When you can’t decide on tacos or meatloaf, here’s your answer~
Taco Meatloaf: A Little Bit Of Mexico
If your family is into Mexican food and “Taco Night” is a weekly meal, then change things up a bit with this meatloaf!
You can dress this up or down any way you want. If there’s leftovers, crumble up the meat for a quick regular taco dinner.
In fact, it may be a good idea to double the recipe just for that alone!
The amount of taco seasoning you use is up to you for how “spicy” you want this.
I will use only one envelope of the commercial type or the entire recipe of my restaurant-style taco seasoning. If you like a bolder taco taste, then use two envelopes or double my recipe for homemade.
Commercial taco seasonings vary in taste I have noticed. Some taco seasonings are a bit too heavy on the cumin for my taste as I’m not overly fond of the flavor. My homemade version goes very easy on this spice, so if you want to use my recipe and like the taste of cumin, just add more! Feel free to adjust the amounts of the other ingredients in my recipe. To my way of thinking, cooking for your family is all about their tastes so take it and make it your own!
Dress It Up
Sure this can be served plain with potatoes or rice and a veggie, but why not jazz this up a bit?
Instead of gravy, I will top the slices with either freshly made or commercial salsa A quickie pico de gallo works equally as well. With a food processor or a Ninja system it’s very easy to do! The basic components are onions, seeded tomatoes, garlic, jalapeño and cilantro. The amounts you use are up to you!
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 13/4 cup saltine or Ritz cracker crumbs
- ¼ cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1-2 envelope (1.25 oz) taco seasoning (see NOTES)
- 1 cup salsa/pico de gallo
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or aluminum foil.
- Mix all ingredients, except for the salsa, in a large bowl.
- Shape into a loaf on prepared sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 50-60 minutes, or until center of loaf is 160 degrees F per a meat thermometer.
- Top with salsa or pico de gallo (if desired)
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