Mexican Meatloaf - Family Style

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Hubby and I both enjoyed this dish because it was a change from the traditional meatloaf. I got the original recipe from Your Diet Diva, but made a few modifications. I did not use sour cream on top because my hubby isn't a fan of it and decided to use salsa instead.I think the salsa worked out really well. I also used only 4 oz of green chilies because I thought 8 oz was a bit much for me. Next time, I may substitute the green chilies inside the meatloaf with 1/2 a cup of rotel diced tomatoes. Also, I wanted to add that the original recipe states to add the cheese and sour cream on top of the meatloaf before baking. This did not work out well for me because the cheese got hard and a little burned. You can add the salsa on top before baking, but add the cheese during the last 10 minutes of baking. I will definitely make this recipe again!

Mexican Style Meatloaf - Family Style
Slightly adapted from Your Diet Diva

Ingredients:
2 and 1/4 lbs 95% to 97% lean ground beef (4 - 3/4 Lean)
1/2 cup egg beaters (1/4 Lean)
1 tsp chili powder (2 Condiments)
1/2 tsp ground cumin (1 Condiment)
1/2 tsp salt (2 Condiments)
2 cloves freshly minced garlic (2 Condiments)
1/2 cup salsa (8 Condiments)
1 cup reduced fat Colby and Monterrey jack cheese, grated (1 Lean)
4 oz diced green chili peppers (1 Green)

Directions:
Pre-heat oven to 375° F. In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, egg beaters and spices together. Cut a large square of waxed paper and roll out the ground beef mixture into a flat square. Sprinkle with half of the cheese and the green chili peppers. Roll the waxed paper, with the meatloaf in the middle, until it shapes into a loaf. Carefully unfold the waxed paper from the meatloaf and remove. Fold the ends of the meatloaf to the cheese and chilies will not spill out during cooking. Place in a loaf pan. Top with salsa. Bake in oven at 375° F for 50 to 55 minutes or until done. Sprinkle other half of cheese on top and bake an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
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The whole family will enjoy this. It also makes for great leftovers.

6 servings with 1 Lean, 2.5 Condiments, and 1/6 Green per serving

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