Taco Meat Loaves

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing


2 meat loaves (6 servings each)

Updated: Nov. 09, 2023
We live in Texas and love the Southwest style of cooking. This taco meat loaf recipe spices up plain ol’ meat loaf! —Susan Garoutte, Georgetown, Texas


  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups picante sauce, divided
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (11 ounces) Mexicorn, drained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (2-1/4 ounces each) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Additional picante sauce, optional


  1. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, 1/2 cup picante sauce, beans, corn, onion, olives, bread crumbs, taco seasoning, cumin and chili powder. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.
  2. Pat into two ungreased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until no pink remains and a thermometer reads 160°.
  3. Spoon remaining picante sauce over each meat loaf; sprinkle with cheese. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with additional picante sauce if desired.

Taco Meat Loaves Tips?

What’s the secret to moist meat loaf?

The secret to moist meat loaf is to not overcook it. An instant-read meat thermometer is inexpensive and helps indicate doneness. Also, don’t overmix; just gently mix until the ingredients are combined.

What’s a good side dish for taco meat loaf?

There are many good side sides for taco meat loaf, like classic mashed potatoes and a southwest-style salad.

What are other interesting meat loaf recipes?

For more meat loaf recipes, check out our tasty collection!

Research contributed by Rashanda Cobbins, Taste of Home Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 354 calories, 18g fat (8g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 1001mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 23g protein.