Sunday, September 07, 2008

Taco Meatloaf with Taco Rice

Last night we had meatloaf and rice with corn. Sounds plain. I cannot do anything plain, so we had something more tasty!

The Menu:
Meatloaf Sensation (no picture, sorry)
Taco Rice

(and plain corn off the cob which would be good to add to the rice!)

The Origional Recipe:
I got the recipe off of the internet somewhere. It is good. I did make a few changes, so they are following this recipe.

Meatloaf Sensation

2 ½ lbs Ground beef
half an 8-oz Jar salsa
1 pkg Dry taco seasoning, divided
1 Egg, slightly beaten
1 c Bread crumbs
12-oz Pkg shredded Mexican-mix cheese
2 tsp Salt
½ tsp Pepper

Combine all ingredients, except half of taco seasoning. Mix well. Shape into loaf and place in slow cooker. Sprinkle with remaining taco seasoning.
2. Cover. Cook on Low 8-10 hours.
Cook's Notes
to keep the meat out of the grease either place foil balls under it to raise it up or you can place a slice of bread on the bottom to soak up the grease.

The Way I made it My Own:
I just changed a few things to my liking. I used lean meat so i didnt need the foil balls and added less cheese... I also made it in the oven.

Taco Meatloaf

2 lbs Ground beef
half an 8-oz Jar salsa (reserve 3 tbls.)
1/2 pkg Dry taco seasoning
1 Egg, slightly beaten
1 c Bread crumbs
1 cup shredded Mexican-mix cheese
½ tsp Pepper

Combine all ingredients. Mix well. Shape into loaf pan and Sprinkle with remaining Salsa. Bake 275 for 1 hour.

Side Dish:
I found this on It was pretty darn good! Much less sodium than you would find from prepackaged Taco Rice.

Taco Rice


In a ziplock bag (quart size)combine the following ingredients:
• 1 cup instant Long grain brown rice or instant white rice
• 2 teaspoons Chili powder
• 1/2 teaspoon Salt
• 1/4 teaspoon Each oregano; cumin; garlic powder
• 2 tablespoons Dry onion
• 1 Dash red pepper flakes

Seal ; Label the bag. Store on the pantry shelf.
To Prepare:
• 1 package of Taco Rice Mix
• 1 or 2 tablespoons oil
• 4 oz can reduced sodium tomato sauce or 1/2 cup chopped fresh or canned tomatoes
• 1 cup water
Get out a 2-quart saucepan. Heat the oil in the pan over medium heat. Add the contents of the Taco Rice Mix. Sauté the rice and seasonings in the hot oil until the rice is toasty and slightly opaque. Add the tomato sauce and water. Stir it up and bring it to a boil. When it starts to boil, cover the pan with a good lid and remove from heat. Let stand for 5-7 minutes or until soft. Serve topped with cheese for a main dish, or just like it is as a side dish.  This recipe doubles easily. Cook it in a 3-quart saucepan if you double it.

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