My mom made a different meat loaf every week, when I was growing up, to find the one recipe are family would eat. After being subjected to this for years I came up with this recipe that has never failed to get rave reviews.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
55 mins
total:
1 hr 20 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, and green pepper and saute until onions are soft.

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • In a large mixing bowl, place ground beef, crushed crackers, Cheddar cheese, taco seasoning, and sauteed onion and green pepper. Mix thoroughly.

  • Press beef mixture into a 9x5 inch loaf pan. Bake in a preheated oven for 45 to 55 minutes or until done. Check with a meat thermometer for doneness. Internal temperature should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts

325 calories; protein 17.9g 36% DV; carbohydrates 9.4g 3% DV; fat 23.2g 36% DV; cholesterol 76.1mg 25% DV; sodium 610.2mg 24% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (69)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
01/08/2006
Made this for my Dad a self-proclaimed "meatloaf connoisseur" yeaterday for his birthday. He wants me to make it for him again! We did do one of the suggestions by another reviewer. I substituted Mushroom Gravy mix for the Taco Seasoning and it was out of this world!!! Read More
(66)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
04/26/2004
We did not care for this. It was just like a pile of taco meat. Read More
(53)
83 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 36
  • 4 star values: 34
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 4 stars
01/08/2006
Made this for my Dad a self-proclaimed "meatloaf connoisseur" yeaterday for his birthday. He wants me to make it for him again! We did do one of the suggestions by another reviewer. I substituted Mushroom Gravy mix for the Taco Seasoning and it was out of this world!!! Read More
(66)
Rating: 4 stars
08/29/2002
My family thought it was a good meatloaf as a change of pace. You could stand to delete the taco seasoning. I added 1 packet of mushroom gravy mix to the batch. Over all it was worth making and gave me ideas on improving my own meatloaf. Read More
(54)
Rating: 1 stars
04/26/2004
We did not care for this. It was just like a pile of taco meat. Read More
(53)
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Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2005
My husband is a very picky eater and he couldn't get enough of it once he tried it... its that good. Also if you chop up green peppers & onions and freeze them ahead of time... it makes prep work a breeze. Read More
(41)
Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2008
instead of taco mix i used meatloaf seasoning. i used purple onions and added italian seasoning as well. it was so good. very moist and flavorful. Read More
(40)
Rating: 4 stars
12/31/2006
In my opinion this is a great recipe for meatloaf, I added 1TBLSP of Worcestershire sauce and then when it was almost done I cut cheese slices into triangles and topped it and put it back into the oven. They all loved it, I couldn't even put some in the freezer the ate it all up. Read More
(39)
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Rating: 4 stars
03/15/2007
This meatloaf is great. Beats my mom's meatloaf hands down - no offense mom! I've altered this recipe a bit. I use breadcrumbs instead of the crackers and add in 1/2 cup salsa 1 1/2 tbsp. soy sauce and salt and pepper to taste. This is an awesome tex-mex style meatloaf very unique! Thanks! Read More
(38)
Rating: 4 stars
09/26/2004
Good flavor but it fell apart. Next time I will add some eggs to hold it together. I topped it with salsa and stuck it back in the oven for a few minutes after turning it off to heat the salsa. Read More
(37)
Rating: 4 stars
09/27/2005
I am not sure it was the best meat loaf ever but it was good I will make it again but at the end I will put salsa on it. I am going to try and use a low fat cheese I think that might cut down on the greesyness. Read More
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