It's beginning to feel more like fall here in the Midwest, and that means many of us will start using the grill a little less and cook our meals inside the kitchen a little more often. One of the best ways to begin the transition back to indoor cooking - and to save time - is to use a slow cooker.
The following recipe, adapted from Fix-It and Forget-It, makes a perfect weekend meal for a family.
Grass-Fed Meatloaf Sensation
2 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 cup salsa
1.25-oz. pkg. taco seasoning*
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 cup dry breadcrumbs
3 cups shredded cheese (we like Cheddar and Monterey Jack, but use your favorites!)
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
4 to 6 oz. beef bone broth
1. Combine all ingredients (through salt and pepper) and mix well. Shape into a loaf and place in a lightly greased slow cooker (the oval-shaped slow cookers are ideal for this). Top with beef bone broth.
2. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour, then on low for 3 hours.
*If you are looking for a more pure taco seasoning than can be purchased commercially, try this recipe:
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container.