Cheesy Southwestern Meatloaf
From Cook's Country
For our Cheesy Southwestern Meatloaf recipe, we combined ground beef and ground pork for a tender texture and slightly sweet flavor. A little sour cream in addition to the classic eggs kept the loaf moist. Ground corn tortillas, not bread crumbs, bound the meat mixture and added intense corn flavor. A classic palette of Southwestern spices and herbs flavored the meat: chili powder, cumin, and cilantro. We covered the raw loaf with salsa, which turned into a sticky glaze as the loaf baked. Halfway through baking, we covered the top of the loaf with pepper Jack cheese, which melted into a smooth layer when we resumed baking.
Serves 6 to 8
Use either medium or hot salsa for the glaze. Ground pork adds tenderness and sweetness to the meatloaf, but you can use 2 pounds of ground beef if you prefer.
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