Slow Cooker Meat Loaf Recipe

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An old standby gets fun Mexican flair and an easy new preparation method in this recipe shared by Julie Sterchi of Jackson, Missouri. The round loaf gets extra flavor when served with salsa.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup taco sauce
  • 1 cup coarsely crushed corn chips
  • 1/3 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend or cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • Additional taco sauce or salsa

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 258 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 471mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into a round loaf; place in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 160°. Serve with taco sauce or salsa. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Slow-Cooked Meat Loaf in Quick Cooking January/February 2001, p43

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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