our go-to meatloaf recipe from now on."

damonsamara User ID: 5029442 94355
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014

"easy, GREAT TASTE, even good when it 's cold. This is a KEEPER!!!!"

AAspedon User ID: 4004208 162148
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2013

"Not a big meatloaf fan until I tried this recipe"

cea267 User ID: 1848598 116872
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2013

"Leftovers make GREAT Meatloaf Tacos. Just heat up the meatloaf, slice it and place in taco shells. Top with jack cheese, chopped tomatoes, and shredded lettuce. Favorite Salsa on the side. Fantastic!!


kimpoff User ID: 3520615 94311
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2013


kmandres13 User ID: 6966504 208522
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2012

"Taste wonderful. I made it a little too sweet. Will cut down on the brown sugar a bit."

papacullop User ID: 3087566 162143
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2012

"I made the a couple nights ago, my kids don't care for meat loaf but they loved this one. I added some diced Jalepenos for alittle more zip!"

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