Olí Bill really did think out-of-the-box on this one! Meatloaf recipes always have a filler, usually rolled oats or bread crumbs. This one has crushed nacho cheese chips. Clever. It really does make them taste like a taco.
1 pound lean ground beef
1 1/2 Tablespoons Mexican and Taco Seasoning or equal
1/2 cup salsa
1/2 of an 11.5 ounce bag of nacho cheese corn chips
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 can olives sliced or chopped
1 sm. can diced green chili peppers
1 sm. chopped onion
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
1. Combine the ground beef, taco seasoning, salsa and eggs.
2. Crush the corn chips to 1/2-inch pieces. Add the chips, cheese, salt, pepper, olives, chili peppers, and onions to the meat mixture. Mix well.
3. Using the Lean Mini Meatloaf Pan with drain holes, pack and form about one cup of meat mixture into the cups. Place the meat filled pan over the second pan to catch any grease drippings that may occur as it is cooking.
4. Bake for 35 minutes or until it reaches 160 degrees. Let stand for 5 minutes in pan.
This recipe makes ten nice-sized mini meatloaves.
Dennis Weaver is the founder of The Prepared Pantry and the author of How to Bake, a 250 page book that you can get for free.
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