Meatloaf Mexicana

Adapted from Gooseberry Patch's 101 Hearty Recipes

I increased the amount of lean ground beef to 1 pound and used oatmeal instead of dry bread crumbs.  In place of Monterey Jack cheese, I used 4 Cheese Blend.  The recipe called for jalapeno and I substituted pickled jalapeño slices.

For meatloaf:

1 pound ground sirloin

1 pound ground pork

1 1/4 cups 4 Cheese Blend, divided

1/2 cup taco sauce

1 cup quick cooking oatmeal

2 eggs, beaten

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced

2 teaspoons pickled jalapeno, finely diced

1 teaspoon salt

For toppings:

iceberg lettuce, shredded

tomatoes, chopped

onions, chopped

shredded cheese

additional taco sauce

Combine ground sirloin, ground pork, 1 cup of cheese, taco sauce, oatmeal, eggs, parsley, jalapeno and salt.  Don't over mix.  Pat into a 9" x 5" loaf pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.    Yep, it looks like meatloaf.


Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until cooked thoroughly.    Still looks like meatloaf

Top it with lettuce, tomato, onions, cheese and taco sauce.   It thinks it's a taco without shells.   Si!

My husband generously sprinkled  Fritos (read:  he dumped 1/2 a bag) on his plate.  I didn't get a picture because all you could see was a plate of Fritos.   He loved this recipe and I will certainly make it many, many more times.

Next day, it's time for a meatloaf sandwich.   Now, it's meatloaf......again.

With consultation, I helped the taco meatloaf see that it doesn't have an identity crisis after all.   It has versatility instead!    We rejoiced and celebrated.   There wasn't a dry eye in the kitchen and it had nothing to do with the chopped onions.