Take a traditional, everyday hearty meatloaf recipe and bring a little Latino Love and what do you get? Mexican Meatloaf. CookLikeADad is going to show you how to make Mexican Meatloaf, a great Cooking For Teens Recipe.
Ingredients: Serves a Family of 5+
1.5 Pounds of 80/20 Ground Beef
1 Tube Of Beef Chorizo (You can find this in the un-cooked sausage section)
3 Tablespoons of Oregano Leaves
1 Tablespoon of Garlic Salt
2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
1 Package of Salad Croutons
3 Carrots, Chopped Fine
3 Celery Stalks, Chopped Fine
2 Jalapeño Chilies
1 Serrano Chili
1 Medium Red Onion
1 Can of Tomato Paste
1 Jar of Mexican Salsa
Equipment: Large Mixing Bowl, 2 Fry Pans, Meatloaf Pan, Pre-Heat Oven at 400F
Cooking Steps: Pre-Heat oven to 400F
Just like your regular Meatloaf recipe, you will have to take a few steps to prep your meal. First, make sure to chop your veggies fine, so that even your pickiest eaters wont know that they are eating good food. Next chop your Chilies and half of the Red Onion. Make sure you keep your hands covered while handling the chili. There is nothing worse than getting “chili oil” on your face or skin. Once you have chopped the chili, heat up a small fry pan with oil on medium heat. Stir chilies n pan until the onion and chilies are nice and brown.
Next take your Hamburger into a large bowl and break up the meat into the bowl. Mix all veggies and grilled chilies and onion into the bowl. Add 3 Tablespoons of Oregano leaves, 1 Tablespoon of Garlic Salt into the meat mixture. Heat up the same pan, (Med-Hi Heat) you cooked the Chilies on the stove and break apart the Chorizo. Make sure you cook the Chorizo thoroughly. You can tell it is cooked when it appears to be all broken up and has a dark, burnt orange color. Drop the cooked Chorizo into your bowl of meatloaf mix and ADD Salad Croutons. Hand mix the entire contents of the bowl together.
Who Cut the Cheese?
Take the meatloaf mix and place the first thick layer of Meatloaf into a pre-greased, meatloaf pan. Your first layer should reach the halfway point of your pan. Next, you need to cut thick slices of Cheddar Cheese, (Or pre-shredded cheese) and place on top the meatloaf’s first layer. Once you have the first layer covered in cheese, take the remaining meatloaf mix and top off the pan with the meatloaf. Try to form a ‘channel along the sides of your meatloaf so the meat looks like a loaf of bread, (see video).
The Final Step:
I like to make sure my meatloaf is moist and not dried out. One of the best ways to do this is by having a thick coat of Tomato paste on top of the meatloaf before placing in the oven. However, for this recipe, I am going to combine Mexican Salsa with my Tomato Paste just to keep in line with the Mexican Meatloaf theme. Spread the combined sauce over the top of the meatloaf evenly. Place on the lower to middle rack of a 400 F, pre-heated oven for 40-45 minutes. If you see too much burning at the top, place Aluminum Foil over the top of the meatloaf to complete the 40- 45-minute cooking time. Once done, allow the loaf to set for at least 15- 20 minutes to cool, ( or it will crumble when you serve)