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Meatloaf Taco In Under 15 Mins

Updated on August 2, 2018

Meatloaf Taco

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Meatloaf Tacos, Quick & Easy

Meatloaf tacos are one of the fastest and easiest meals that you can make and the great news for busy parents is that kids love them too. They are healthy, delicious and very simple to make since they don't require any cooking at all. So, if you don't like to cook or you don't know how or you just don't have enough time, then you are going to use this recipe a lot.

This recipe is not for the experienced cook who enjoys making everything from scratch. Instead it uses pre-made meatloaf from the grocery store as a way of saving time and reducing the amount of cooking that needs to be performed.

These meatloaf tacos are easy to build on and you can easily offer a wide variety of flavors that will please just about anyone so expect to be making them often.

Not Taco Meatloaf

Don't confuse this recipe with the ones that you will see all over the internet for taco meatloaf. Those recipes are for making meatloaf from scratch and crushing up tortilla chips into it.

Whereas this recipe is for making a taco, just like the ones you would get from Taco Bell, only using meatloaf instead of ground beef.

This meal is great for kids but it isn't a kids meal as adults like it just as much. It's a wonderful dish to serve at parties because most people like tacos and these have a fresh, vibrant taste to them.

Easy To Make Taco Recipe


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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 1-5 people

Soft Shell Tacos


  • Meatloaf, Pre-made at Safeway
  • Taco Shells, Or soft tacos
  • Lettuce, Or spinach
  • Onion
  • Tomato
  • Cheese, Shredded
  • Cilantro, For the adults
  • Sour Cream

Making Meatloaf Tacos

  1. There are several, good pre-made meatloafs out on the market including one from Safeway that my wife and I have enjoyed many times. So, instead of making one from scratch, just pick one of these up. You can even order them from Amazon! When you have your meatloaf, cut it up into small pieces about the size of a quarter or even into strips about as thick as your finger.
  2. For the taco shells themselves you can use either the hard shells you can buy in a box or the small, soft ones if you prefer. Both are easy to prepare: the soft shells you can simply either heat in the microwave for about 15 seconds and the hard ones you can do the same with some brands while others you have to heat in the oven for a few minutes so just check the box.
  3. Shred some Lettuce or spinach or a combination of both. That is a great way to get kids to eat spinach.
  4. Dice up some tomatoes.
  5. Dice up some onions.
  6. Stuff the taco shell with a layer of the diced up meatloaf and then add the other ingredients on top.
  7. Make sure you sprinkle everything except the meatloaf and the cheese with a little salt and pepper. I prefer using garlic salt and a little smoked paprika but you don't want to over do it if serving children this meal.
  8. Optional Step: Chop up some cilantro if you like and some avocado too.

Serving Instructions

Meatloaf tacos are the easiest thing you will ever make and can be fun to serve too. When my wife and I make them, we lay out a plate with the ingredients on and serve it family style so that everyone can make their own taco. Kids like making their own food but, if they are young, this can be messy so you might want to make the tacos and serve them already assembled.

I Love Meatloaf

Meatloaf Taco
Meatloaf Taco | Source

Enhancing Meatloaf Tacos

These meatloaf tacos taste great just as they are but there are also some quick and easy ways to add even more flavor:

Cheese - try different cheeses. It comes already pre-shredded and also comes in a variety of flavors. We like the four cheeses in one but there is a wide variety of different flavors to choose from so keep experimenting until you find the one you and your family like the best. Or try Mexican Oaxaca cheese. Its a white cheese that is dry and crumbly and a little salty but very flavorful.

Sour Cream or Crema - comes ready made, you just add it to the tact in whatever quantity suits you. Significantly increases the amount of flavor and gives these tacos an unctuousness that will keep you eating them way after you should probably have stopped.

Guacamole - Also comes pre-made and I have never met a kid yet that does not like it.

Lime Juice or Lime Wedges - my wife is Mexican and she refuses to have a Mexican meal without lime of some kind. She likes the squeeze bottles of lime juice but prefers to have fresh lime wedges so she can squeeze the juice right over the meatloaf tacos.

Salsa or Sauce - the shelves of your local grocery store are stacked with different salsas and 'hot' sauces including my favorite, Chipotle Tabasco but many of these may not be liked by younger children so have them try a little before they heap it onto their dinner.

Building A Better Meatloaf Taco

If you want to add some more variety to your meatloaf tacos you can easily add other, fast to cook ingredients such as rice and beans.

Rice - there are a lot of varieties of fast-cooking rice out there including Spanish rice, fiesta mix and probably a hundred more that would go great with these tacos. Many of these rices you can now make in the microwave in under 10 minutes so they are fast and convenient.

Beans - I am a big fan of beans and I try to fit them in to my daily diet. For these meatloaf tacos you can go as simple as adding a can of pinto or black beans or even red kidney bean or you can go a little more exotic. There are cans of black bean paste that you can find at just about any, major grocery store and those are packed with good flavor. Keep trying them until you find one you like.

How To Fold A Burrito

Frugal Living

One of the reasons I like this dish is because there are great things you can do with the left overs so there is never any wasted food. The ingredients are pretty cheap to begin with but that doesn't mean you have to throw away whatever isn't eaten. Instead there are a few simple ways to use the exact same ingredients without getting tired of them.

Burrito - you can use the left overs in a burrito, especially if you add rice and or beans. Wrapped in a burrito this meal is much more convenient to take as a lunch and can be eaten either cold or hot.

Pita Pocket - pita bread has really become very popular over the last few years and you can now buy it in pocket form that you can easily stuff with whatever filling you like. Healthy and different, the meatloaf taco left overs put into a pita pocket are tasty and easy to eat.

Quesadillas - Easy to make and addictively delicious, quesadillas are even easier to make than meatloaf tacos. You simply get a tortilla and lay it flat. On one half you sprinkle shredded cheese then you put in the ingredients you want. Add more shredded cheese to the top of that and then wither pan cook it until it is golden brown and the cheese has melted or heat it in the microwave (and then toast it a little in the pan if you like).

© 2013 Dale Anderson


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