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Mexican Meat Loaf Tacos

Contributed by: News Canada

Back To School Recipes: Dinner Made Easy to cope with September rush

(NC) - Beginning this month, in recognition of the back to school rush, Hamburger Helper and Old El Paso products are making it cheaper to buy ground beef.

Mexican Meat Loaf Tacos
"Just look in the meat department at your favourite grocery store," says Ivan Guillen, spokesperson for the brands. "Coupon stickers on specially marked ground beef packages announce that you will get $ .75 off the meat, if you buy any two Hamburger Helper dinner mixes. As well, a second coupon sticker allows you to save $ .40 on ground beef if you buy just one Mexican style, Old El Paso item."

In partnership with the Beef Information Centre, this countrywide program is aptly named Dinner Made Easy. Hamburger Helper is a universal family favourite; Old El Paso tacos are a fun taste-treat for families to make; and beef is an excellent source of protein, zinc and vitamin B12, plus a good source of ready-to-use iron. Try these crowd pleasers:

With a meat loaf slice for the filling, these tacos are neat to eat and easy for children's hands.


  • 1 lb (500 g) Canadian Extra Lean or Lean Ground Beef
  • Half (can 14 oz/398 mL) Old El Paso Refried Beans
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) dry bread crumbs
  • 1 pkg (275 g) Old El Paso Taco Kit
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) diced sweet pepper
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) shredded mozzarella or Cheddar cheese

Toppings (optional):

  • shredded lettuce
  • Old El Paso Thick N' Chunky Salsa
  • sliced green onion
  • diced tomato


Combine beef, refried beans, breadcrumbs, seasoning mix and half of the salsa from kit, gently mixing for a tender meat loaf. Press into foil-lined 9 x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan. Combine remaining salsa, corn and pepper; sprinkle on loaf.

Insert oven-safe meat thermometer into centre of loaf. Bake at 350 F (180 C) for 50 minutes until thermometer reads 160 F (71 C). Remove from oven and sprinkle with cheese. Use foil to lift meat loaf to cutting board; let stand for 5 minutes.

Warm taco shells in hot oven for 5 minutes. Cut meat loaf into 12 slices, placing one into each taco shell. Garnish with toppings if desired.

Prep: 5 minutes, Cooking: 50 minutes

Serving Size: Makes 6 Servings



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