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
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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 equals 345 calories, 16 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 138 mg cholesterol, 936 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 27 g 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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Reviewed Oct. 13, 2015

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

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2015

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

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2015

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

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."

Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014

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

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