taco meatloaf recipe

I don’t understand people who don’t like meatloaf. I am a huge fan of any scenario where meat gets mixed up with other delicious ingredients and baked in a pan! It’s why I go out of my way to make things like cheeseburger meatloaf or balsamic bacon meatloaf and why I’m always on the lookout for some new way to reinvent this dish from my childhood. Which is why were here, whipping up this recipe for Southwestern taco meatloaf!

Serve it up with our Kale Caesar Pasta Salad or Creamy Corn with Bacon and be sure and let me know what you think of our newest meatloaf recipe!

how to make southwestern taco meatloaf

Start by mixing together all of your meatloaf ingredients in a large bowl. 

meatloaf ingredients

If you want an added kick of Tex-Mex, add some drained black beans and thawed frozen corn in too! We went all out and added them in as well. 

mexican meatloaf

Once you mix everything together well enough, transfer the mixture to a baking sheet lined with foil paper and then shape it into a loaf type log. You want to make sure that it’s even in size so that it all cooks evenly. 

shaped meatloaf

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 1 hr. Carefully remove it from the oven and sprinkle the top with lots of shredded cheese. Return to the oven and cook for about 15 minutes longer. 

finished meatloaf

Once your southwestern taco meatloaf comes out for the last time, sprinkle the top with fresh tomato, pickled jalapeños, and cilantro. It’ll just give it that last finishing touch that you need to take things over the top. 

tex-mex meatloaf

Carefully cut the meatloaf and serve it right away. This would make a great sandwich the next day with lettuce and tomato, or you can break it up a bit and mix it with eggs and make breakfast tacos the next morning. 

southwestern meatloaf recipes

Southwestern Taco Meatloaf
Serves 8
Our Southwestern Taco Meatloaf is the perfect dinner to make during the week! Topped with all of your favorite taco fixin's it's sure to be a crowd pleaser!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 35 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr 15 min
Total Time
1 hr 35 min
  1. 2 pounds ground sirloin or beef
  2. 1 small yellow onion, minced
  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1/2 cup finely crushed tortilla chips
  5. 1 cup store-bought salsa
  6. 1 cup cooked leftover rice
  7. 1 (14-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  8. 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  9. 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  10. 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese
  11. 1 small tomato, diced
  12. 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños
  13. fresh cilantro for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil, for easier clean-up, and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, onion, garlic, tortilla chips, salsa, rice, black beans, corn, and taco seasoning. Mix until well combined and then transfer the mixture to the prepared baking sheet. Shape into a large loaf and bake for about 1 hour.
  3. Remove from oven, sprinkle the top with cheese, and return to oven to bake for another 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Garnish the top with fresh diced tomato, pickled jalapeños, and cilantro. Cut and serve immediately.
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