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Fiesta Meat Loaf

No recipe image available.Traditional Mexican seasonings—mild green chiles, salsa, cilantro, cinnamon and cocoa—mingle quite nicely in this meat loaf. A party of flavor for the palate!

Recipe Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds ground beef or pork or a mixture of both
3/4 cup dry plain bread crumbs
1 large egg
1 cup tomato-based salsa - divided use
1 (4.5-ounce) can diced mild green chiles
2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). In large bowl, combine all ingredients, reserving 1/4 cup salsa; mix well.
  2. In ungreased 1 1/2 or 2-quart casserole or 9x5x3-inch loaf pan, shape meat mixture into loaf.
  3. Bake for 50 minutes. Remove from oven. Spoon remaining salsa over top of loaf. Return to oven; bake an additional 20 to 30 minutes or until thoroughly cooked in center and meat thermometer registers 160°F (70°C).

Makes 6 servings.