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white plate with two servings of sliced taco meatloaf with a side of tortilla chips

Taco Meatloaf (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Options)

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Taco Meatloaf is a Mexican-inspired twist on this classic American dish. Crushed tortilla chips replace breadcrumbs and the meatloaf is topped with salsa and vegan shredded cheese. This delicious recipe is made gluten-free and dairy-free.

  • Total Time: 95 minutes
  • Yield: 5 1x


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  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 pounds 90% lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup crushed corn tortilla chips (from about 2 cups of chips)
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (use up to 1/2 teaspoon for a spicier flavor)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup prepared salsa, divided in half
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (use vegan shredded cheese if you are on a dairy-free diet)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350° Spray an 8×4-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the beef, tortilla chips, onion, cumin, cayenne pepper, eggs, and ¼ cup of the salsa.
  3. Use your hands or a spatula to mix together the ingredients. Transfer the mixture to your loaf pan and use a spatula or your hands to spread the mixture into all corners of the pan.
  4. Bake the meatloaf for 30 minutes. Then, carefully remove it from the oven and spread the remaining ¼ cup of salsa on top.
  5. Return the meatloaf to the oven to cook for another 35 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the meatloaf reads 160°F.
  6. Remove the meatloaf from the oven and top it with shredded cheese.
  7. Let the meatloaf cool for 10 minutes in the pan before slicing it and serving it.
  8. Enjoy warm.


  1. Use a serrated knife when slicing the meatloaf to help make clean slices.
  2. If you aren’t dairy-free, you can use regular shredded cheddar cheese. 
  3. You can also make this recipe grain-free and paleo-friendly by using grain-free tortilla chips instead of corn chips. Check the snacks aisle of your local health food store for grain-free chips.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 320
  • Sugar: 1.3 g
  • Sodium: 275 mg
  • Fat: 13.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.7 g
  • Fiber: 0.9 g
  • Protein: 37 g
  • Cholesterol: 169.8 mg