Slow Cooker Taco Meat Loaf

Discover how to make meat loaf right in your slow cooker! Homemade meat loaf is one of the most comforting recipes ever, and this slow cooker dinner recipe will warm you up even more with all the Mexican spices in the mix.

Slow Cooker Taco Meat Loaf
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
30 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Slow Cook Time:
5 hrs
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 28 ounce can fire-roasted crushed tomatoes

  • ¾ cup crushed tortilla chips

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika or chili powder

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 pound ground pork

  • 1 cup frozen whole kernel corn

  • ½ cup Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño 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)

Smoky Tomato Salsa

  • Reserved tomatoes

  • 1 green sweet pepper, chopped

  • cup chopped green onions

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 minced, seeded jalapeño peppers*

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  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.

Smoky Tomato Salsa

  1. In a medium bowl combine reserved tomatoes, green sweet pepper, green onions, cilantro, jalapeño peppers, lime juice, and salt.

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.


Hot peppers, such as jalapeños, 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 (per serving)

405 Calories
25g Fat
20g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 405
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 159mg 53%
Sodium 598mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 27.8mg 139%
Calcium 80.8mg 6%
Iron 3.1mg 17%
Potassium 499mg 11%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 32.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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