Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Just for fun, this recipe takes a basic meal and spices it up just a bit for Cinco de Mayo!   I tried cooking it in my crock pot for the first time yesterday and it was a revelation of ease.  Apparently I am the last home cook on the planet to discover cooking meatloaf in a crockpot. 😛  Because of the salsa, the meat loaf stayed moist even after cooking all afternoon.  I served it with peas and chipotle sweet potato fries.  A simple, run-of-the-mill supper was made just a little bit more exciting just by changing the flavor palate!

Fiesta Meatloaf

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup shredded Colby jack cheese (optional)
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp. dried cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
Mix together the spices and the bread crumbs thoroughly.  Beat the egg with the salsa and add the ground beef.  Sprinkle the bread crumb mix over the meat and blend well.  Form into a loaf and place in a casserole dish.  (I do not grease my baking pan as I find that the runoff from the cooking meatloaf coats the pan well enough that additional fats are not needed.)  Bake at 375 for 1 hour 15 minutes – 1 and a half hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 150-160 degrees.
*Note: To cook this in a crock pot, follow the instructions as above, place in the crock pot and cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4 hours.

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