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Slow-Cooked Taco Meat Loaf

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


  • 2 cups crushed tortilla chips
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 large 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


  • Cut four 20x3-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.
  • 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°.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 345 calories, 16g fat (7g saturated fat), 138mg cholesterol, 936mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 27g protein.

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  • sgronholz
    Jun 29, 2019

    This meat loaf was great! I cut the recipe in half for the two of us and divided the mixture into 12 muffin cups. I baked them at 350 for 25 minutes, which worked perfectly. The mini meat loaf cups were absolutely delicious and I can't wait to make them again!

  • pajamaangel
    Aug 24, 2016

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  • CrazedChloe
    Oct 13, 2015

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

  • sbuffman
    Feb 20, 2015

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

  • tlynnt8
    Jan 6, 2015

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

  • Jogeng09
    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
    Apr 8, 2014

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

  • AAspedon
    Nov 26, 2013

    Not a big meatloaf fan until I tried this recipe

  • cea267
    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

  • kimpoff
    Mar 19, 2013