Recipes and Cooking 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. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Updated on June 19, 2018 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Andy Lyons Prep Time: 30 mins Stand Time: 10 mins Slow Cook Time: 5 hrs Total Time: 30 mins Servings: 8 Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 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 ⅓ cup chopped green onions ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro 2 minced, seeded jalapeño peppers* 1 tablespoon lime juice ¼ teaspoon salt Directions 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. 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). 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. 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 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. *Note: 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. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 405 Calories 25g Fat 20g Carbs 25g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label 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.