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Mexican Meatloaf

I had a lifelong aversion to meatloaf up until the past couple years. My mom used to make it when I was younger and I hated it. Actually, I hated most foods being the picky kid I was, but meatloaf I loathed. Even the name sounded gross to me.

A few years back, John asked why I never made meatloaf for supper. He had grown up on his mom’s meatloaf too, but had the opposite experience. He loved meatloaf and wanted it to be a part of our regular meal plan.

The first meatloaf I made I used regular store brand ketchup. I was not a fan. John was in heaven though.

Mexican Meatloaf

The second time around I changed up some ingredients and omitted the ketchup. Instead I used salsa and made it a Mexican style meatloaf! Crushed tortilla chips, taco seasoning and salsa gave it the spicy Mexican flavour that I love in other foods. It turned out fabulous! I ended up eating more than John, which isn’t easy to do.

Mexican Meatloaf - A spicy twist on a classic recipe! This Mexican Meatloaf is packed with beef, cheese, seasonings, chilies and salsa. The results is a mouthwatering meal!

I also added shredded cheddar cheese in the loaf itself to add some extra flavour. The topping is simple: salsa and green onions. I wanted to avoid the sugar laden sauce that normally goes on meatloaf.

Mexican Meatloaf - A spicy twist on a classic recipe! This Mexican Meatloaf is packed with beef, cheese, seasonings, chilies and salsa. The results is a mouthwatering meal!

This meatloaf is moist, a wee bit spicy and is easy to make. The only thing is that ground beef prices are so high these days so I can’t make it as often as I’d like. Ground chicken can be used as a replacement though.

I like to remove my meatloaf from the loaf pan for serving. I find it’s way easier to cut into slices on a serving platter vs. trying to maneuver a knife in a loaf pan.

Mexican Meatloaf - A spicy twist on a classic recipe! This Mexican Meatloaf is packed with beef, cheese, seasonings, chilies and salsa. The results is a mouthwatering meal!

How to Make Mexican Meatloaf

Start by spraying a loaf pan with cooking spray and preheating the oven to 350F.

Add ground beef (uncooked), tortillas, some of the salsa, eggs, taco seasoning and green chilies to a large bowl. Get in there with your clean hands to combine. I find using your hands to be the easiest way to mix.

Add the mixture to the loaf pan. Put it on a baking sheet and into the oven for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes. I recommend using a meat thermometer to check for doneness.

Remove the loaf pan from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before flipping over onto a serving platter. Spread salsa and green onions on top. Slice it up and serve hot.

This meatloaf is moist, a wee bit spicy and is easy to make. The only thing is that ground beef prices are so high these days so I can’t make it as often as I’d like. Ground chicken can be used as a replacement though.

I like to remove my meatloaf from the loaf pan for serving. I find it’s way easier to cut into slices on a serving platter vs. trying to maneuver a knife in a loaf pan.

Mexican Meatloaf - A spicy twist on a classic recipe! This Mexican Meatloaf is packed with beef, cheese, seasonings, chilies and salsa. The results is a mouthwatering meal!

So here it is everyone: the meatloaf recipe that made me like meatloaf again. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do!

Mexican Meatloaf - A spicy twist on a classic recipe! This Mexican Meatloaf is packed with beef, cheese, seasonings, chilies and salsa. The results is a mouthwatering meal!


Yield: 6

Mexican Meatloaf

A spicy twist on a classic recipe! This Mexican Meatloaf is packed with beef, cheese, seasonings, chilies and salsa. The results is a mouthwatering meal!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb extra lean ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cup crushed tortillas
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2/3 cup salsa + 1/2 cup salsa
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 can green chilies (127ml)
  • 3 green onions, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, add ground beef, tortillas, cheese, 2/3 cup salsa, eggs, taco seasoning and green chilies. With your clean hands, combine the mixture until everything is mixed together well.
  3. Add meat to a loaf pan. Place on a baking sheet and put in the oven for 1 to 1 hour 10 minutes, or until meat is cooked. Use a meat thermometer to check.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes before flipping over onto a serving platter. Spread 1/2 cup salsa and green onions on top. Serve hot.

What do you put in your meatloaf?

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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