TEX-MEX MEATLOAF

Tex-Mex Meatloaf is a flavorful twist on the classic meatloaf, incorporating ingredients and spices inspired by Tex-Mex cuisine. Here’s a delicious recipe for you to try:

Ingredients:

For the Meatloaf:

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef (or a mixture of beef and pork)
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels (fresh, frozen, or canned)
  • 1/2 cup diced bell peppers (a mix of colors)
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce or salsa
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (adjust to taste)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Prepare the Meat Mixture:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, shredded cheddar cheese, corn, bell peppers, onions, garlic, eggs, tomato sauce (or salsa), ground cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
    • Mix the ingredients until well combined. You can use your hands or a spoon for this step.
  3. Shape the Meatloaf:
    • Transfer the meat mixture to a baking dish and shape it into a loaf.
  4. Prepare the Glaze:
    • In a small bowl, mix together ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce to create the glaze.
  5. Apply the Glaze:
    • Brush or spread the glaze over the top of the meatloaf, ensuring even coverage.
  6. Bake:
    • Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 1 hour or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F (71°C).
  7. Rest and Serve:
    • Allow the meatloaf to rest for a few minutes before slicing.
    • Serve slices of Tex-Mex Meatloaf with additional salsa, sour cream, or your favorite Tex-Mex toppings.
  8. Optional:
    • Customize the recipe by adding ingredients like black beans, jalapeños, or cilantro to the meat mixture for an extra Tex-Mex kick.

This Tex-Mex Meatloaf is a flavorful and satisfying dish that brings a southwestern twist to a classic comfort food. Enjoy it with your favorite sides for a delicious meal!

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