Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place shaped loaf in shallow baking pan. Bake for 1-1/4 hours or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into center of loaf reads 160 degrees F. Sprinkle with cheese and serve as directed in main recipe. Makes 8 servings.
To place meat loaf in and lift out of a slow cooker while keeping it in tact, make a foil sling. Tear off three 18-inch strips of foil folded to double thickness. Crisscross the strips in a spoke-like fashion. Place the loaf in the center of the spokes. Lift the ends of the foil strips to transfer the loaf to the cooker, leaving the foil in place during cooking. Use the foil again to lift the loaf from the cooker to a serving platter. Gently pull foil strips away from the loaf and discard.
Nutrition Facts (Slow Cooker Taco Meat Loaf)
405 calories; total fat 25g; saturated fat 9g; polyunsaturated fat 3g; monounsaturated fat 10g; cholesterol 159mg; sodium 598mg; potassium 499mg; carbohydrates 20g; fiber 3g; sugar 5g; protein 25g; trans fatty acid 1g; vitamin a 437IU; vitamin c 28mg; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg; niacin equivalents 6mg; vitamin b6 1mg; folate 32mcg; vitamin b12 2mcg; calcium 81mg; iron 3mg.