Slow Cooker Taco Meat Loaf

Prep Time
5 to 6h
Cook Time
5h 30m
Ready In

Recipe: #34219

February 01, 2020

"Instead of using a packaged taco mix, this recipe relies on a homemade taco seasoning made from scratch. It's a recipe I found in the Better Homes and Gardens magazine (March 2010, Pg 200). It's highly rated and most reviewers commented that it's now their "go to" meatloaf recipe or that it's their family's favorite "comfort food". It sounds like a great way to give a tasty Tex-Mex twist to a plain meat loaf. The recipe is for a slow cooker, but Step #7 provides an option to oven bake the meat loaf."

Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (452.8 g)
  • Calories 588.6
  • Total Fat - 35.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 12 g
  • Cholesterol - 446.8 mg
  • Sodium - 626 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 21.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 5.4 g
  • Sugars - 6 g
  • Protein - 46.3 g
  • Calcium - 177.9 mg
  • Iron - 5.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 75.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.6 mg

Step 1

In large bowl combine eggs, 1/2 cup of the crushed tomatoes (reserve remaining tomatoes for Smoky Tomato Salsa), and crushed tortilla chips. Stir in onion, garlic, cumin, paprika, salt and black pepper. Add beef, pork, and corn; mix well. Shape mixture into a round or oblong loaf to fit the slow cooker.

Step 2

Crisscross three (18-inch) strips of foil, each strip folded for double thickness. [See "Tips" (below) for more thorough instructions on how to make the crisscrossed foil sling.] Place meat loaf in center of the foil strips. Bring up foil strips, then lift and transfer meat loaf to a 3 1/2 to 4 quart slow cooker. If needed, push meat away from sides of slow cooker to avoid burning.

Step 3

Cover slow cooker. Cook on Low heat for 5 to 6 hours or on High heat for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until center of meat loaf reaches 160°F.

Step 4

Using foil strips, carefully lift meat loaf from slow cooker, and place it on a cutting board. Pull foil away from meat; discard foil. Scrape away any drippings from meat; discard drippings. Sprinkle meat loaf with cheese, and let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

Step 5

While meat loaf is standing, prepare Smoky Tomato Salsa - In a medium bowl, mix together remaining tomatoes, sweet pepper, green onions, cilantro, jalapeños, lime juice and salt.

Step 6

To serve, spoon Smoky Tomato Salsa on top of meat loaf slices. Top with any additional toppings, if desired (such as chopped green onions, whole kernel corn, fresh cilantro). Serve with warmed tortillas, avocado slices and lime wedge (garnish).

Step 7

TO OVEN BAKE - Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare meat loaf as instructed in Step #1. Place meat loaf in shallow baking pan. Bake for 1 hour 20 minutes or until center reaches 160°F. Sprinkle with cheese, let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Follow Steps #5 and #6.

Tips & Variations

  • 3 1/2 to 4 quart slow cooker
  • 3 (18-inch) strips of foil
  • HOW TO MAKE A CRISSCROSS FOIL SLING (Step #2) - To crisscross the foil, you'll start by folding the 1st strip of foil in half (for double thickness) and lie it in a horizontal direction on a counter. Then place a 2nd folded strip of foil on top of it, but lie this one in a vertical direction. Then place 3rd strip of folded foil on top, with this one in a horizontal direction (in the same direction as the 1st strip of foil). It makes a "sling" that helps you to easily lift the hot, cooked meatloaf out of the slow cooker.



What a nice change from my regular meatloaf this was. I did not use any jalapenos on purpose. I used paprika and pepper jack cheese. My hubby finished off my cilantro the other day. I was so wishing I had some. It would have been great. I made this for What's on the Menu? on Food, Friends, and Fun.

(12 Apr 2022)