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Tapia Family's Meatloaf

Rated as 4.92 out of 5 Stars

"My family kept turning up their noses at my meatloaf. I tried several recipes in hopes of finding one that they would all like. They told it was just too darn plain for their taste. I tried adding oatmeal or rice instead of dry bread crumbs, adding different kinds of veggies, I used canned tomatoes, or ketchup, or tomato paste, or different styles of tomato sauce, even different spices until I came up with this one. When I saw all plates clean and being asked for more, I knew I had found the one they liked and the keeper for our family."
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1 h 15 m servings 279
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Mix ground beef, Mexican-style tomato sauce, eggs, onion soup mix, bread crumbs, green chiles, garlic and herb seasoning, and garlic powder in a large bowl until thoroughly combined. Place mixture into a large loaf pan and shape into a loaf.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until meatloaf is no longer pink inside and an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the middle of the loaf shows at least 160 degrees F (70 degrees C), about 1 hour.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • I sometimes will even use 1/2 cup of grated carrots as well when I use bell peppers instead of canned diced green chiles. If I use bell pepper, I will also make up an envelope of brown gravy that I have added 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms to as well. Use all ground beef or 1 pound beef and 1 pound ground pork.
  • I save a little tomato sauce (1/4 cup tomato sauce) to pour on top in the last 15 minutes of baking if I not going to make a brown gravy to serve with it.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 279 calories; 15.5 11 22.4 117 647 Full nutrition

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This was a nice twist on meatloaf, even my picky husband enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing!

This meatloaf was delicious although I did have a couple small changes to it. I used garlic and onion tomato sauce since my grocery store did not have the Mexican tomato sauce. I added about 8...

very tasty meatloaf. used regular tomato sauce and added some chili powder. skipped the chopped green chiles, only because i didnt have any. and also used pork, veal, and beef mixture as opposed...

simple dish-great for the weekday meal. Perfect as " a little something different".

This was delicious. I made a few changes based on what was on hand: I sauteed 1/4 diced onion, 1/4 diced jalapeno and 3 smashed garlic cloves and used in place of the green chilis and garlic p...

I made this recipe as written with one exception. Instead of the using the hot tomato sauce I used one cup of a local made salsa. This recipe is definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing this.

I've been making this meatloaf for a while and can't believe I haven't rated it before now. It is really good. The hot sauce in the can is important as we've tried it with regular sales as wel...

My boyfriend said it was better than his mothers!!!!! What a compliment!!!! And all 4 of my children loved it too!!!

Worked with medium red taco sauce- didn't have the hot tomato sauce