Slow Cooker Taco Meat Loaf

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Makes:
8 servings
Prep:
30 mins
Stand:
10 mins
Slow Cook:
5 hrs (low) or 2-1/2 hours (high)
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Slow Cooker Taco Meat Loaf

Ingredients
3
eggs, lightly beaten
1
28 ounce can fire-roasted crushed tomatoes
3/4
cup crushed tortilla chips
1
medium onion, finely chopped
2
2
teaspoons ground cumin
1
teaspoon smoked paprika or chili powder
1
pound ground beef
1
pound ground pork
1
cup frozen whole kernel corn
1/2
cup Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeno peppers, shredded (2 oz.) (optional)
 
Corn tortillas, warmed (optional)
1
recipe Smoky Tomato Salsa (recipe below)
 
Sliced avocado, green onions, whole kernel corn, and cilantro (optional)
 
Lime wedges (optional)

Directions

  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, 1/2 tsp. each salt and black pepper. Add beef, pork, and corn; mix well. Shape mixture into a round loaf or oblong loaf to fit the slow cooker.
  2. Crisscross three 18-inch strips of foil, folded to double thickness. (see Slow Easy, below). Place meat loaf in center of strips. Bring up foil strips to lift and transfer meat and foil to a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. (If needed, push meat away from side of slow cooker to avoid burning).
  3. Cover, cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or on high for 2-1/2 to 3 hours, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of loaf reads 160 degrees F.
  4. Using foil strips, carefully lift meat loaf from cooker and place on cutting board. Pull foil from meat; discard. Scrape off any drippings from meat and discard. Sprinkle with cheese. Let stand 10 minutes. Serve with corn tortillas, Smoky Tomato salsa, avocado, green onion, cilantro, corn, and lime wedges.

From the Test Kitchen

Oven Variation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place shaped loaf in shallow baking pan. Bake for 1-1/4 hours or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into center of loaf reads 160 degrees F. Sprinkle with cheese and serve as directed in main recipe. Makes 8 servings.

Slow Easy:

To place meat loaf in and lift out of a slow cooker while keeping it in tact, make a foil sling. Tear off three 18-inch strips of foil folded to double thickness. Crisscross the strips in a spoke-like fashion. Place the loaf in the center of the spokes. Lift the ends of the foil strips to transfer the loaf to the cooker, leaving the foil in place during cooking. Use the foil again to lift the loaf from the cooker to a serving platter. Gently pull foil strips away from the loaf and discard.

Smoky Tomato Salsa

Ingredients

 
Reserved tomatoes
1/3
cup chopped green onions
1/4
cup chopped fresh cilantro
2
minced, seeded jalapeno peppers*
1
tablespoon lime juice
1/4
teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl combine reserved tomatoes, green sweet pepper, green onions, cilantro, jalapeno peppers, lime juice, and salt.
From the Test Kitchen
*Note:

Hot peppers, such as jalapenos, contain oils that can burn skin and eyes. Avoid direct contact with them and wear plastic or rubber gloves. If bare hand touch the pepper, wash well with soap and water.

Nutrition Facts

(Slow Cooker Taco Meat Loaf)
    Per serving:
  • 405 kcal cal.,
  • 25 g fat
  • (9 g sat. fat,
  • 3 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 10 g monounsatured fat),
  • 159 mg chol.,
  • 598 mg sodium,
  • 20 g carb.,
  • 3 g fiber,
  • 5 g sugar,
  • 25 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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