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Slow-Cooked Taco Meat Loaf Recipe

Slow-Cooked Taco Meat Loaf Recipe

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 YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Slow-Cooked Taco Meat Loaf

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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."

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

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

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

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

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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!!

CEA"

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

"VERY GOOD"

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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."

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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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hobbitgal User ID: 5054150 162350
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2011

"My husband LOVED this meatloaf, even though I made it with ground turkey instead of ground beef. We'll definitely be having this one again!"

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mielsu User ID: 3702620 162391
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2011

"Family likes this. I bake it in the oven and omit the olives."

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dyoung7272 User ID: 3702351 162142
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2010

"This was sooo good. My family loved it so much we didn't have leftovers."

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szhenson User ID: 3372515 162141
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2010

"There is no way the meat loaf will be done in 3-4 hours. Took 8 hrs."

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carol91789 User ID: 5126212 167892
Reviewed May. 16, 2010

"I loved this recipe and my family and friends too. It was a big hit at a family gathering."

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upcarters@yahoo.com User ID: 2038793 94340
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2009

"Does the ground beef have to be cooked first?"

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pamunc User ID: 3393567 162349
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2009

"I found this to be too dry for my family, not sure if it was the amount of tortilla chips, but I shared with my neighbor and her family loved it."

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lisak47 User ID: 4062204 208521
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2009

"Great and easy recipe. Instead of alum. foil, I used a slow cooker liner in my small crock pot. It formed very well. I also cut it in half for the 2 of us and it was still quite a bit of meatloaf. I did not have hot sauce so I added some spicy bbq sauce instead and was good for us."

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cee-jay User ID: 1579946 100880
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2009

"1 egg = 1/4 cup egg substitute;

2 eggs = 1/2 cup egg substitute"

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roxanne58 User ID: 1390774 94339
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2009

"I would love to try this recipe but I do not cook with egg substitute. what is the real egg equivalent?"

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Monarchsmomma User ID: 1811632 162140
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2009

"I add 1 tablespoon of taco seasoning to the glaze and also a packet of each mild and hot sauce. Very good! Thanks."

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grammie565 User ID: 2499513 147655
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2009

"The catsup and brown sugar cook up nicely-I add a little taco seasoning instead of the hot sauce, makes a really good "glaze" for the meatloaf."

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mooreforless User ID: 3084320 167890
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2009

"I use pizza sauce in my meatloaf"

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csctsally User ID: 1278391 162389
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2009

"I can't imagine adding a brown sugar and catsup sauce on this very savory meatloaf. I think the flavor would clash badly. Maybe just salsa."

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Nordon User ID: 4095854 163449
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2009

"Can't wait to try this one!

Beegoo"

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rawalmonds User ID: 4099788 162342
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2009

"Wow--this looks great! Can't wait to try it."

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5xamom User ID: 787516 163407
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2009

"What an excellent way to use tortilla chips that have gotten stale. I will use this recipe many times over!! Thanks for sharing!!!"

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Wine Pairings

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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