DSCN2149-1Who would have thought you could make such a delicious tasting meat loaf in a slow cooker! This Southwest-style meat loaf topped with a sweet and tangy sauce is sure to be a winner at your dinner table!

2 cups crushed tortilla chips
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup salsa
1/2 cup egg substitute
1/4 cup sliced ripe olives
1 envelope taco seasoning
2 pounds lean ground beef
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons Louisiana-style hot sauce

1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Crumble beef over mixture; mix well. Shape into a round loaf.

2. Cut three 20-in. x 3-in. strips of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Crisscross the strips so they resemble the spokes of a wheel. Place meat loaf in the center; pull the strips up and bend the edges to form handles. Grasp the foil handles to transfer loaf to a 3-qt. slow cooker. (Leave the foil in during cooking time.)

3. Cover and cook on Low for 3 to 4 hours or until no pink remains and a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees F. Combine the ketchup, brown sugar and hot sauce; pour over meat loaf during the last hour of cooking. Let stand for 10 minutes. Use foil strips to lift loaf out of slow cooker. Makes 8 servings.

Emily

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