We enjoyed a new twist on traditional meat loaf this week. I have made meat loaf like Mother did (ground beef, tomato sauce, cracker crumbs, eggs, onion, and green pepper) as well as substituting bread crumbs or oatmeal for the filler and different seasonings, but this spicy version is a keeper. Crushed tortilla chips and salsa make it a super quick and easy. I liked serving it with fresh roasted corn, black beans, and a garden salad.
1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips
1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 crushed and minced garlic cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup peach salsa (or salsa of your choice)
1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup cup grated cheddar cheese
2 Tablespoons spicy ketchup
1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
Heat oven to 350. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray, crush tortilla chips in sandwich bag, add to mixing bowl. Add salt, pepper, cumin,garlic and salsa and stir to combine. Let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes. Add ground beef and cheese. Mix well, shape into an oval, place in loaf pan, and bake for 50 minutes. Mix ketchup and lime juice and spread over top of meat loaf, then return to oven for another 10 minutes.
I used some tasty peach salsa but you can use any salsa, preferably a chunky one. Turn up the heat by trying Chipotle or Habanero Salsa!